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Du Plessis leads South Africa to victory with a gritty fifty


Du Plessis leads South Africa to victory with a gritty fifty

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South Africa 148 for 4 (du Plessis 79*, Sunny 2-19) beat Bangladesh 96 (Duminy 2-11) by 52 runs

South Africa's attack out-thought and out-classed Bangladesh's steadily improving pack to defend a total of 148, more than half of which was scored by Faf du Plessis, who was unbeaten on 79 off 61 deliveries. On a dry surface that offered no pace and minimal turn, runs had to be ground out and no-one other than du Plessis, and to a lesser extent Rilee Rossouw, showed the patience required to do that.  

Still, Bangladesh would have initially been pleased with their efforts in restricting South Africa to under 150. What they did not bargain for was being skittled out for less than 100 after South Africa's second-tier attack enforced a stranglehold of their own. South Africa's seamers, sans Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, adjusted their tactics to suit conditions and the two spinners - JP Duminy and Aaron Phangiso - benefited from the pressure they created.  

The new playing conditions for Tests, ODIs and T20Is came into effect with this match and Mustafizur's no-ball for height in the 15th over awarded a free hit to South Africa.