Proteas off to soild start

2012-06-20 00:00

HARARE — An undefeated 88 from skipper Hashim Amla led South Africa to a 39-run victory over Bangladesh yesterday in the second match of a non-cap Twenty20 tri-series tournament.

South Africa made 209-3 off 20 overs at the Harare Sports Club and Bangladesh reached 170-8 in reply.

Amla, elevated to captain in the absence of the injured Johan Botha, began slowly, with opening partner Richard Levi (37) claiming most of the early runs.

Amla’s knock after a two-month close-season lay-off included three sixes and nine fours off 53 balls, while Levi banged two sixes and six fours.

“We did quite well to make a below par, sorry, above par score as it put pressure on the Bangladeshis,” Amla said at the presentation ceremony, with his slip of the tongue giving the crowd cause to chuckle.

Ziaur Rahman (1-28) was the best of the Bangladesh bowlers, none of whom got to grips with opponents whose total included eight sixes and 23 fours.

Set a target of 10.50 runs an over for victory, the Tigers had only 19 on the scoreboard when opener Anamul Haque (one) departed and a good knock from Mohammad Ashraful (33) ended in the eighth over when he skied one to Amla.

Jahurul Islam (12) and Nasir Hossain (0) were dismissed in the following over and at 49-4, mission improbable quickly became mission impossible with only skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (50 not out) defying the Proteas bowlers.

SCORES IN BRIEF

South Africa 209-3 (20 overs) (H. Amla 88 not out, R. Levi 37, C. Ingram 29, JP Duminy 23 not out, A. Morkel 22; Z. Rahman 1-28, M. Mortaza 1-44) v Bangladesh 170-8 (20) (M. Rahim 50 not out, Mahmudullah Riyad 34, M. Ashraful 33; R. Peterson 2-16, M. de Lange 2-33)

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