SA A send Bangladesh counterparts packing

2011-04-30 12:33

Recovering from a hiccup at the start of the limited overs series, South Africa A clinched the fifth and final game by 60 runs yesterday to secure a 3-1 win over Bangladesh on the back of a 1-0 victory in the first-class series.

Heino Kuhn put up his hand for a place in the Proteas squad after smashing an unbeaten century in the last match of the tour, with the likes of Dean Elgar, Craig Alexander and Vernon Philander all showing fine form.

South Africa A lost the first unofficial ODI by six wickets in East London, with Bangladesh A skipper Mohammad Ashraful bagging 3/27 before smashing an unbeaten 118 to guide his team to victory with more than six overs to spare.

The hosts, however, bounced back to win the remaining matches convincingly, with the third game in Kimberley washed out.

Kuhn averaged 87.5 from four matches with a high score of 141 not out in the last game in Benoni. He was the only South African player to make a century.

Kuhn also became only the third wicketkeeper, after Morne van Wyk and AB de Villiers, to take four dismissals and make a ton in a list A match in South Africa.

Philander was the most successful bowler from either team in the series, with eight wickets at an average of 19.75 and best figures of 4/24.

Bangladesh seam bowler Shahadat Hossein gave away 104 runs without a wicket in Benoni to conceed the 10th most runs in a list A match.

In the preceding two four-day matches, South Africa stole the show despite the rain allowing only 85.4 overs to be bowled in the second game in Pietermaritzburg.

The hosts won the first unofficial Test by 272 runs in Potchefstroom with Alexander taking eight wickets in the match and Stiaan van Zyl hitting an unbeaten 101 in South Africa’s second innings to steer the side to victory.

Elgar, the only player to make more than 200 runs in the series, contributed 169 not out in the only innings of the second match.

South Africa A will play in a tri-series against Australia A and hosts Zimbabwe which starts in June. 

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