South Africa v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, East London November 12, 2008

Final one-dayer washed out

Cricinfo staff

South Africa v Bangladesh - Match abandoned
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A miserable scene in East London © AFP
 

The final one-day international between South Africa and Bangladesh at East London has been washed out. The weather had been poor through the night and there was no let-up during the morning ahead of the day/night encounter, leaving the umpires no option but to abandon the game an hour before the start.

It means South Africa take the series 2-0 and hold onto second place in the one-day rankings as the focus now shifts to the two-Test series which begins in Bloemfontein next week. South Africa start as strong favourites and should have far too much fire power for the visitors on bouncy surfaces. Dale Steyn caused problems during the first two ODIs and looked decidedly sharp. The Bangladesh batsmen can expect plenty of short stuff in the longer format.

However, the rest of South Africa's pace attack has been less than impressive so far this season, sending down a huge number of wides in the one-dayers against Kenya and Bangladesh. Morne Morkel, who begun his domestic season brilliantly, has had major problems with his radar, while the performances of Johann Louw and Albie Morkel suggest the pace ranks are not as well as stocked as previously thought.

Makhaya Ntini is likely to return for the Tests after racking up the overs in the SuperSport series, while Monde Zondeki remains on the fringes after being overlooked for the ODIs against Bangladesh.

The batting, though, is causing fewer concerns despite the suspension of Herschelle Gibbs. He wouldn't have been considered for the Tests, where Neil McKenzie has formed a solid combination with Graeme Smith, who returned form injury on Sunday with 65 in Benoni, while Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers have all spent time in the middle during the ODIs. The two Tests against Bangladesh offer further opportunity for fine tuning before the tour of Australia next month.