Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The trophy has been handed to South Africa on the back of two excellent, all-round performances. The focus shifts to the ODIs now, which begins on Friday. Hope to have your company then. This is Alagappan Muthu, signing off

Faf du Plessis is the Man of the Series. "They were much better in putting up a fight. Our boys played a great two match series. In tough conditions, we batted really well and we bowled really well too. Banana on the outfield for Kyle Abbott. At the end of the day, they don't make mistakes on purpose. We're practicing hard. It's extremely humid. AB's face was about to explode in the heat. We need to battle longer now. In the ODs and the Tests. They've done really well in one-day cricket. But its important for us that we have put our own statement out by winning this 2-0. We respect them, and we'll play our best cricket"

"There are some positives. And we have to learn from our mistakes too," Mashrafe says, "It was an off day as a fielding ground. So hopefully we'll come back in the one-dayers. [Temperement] After the start, we lost too many wickets. But we haven't played too many T20s recently. Not an excuse. We just have to improve. We've just been concentrating on ODIs and Tests. As a professional team though, we have to come and perform. We have to fight. We couldn't fight here at all. Hopefully that changes"

4.00 pm Eddie Leie, on South Africa debut, is Man of the Match. "very pleased. Very good start. But hte credit goes to the batters. the way AB and Quinton started and the way Rilee and MIller finished set the bowlers up. I just thought I had to keep it simple and hit my lengths. With the humidity, it was hard to grip the ball. Just tried to keep it wicket to wicket. It's great. It's an environment everyone wants to be in. Just very happy to be around such great players"

3.50 pm A pretty thorough performance from the visitors again and their reputation against spin, and in bowling spin keeps growing. They've found another pleasing legspinner in Eddie Leie, who trusts in flighting the ball and using his googlies. Big smiles from Phangiso as well, who was quite effective despite Bangladesh having a lot of left-handers. Then the fast bowlers came back to mop up the tail. Good old fashioned cricket.

Mashrafe Mortaza wanted his batsmen to show better application, but today his team was sloppy in the field and that's more the reason why they lost. There were too many runs to chase down on this slow pitch. The only time they threatened was when Soumya Sarkar was playing like a dream. He's one to watch out for in the future. Times the pants off the ball. He'll need to play longer innings now. Has to convert his promise

Prushanta: "In the end, the AB-DeKock start made all the difference..."

Abhijit Naik: "MEN of the match: AB, de kock, Leie, Phangiso, and Russow. #HuntingInPacks"

James: "Nice to see the death over yorker is not an endangered species! Best ever at it, i think was Big Bird Joel Garner. Wonder how he'd have fared in modern day T20? Pretty well, i suspect." --- Oh Waqar has to be stiff competition

Abbott to Mustafizur Rahman, OUT, off stump uprooted! South Africa win the series. Abbott has made a strong claim to be a permanent fixture in South Africa's attack. Mustafizur looks to slap it through the covers, too good for him

Mustafizur Rahman b Abbott 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Abbott to Rony Talukdar, OUT, his yorkers are quite something. Tinged in with deadly reverse swing. This one began outside off, then veers in looking for the base off stump. Rony realises the threat too late. Tries to save himself. But this is too good a ball to be denied a wicket

Rony Talukdar b Abbott 21 (34m 22b 0x4 1x6) SR: 95.45

Abbott to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, bang! Saw Mashrafe moving outside leg to scoop, Abbott makes that impossible with a leg-stump yorker that hits its mark

Mashrafe Mortaza b Abbott 17 (12m 8b 0x4 2x6) SR: 212.50

Phangiso to Mashrafe Mortaza, SIX runs, another! The bowler goes flatter and on leg stump, but Mashrafe doesn't care. Gets down the track and mauls it to the long-on boundary as well. Flat hit
Phangiso to Mashrafe Mortaza, SIX runs, skips down to the pitch to slam a flighted delivery into the sightscreen. Mirpur roars

Abheek: "Not to forget Tabraiz Shamsi who has taken back-to-back 4-fers in the CPL. SA has a lot of depth when it comes to spinning options."

Phangiso to Liton Das, OUT, lovely, well-judged catch from Wiese! Races quite a distance from long-on, has to worry about Leie in his eyeline as well because he was running in from deep midwicket. Makes sure to concentrate only on the ball though and takes it excellently. Another down the track swipe doesn't pay off for Bangladesh

Liton Das c Wiese b Phangiso 10 (11m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

Phangiso to Rony Talukdar, SIX runs, hammered away! Talukdar dances down the track and heaves it away down the ground. Vicious strike, settles into the second tier stands over long-on
Duminy to Liton Das, FOUR runs, nips down the track and rolls his wrists on a flighted delivery outside off. Seemed like he was just looking for a single, but he timed the shot so very well
Phangiso to Nasir Hossain, OUT, eesh! just when I said he likes pressure. Jumps down the track to lift it in the air. Looks nothing more than a chip, which means that's a poor choice of shot with long-off around. Rossouw again, races in and takes an easy catch.

Nasir Hossain c Rossouw b Phangiso 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Leie to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, wicket off a full toss and Mushy's gone! Leie's having a ball! He was looking to slice it away over short cover, didn't get the elevation he wants. Rossouw does though, good leaping catch. Bangladesh slipping away again

Mushfiqur Rahim c Rossouw b Leie 19 (22m 16b 1x4 1x6) SR: 118.75

Nasir Hossain, he's a good batsman to have in a situation like this. Does well under pressure

Leie to Sabbir Rahman, OUT, slugged away to Miller at deep midwicket! Sabbir was reaching for the ball in front of him and outside off. Goes for a slog sweep. Connects decently, but he's not placed it. The fielder runs forward and dives to complete a pretty good catch

Sabbir Rahman c Miller b Leie 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Leie to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX runs, that's beautiful! Leie can have his hands on his head all he wants, but the inside out cover drive is one of his strengths and Mushfiqur has timed this perfectly. Abbott leaps up on the boundary to try and catch it. No such luck

tahir: "Shakib is not having a good game so far from where i am standing. First he goes for 19 of his last over then he goes for a dot on a free Hit. CSA bowlers are strangling the BD batsman so far. "

Phangiso to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs, catch it is the cry,and oopsy, Abbott's slipped on the long leg boundary. He was running across towards square leg, forgetting the ball would pitch and spin. As he tries to redirect himself, he falls on his face and the ball dribbles to the boundary
Phangiso to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, he's knocked Shakib over straight away! The left-hander was targeting the left-armer, races down looking for a six over long-on. Made decent connection, but Rossouw is so cool on the boundary. Leaps up just perfectly to take a very well judged catch. First that late blitz. now this catch. He's making some big-impact contributions

Shakib Al Hasan c Rossouw b Phangiso 8 (18m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Dave Edmond: "Leie's bowling action is pretty similar to Danish Kaneria.Right ?" --- A little bit, yes. But he's off. Phangiso is on

Duminy to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, free hit has become a dot. Tosses it up and puts it wider of off stump. Shakib bunts it back at the bowler
Leie to Soumya Sarkar, OUT, does him in! Beautiful flight, pulls the batsman out if his crease. Soumya looks to lash it through the covers, and was already looking a little nervous. The ball goes on with the arm and past the outside edge. De Kock is too good of a keeper to miss out

Soumya Sarkar st †de Kock b Leie 37 (31m 21b 6x4 1x6) SR: 176.19

Parnell to Soumya Sarkar, SIX runs, phew! How's that as a counterpunch. It's a shade down leg and Sarkar leans forward and swings his hands through the line. The timing is again perfect

Shakib is up at No. 3

Parnell to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, that's gone up! The slower, short ball sticks in the pitch just enough. Tamim had committed on the front foot, then to attack the ball. Swings at it, gets a top edge and is caught easily at midwicket.

Tamim Iqbal c Wiese b Parnell 13 (25m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

Abbott to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR runs, gully leaps up, but it's lobbed him! Sarkar moves away from the ball and uses his wrists again to give it just enoug elevation. Still a tad risky, but he wears it well
Wiese to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR runs, too short and Sarkar has pummeled it away to the right of square leg. He doesn't bother keeping the ball down because he's supremely confident of his placement. The fielder goes for a big dive, he's horizontal with the ground as the ball hurtles past him
Wiese to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR runs, heaved away to long-on. Sarkar rushes down the track, has to wait a sec for the slower delivery and then directs it wide of Faf. The SA captain slides to push the ball back, but his feet were in contact with the rops

Zeeshan Mahmud: "Tamim is a big fan of Fred Astaire. "

Parnell to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR runs, rushes at the bowler and swings away. Gets a thick outside edge that soars over the point fielder. A little streaky, but that's Tamim's way
Parnell to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR runs, all it takes is one mistake. Parnell bowls short and wide and Sarkar gets on top of it and cuts it strongly behind point. Another excellent shot.
Duminy to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR runs, smeared away! Magnificent shot from Sarkar. Full of class. Broke into that special store of timing that only left-handers can locate. Perhaps a touch overpitched, but he drives it through the covers and just admires the shot
Abbott to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR runs, slashed away to the point boundary. Just on a length, but the mistake was affording the batsman a bit too much width

SA's spin heist


The most wickets taken by South Africa's spinner in a T20I before today. They have already taken six in this match.