South Africa Academy v Bangladesh Academy, Pretoria

All-round van der Merwe hands SA innings win

Cricinfo staff

August 16, 2008

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South Africa Academy 416 (van der Merwe 79, Levi 77, Avontuur 60) beat Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy 163 (van der Merwe 6-52) and 190 (de Villiers 4-66) by an innings and 63 runs

South Africa Academy bounced back from their narrow loss in the first game to thump the Bangladesh Cricket Board Academy by an innings and 63 runs inside three days in Pretoria. Roelof van der Merwe was the star of the show with a half-century and seven wickets to his name in the hammering.

Bangladesh were forced to follow on after van der Merwe, a left-arm spinner, induced a collapse to bowl them out for 163 in reply to South Africa's 416. Their highest partnership of 39 between Marshall Ayub and Shamsur Rahman was broken by van der Merwe, when he dismissed Ayub to take the first of six wickets in the innings. In his next over, he had Rahman, Bangladesh's top scorer in both innings, caught for 37.

Day two begun with South Africa comfortably placed on 339 for 5, as their first three batsmen had chipped in with half-centuries each. van der Merwe had himself contributed an unbeaten 57 and in the first 19 overs of the day the South Africans added 77 more - van der Merwe contributing 22 - after which they picked up 11 Bangladesh wickets in 65.5 overs - van der Merwe taking six.

Trailing by 217 runs, Bangladesh began day three by losing two wickets in the first ten overs. Rahman batted for more than two hours for his 45 in the second innings but with wickets steadily falling at the other end, and more than a day to bat out, it was a futile effort. After he fell to CJ de Villiers, Bangladesh lasted only 40 more balls. de Villiers and Basheeru-Deen Walters picked up five wickets each for the match.

Now with honours even, the two Academy sides will meet for three one-day games between August 20 and 24.

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