MIRPUR: Bangladesh not only beat South Africa in the second One Day International by seven wickets to draw level 1-all in the three-match series but also secured their spot in the 2017 Champions Trophy to be held in England.
Bangladesh’s qualification means that either West Indies or Pakistan will miss out on the tournament.
Bangladesh are currently ranked seventh in ICC’s ODI rankings, with Pakistan and West Indies below them. They have 94 rating points that have guaranteed their qualification for the 2017 Champions Trophy. If they lose the last ODI of the series, they will drop to 93 rating points, which will still be enough to ensure qualification because there is no scenario in which both Pakistan and West Indies can each achieve 93 rating points (unless more matches are added to the international schedule). The cut-off date for the qualification is September 30, 2015.
South Africa were dismissed for 162, their lowest total against Bangladesh and their lowest batting first in an ODI since November 2009 when they were dismissed for 119 by England.
The Proteas batters were strangled by both seam and spin on a slow surface with Faf du Plessis’ 41 being the highest individual score.
By contrast Bangladesh seemed to be batting on a totally different pitch and strolled to victory with more than 20 overs to spare with Soumya Sarkar taking the man of the match award with an unbeaten knock of 88 off 79 balls inclusive of 13 fours and a six which won the match.
The feature of the Bangladesh run chase was the third wicket stand of 135 between Sarkara and Mahmudullah who made 50.
Scores: South Africa 162 (46) (F de Plessis 41, F Berhardien 36, Mustafizur Rahman 3/38, Rubel Hossain 2/34, Nasir Hossain 3/26)
Bangladesh 167-3 (27.4) (Soumya Sarkar 88 not out, Mahmudullah 50, K Rabada 2/45)