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Bangladesh fold to Steyn onslaught
Dale Steyn stars with the ball as South Africans win one-dayer by 61 runs.
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2008 21:32 GMT

Ashraful injected some fight into the visitors' innings [GALLO/GETTY]
Fast bowler Dale Steyn wrecked Bangladesh with a haul of 4-16 to help South Africa complete a 61-run victory in their first one-day international.

Bangladesh were bowled for 222 in the 45th over after good late-innings hitting propelled South Africa to 283-8 at Senwes Park.

Man of the match Steyn, only recently returned to action after illness, snared two early wickets to leave the Bangladeshis on 19-2.

Danger man

Later, he removed danger man and captain Mohammad Ashraful for 73 as he struck twice in two balls in the 35th over.

Ashraful had featured in two threatening partnerships.

He and opener Tamim Iqbal added 54 for the third wicket, keeping up the required run-rate until the 14th over.

Then, after Iqbal was run out, Ashraful paced himself well in concert with left-hander Shakib Al Hasan - 51 off 77 balls with six fours - to add 92 for the fifth wicket in 20 overs on Friday.

Bowling with attitude, Steyn struck with the first ball of his second spell, having Ashraful, who had started to accelerate his scoring rate ominously, caught behind.

The small but powerful right-hander smashed 10 fours in a delightful 79-ball innings, four of them in one Johan Louw over.

Bangladesh fold

After his dismissal, Bangladesh folded and were all out in 44.2 overs.

Allrounder Albie Morkel also grabbed two wickets in an over in his 3-40, while his brother Morne finished with 2-44 for the hosts.

South Africa smashed 66 in their final five overs to make the total competitive.

Rookie all-rounder Louw battered three sixes and a boundary for 23 off seven balls, and captain Johan Botha hit five fours but needed eight extra deliveries for his 23.

The Proteas' run-rate had earlier been slowed by Bangladeshi spinners Naeem Islam and Abdur Razzak.

Top score

Jacques Kallis top-scored with 50 off 73 balls and put on the biggest partnership of 69 with A.B. de Villiers - 35 off 43 with three fours – for the third wicket in just under 15 overs.

Kallis was out to a good catch on the long-leg boundary by Iqbal off Islam.

The only other 50-run stand was between openers Hashim Amla and Justin Ontong.

Amla was run out for 35 off 34 balls with six fours after being sent back when attempting a risky single, to leave South Africa at 56-1.

Ontong hit four fours in his 27 off 38 balls.

Islam was the best of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3-60 after dismissing Kallis, De Villiers and Botha.

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