South Africa A v Bangladesh A, 5th unofficial ODI, Benoni April 30, 2011

Kuhn's ton powers South Africa A to series win

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South Africa A 320 for 4 (Kuhn 141*, Ashraful 2-73) beat Bangladesh A 260 (Siddique 96, Alexander 3-61) by 60 runs

South Africa A beat Bangladesh A by a comfortable 60-run margin at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, to take the five-match series 3-1. The win was fashioned by a blistering, unbeaten 141 by Heino Kuhn.

Asked to field, Bangladesh prised out the South Africa openers early on, leaving them 40 for 2 in 8.1 overs. But a steady 136-run stand between wicketkeeper Kuhn and captain Dean Elgar followed, laying a solid base for a big total. Kuhn cut loose after getting to a century off 110 balls, tonking his last 41 runs off just 16 deliveries. He was given adequate support in the late charge that took South Africa to 320, with Vaughn van Jaarsveld getting a 40-ball fifty and Ryan Bailey clearing the ropes a couple of times in a cameo to finish 22 not out off 9.

Bangladesh's chase was steered by a solid 124-run partnership for the second wicket between Junaid Siddique and Saghir Hossain. But once run-outs claimed the pair - Siddique went four short of a ton and Saghir fell soon after completing his fifty - South Africa took control of the innings, picking up wickets at regular intervals. The bowlers shared the wickets around, but Craig Alexander was the pick of the lot with three middle order wickets.

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  • Hasib on May 1, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    what a captaincy by ashraful!! he used all his expensive bowlers for their 10 overs and didn't allow his economic bowlers to bowl their full 10 overs!! what is ashraful's average if we take away his century of the year (he barely scores a century every year though)?? very low i assume.. and why did Siddique's strike rate drop from 98% to 88% when he was in his 90's? was he playing for his own name or was he playing for his team because the required run rate went up from 8.14 to well over 12? they had 8 wickets in hand, required RR from last 21 overs was about 8..why did they only manage 260?

  • Bang on April 30, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    After all, GREAT Ashraful is there, how can Bangladesh put a fight, save the win!

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