South Africa leveled the three-match series 1-1 after beating Bangladesh (SA vs BAN) by seven wickets in the second ODI here on Sunday. For the hosts, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took five wickets for 39 runs. Bangladesh surprised everyone by defeating South Africa by 38 runs in the first match of the series. The decider of the series will be played on 23 March.
Coming to bat first, Bangladesh scored 194 runs for 9 wickets. The team got off to a bad start. On 34 runs, 5 batsmen of the team had returned to the pavilion. After this, useful innings of Afif Hossain (72) and Mehdi Hasan Miraj (38) took the team to 194 runs. Apart from Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Tabrez Shamsi and War Dan Dusan took 1-1 wickets.
Opener Quinton de Kock gave a quick start to South Africa. De Kock with Jaaneman Malan made a partnership of 86 runs in 75 balls for the first wicket. The team achieved the target in 37.2 overs for the loss of three wickets. De Kock played the biggest innings of 62 runs for South Africa. Kyle Wren also played an unbeaten innings of 58 runs.
Rabada was given the man of the match award for his superb bowling. He took 5 wickets for the second time in ODI cricket. Earlier in 2015, Rabada took 6 wickets against Bangladesh in his debut match. Now after 7 years, he has once again taken 5 wickets in the match against Bangladesh.