South Africa vs Bangladesh Cricket Series 2008-09

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BAN vs SA, 2nd Test, Centurion: South Africa completes emphatic victory (SA 2:0)

Fiery fast bowling and lively fielding sent Bangladesh tumbling to their second successive innings defeat on the third day of the second and final Test against South Africa at Centurion Park.
South Africa won by an innings and 48 runs to clinch the series 2-0 after bowling out Bangladesh for 131 in their second innings. They won the first Test in Bloemfontein by an innings and 129 runs. South Africa's pace attack put the tourists under pressure from the start of their second innings and Bangladesh contributed to their own downfall with three run-outs, two from direct hits from the deep as the batsmen attempted second runs.
It was a disappointing ending for Bangladesh who briefly held the upper hand on the second day when they reduced South Africa to 134 for five after making 250 in their first innings.
Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher turned the match decisively in the home side's favour with a South African record sixth wicket partnership of 271. Prince made a career-best 162 not out while Boucher scored 117.
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took three wickets in four balls Friday morning to spark a collapse in which South Africa lost their last five wickets for 24 runs. Shakib finished with six for 99, his second haul of five wickets or more in two innings during the series.
BAN vs SA, 2nd Test, Centurion: South Africa 429 beat Bangladesh 250 & 131 by an innings and 48 runs

BAN vs SA, 1st Test, Bloemfontein: South Africa seal innings victory (SA 1:0)

Dale Steyn took his ninth five-wicket haul in Tests Saturday, helping bowl South Africa to victory over Bangladesh by an innings and 129-runs in the first of two Tests.
Steyn took 5-63 as South Africa cruised to victory before lunch on the fourth day, with only Mehrab Hossain Jr. putting up any resistance for Bangladesh with a defiant 43 not out. Mehrab batted for 139 minutes in his 69-ball innings.
Bangladesh resumed its second innings on 67-3 overnight, following on after South Africa scored 441-9 declared in its first innings and then dismissed the tourists for just 153 in reply.
After half-an-hour of resistance, the wickets started to tumble, with captain Mohammad Ashraful the first to go with the score on 80. He was caught off the bowling of Makhaya Ntini by Neil McKenzie in the gully for 13. Then Steyn struck, removing Shakib Al Hasan for a duck, and, after Mushfiqur Rahim was run out, getting rid of Naeem Islam and Mashrafe Mortaza in quick succession.
There was a flicker of determination from Shahadat Hossain and Mehrab who put on 44 for the ninth wicket, but Steyn bowled Shahadat for 16 and Jacques Kallis took the wicket of Mahbubul Alam to wrap things up for South Africa. The second Test starts Wednesday.
BAN vs SA, 1st Test, Bloemfontein: South Africa 441-9 dec beat Bangladesh 153 & 159 by an innings and 129 runs

Bangladesh in South Africa Cricket Series 2008

Bangladesh Cricket team announced for two Tests against South Africa

Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Thursday the 15-member Bangladesh National Cricket team which will play two Test matches against South Africa National Cricket team in South Africa.
Bangladesh Cricket team conceded a 2-0 defeat by South Africa in the three-match ODI series. Bangladsh started their ODI campaign with a meagre start as the tigers lost to the Proteas by 61 runs in the first ODI on November 7.
Bangladesh will face South Africa in the first Test match, which starts on November 19. The Tigers will meet the Proteas in the second Test match, which begins on November 26.
Their is no change in the ODI squad of Bangladesh team, which are now touring in South Africa. Bangladesh Test team: Mohammad Ashraful (Captain), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Zunaed Siddique, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehrab Hossain (Junior), Shahadat Hossain, Mahbubul Alam Robin, Abdur Razzak, Imrul Kayes, Roqibul Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Syed Rasel and Nazmul Hossain.

BAN vs SA, 3rd ODI, East London: Match abandoned due to rain

Incessant rain washed out the third and final limited-overs cricket match between South Africa and Bangladesh at East London’s Buffalo Park yesterday.
It was a huge disappointment for supporters of the game on the Border who had looked forward to the clash for months. At about 1pm the umpires, Nigel LLong of England and Marais Erasmus made their decision to cancel the match.
There was no need even for them to squelch their way to the middle, as it was obvious from early yesterday morning that there would be no play following the steady rain which fell throughout Tuesday night in East London.
The first Test between South Africa and Bangladesh starts in Bloemfontein next week.
BAN vs SA, 3rd ODI, East London: Match Abandoned Due To Rain

BAN vs SA, 2nd ODI, Benoni: Amla century sets up big win for South Africa

Hashim Amla made a maiden one-day international century as South Africa beat Bangladesh by 128 runs in the second one-day international at Willowmoore Park Sunday.
Opening batsman Amla struck an elegant 140 off 134 balls as South Africa slammed 358 for four, their highest total in a one-day game against Bangladesh. The tourists replied with 230 all out as South Africa took a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal thrashed 41 off 22 balls at the start of the Bangladesh innings but the rest of the Bangladesh batsmen, with the exception of Junaid Siddique (47) struggled against South Africa's pace-based attack. Amla shared in century partnerships with captain Graeme Smith (65) and Jacques Kallis (49).
It was a successful return for Smith, who was playing in his first match since returning from a tour of England in August because of a tennis elbow injury. Smith and Amla set the foundation for South Africa's big total with a first wicket stand of 136 after Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful won the toss and sent the home side in, hoping to take advantage of overcast conditions and the possibility of rain later.
Smith looked in good form and showed no ill effects from his injury as he made his 65 off 67 balls with six fours and a six. Both batsmen were dropped, Amla on 15 and Smith on 54, as Bangladesh's fielding fell below the standard they achieved in Potchefstroom Friday when they were beaten by 61 runs in the first game of the three-match series.
Amla took full advantage of a let-off by Mashrafe Mortaza at deep backward square leg off Syed Rasel. Regarded as a Test match specialist before replacing Smith in the last two one-day internationals in England, Amla produced an array of classic strokes in the early overs and showed the ability to hit out later on. He hit eight fours and four sixes.
The left-handed Tamim Iqbal, 19, blazed away at the start of Bangladesh's innings, hitting four boundaries in Johann Louw's first over, then hitting Steyn for two fours and a hooked six in the next over. It was too good to last, however, and he tried one big shot too many, top-edging a hook off Steyn to square leg.
Siddique also started aggressively but became tied down before he was leg before to off-spinner Johan Botha for 47 off 80 balls. Botha and Steyn took three wickets each for South Africa.
BAN vs SA, 2nd ODI, Benoni: South Africa 358 for 4 (50.0 overs) beats Bangladesh 230 all out (49.2 overs) by 128 runs

BAN vs SA, 1st ODI, Potchefstroom: South Africa beats Bangladesh by 61 runs

Dale Steyn produced a devastating display with the ball as South Africa claimed a 61-run victory in the first one-day international against Bangladesh.
The quick finished with figures of four for 16 as South Africa dismissed the tourists for 222, despite the best efforts of Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan, who made 73 and 51 respectively. Jacques Kallis had earlier scored a half-century to set South Africa on the way to a total of 283 for eight.
Albie Morkel and Morne Morkel also took five wickets between them for the Proteas as Tamim Iqbal (24) and Naeem Islam (25no) were the only other Bangladesh players to reach double figures. South Africa had no such problems earlier on and their dominance with the bat could have been even greater, but for some fine fielding from the tourists and the bowling of Naeem.
He took three for 60 off 10 his overs, including the all-important wicket of Kallis for 50, tempting the all-rounder to launch over deep midwicket and into the hands of a leaping Tamim Iqbal on the boundary. AB De Villiers, who hit an almost identical shot, also fell to Naeem, this time caught by Imrul Kayes. The pair had steadied the ship after the loss Hashim Amla (35) and Justin Ontong (27).
Mark Boucher only added eight before he was scuppered by a great catch from Islam off Mashrafe Mortaza. Jean-Paul Duminy followed for 36 in the 44th over when he was trapped lbw by Al Hasan and Johan Botha hit a quickfire 23 before sweeping Islam over square leg to Razzak, leaving Albie Morkel (32 not out) and Johann Louw (23) to rack up the runs late on.
Steyn made an immediate impact after Bangladesh took to the middle. He removed Imrul Kayes, caught by Amla for one, and Junaid Siddique lbw for two, before Iqbal and Ashraful combined to bolster Bangladesh hopes. But Iqbal was run out and his replacement Mushfiqur Rahim followed the next over, having been dismissed caught and bowled by Morne Morkel to leave Bangladesh struggling on 77 for four.
BAN vs SA, 1st ODI, Potchefstroom: South Africa 283 for 8 (50.0 overs) beats Bangladesh 222 all out (44.2 overs) by 61 runs

BAN vs SA, T20, Johannesburg: South Africa beat Bangladesh by 12 runs

South Africa fought back to defeat Bangladesh by 12 runs in a tightly fought, rain-shortened Twenty20 match on Wednesday.
Bangladesh needed 122 to win under the Duckworth-Lewis system after South Africa was held to 118-7. The match was reduced to 14 overs per side because of rain. Bangladesh looked well placed early to record an upset win in the one-off encounter at New Wanderers Stadium, reaching 56 for 1 off just five overs after some explosive batting from captain Mohammad Ashraful.
Ashraful hit five fours for his 21 off just 10 balls before being bowled by Johan Botha, while opener Tamil Iqbal top-scored with 25, including four fours in 24 balls. But aside from Naeem Islam (15) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12), no other batsmen reached double figures as Bangladesh slumped to 109 for 8. Fast bowler Dale Steyn starred with the ball for South Africa, taking two for 18 off three overs.
Rory Kleinveldt, making his Twenty20 international debut, took Junaid Siddique's wicket with his first ball, as the Bangladesh opener gloved a swinging ball to wicketkeeper A.B. de Villiers. But then Ashraful went on the offensive, striking three fours as Kleinveldt went for 20 runs off his only over.
BAN vs SA, T20, Johannesburg: South Africa 118-7 (14.0 overs) beat Bangladesh 109-8 (14.0 overs) by 12 runs (D/L)

BAN vs SA, T20, Johannesburg: Smith out of Twenty20 clash

South Africa will be without Graeme Smith for Wednesday's Twenty20 match against Bangladesh but the captain is hoping to be fit to play some part in the one-day international series.
The Proteas skipper has still not fully recovered from an elbow injury but revealed he is likely to return at some point in the three-match ODI series which begins on Friday. "I'm doing nicely at the moment," he said. "I've been working really hard. I'm just being a little bit conservative I guess."
He added: "[Against] Kenya and the early part of Bangladesh I'm just really doing a lot of training and a lot of rehab in the nets. "I'll probably be back in the second or third ODI against Bangladesh. But things are good and we're just building up nicely."
South Africa head into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory in the weekend's one-day series against Kenya, and Smith admits the team are coping well without him. He said: "Our one-day side has got a little bit of work to do. They've had a few changes recently and if you compare it to our Test team, that is really strong and had real success, so the team has some work to do.
"It's nice to always start in a positive way and to see the youngsters like JP (Duminy) and everybody performing well, getting opportunities and taking them. It's encouraging to me as a captain."

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.