Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Amla gets pale. SA Win by 39 runs

An undefeated 88 from Captain Hashim Amla led South Africa to a 39-run win over Bangladesh Tuesday in the 2nd match of a non-cap Twenty20 tri-nations tournament.

Zimbabwe Twenty20 Triangular Series South Africa made 209-3 off 20 overs in cool, partly cloudy situation at Harare Sports Club and Bangladesh reach 170-8 in reply to suffer a 2nd defeat in 3 days after failing by 11 runs against hosts Zimbabwe.

Amla, elevated to skipper in the absence of injured Johan Botha, began slowly with opening partner Richard Levi (37) claiming most of the early runs, but once he got going the Bangladeshi Tigers bowlers suffer. His chance-less knock after a 2-month close-season lay-off included 3 sixes and 9 fours off 53 balls while Levi banged 2 sixes and 6 fours in his 30-minute stay at the pleat.

We did quite well to make a below par, sorry, over par score as it put pressure on the Bangladeshis, Amla said at the arrangement 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 opponent whose total integrated 8 sixes and 23 fours on a firm, run-friendly wicket devoid of grass.

Set a target of 10.50 runs an over for victory, the Tigers had only 19 on the scoreboard when opener Anamul Haque (1) depart and a good knock from Ashraful (33) ended in the 8th over when he skied one to Amla. Jahurul Islam (12) and Nasir Hossain (0) were dismissed in the next over and at 49-4, mission unlikely fast became mission impossible with only captain Mushfiqur Rahim (50 not out) defying the Proteas bowlers.

We have got to do the little things right when we play the big boys, said Rahim. Our bowlers let us down as we had to limit South Africa to about 180 to have any chance of winning.

Player of the match HM Amla (South Africa)

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