David Miller’s blitz helps South Africa whitewash Bangladesh in T20 series

South Africa completed another win against Bangladesh in the second game of the T20 series played at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. Bangladesh was never in the contest as they won the toss and opted to field first. Though they made early inroads to see South Africa placed at 37 for 2 before Hashim Amla and David Miller produced a mammoth partnership to see the hosts post 224 runs on the board. Bangladesh in reply could not get going and could only manage 141 runs in the chase to see South Africa win the game by 83 runs.

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Jean Paul-Duminy and Mangaliso Mosehle failed to produce any notable scores as Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets to his name. Hashim Amla led the way with the bat at the top of the order. He scored 85 runs off 70 balls and smashed 11 boundaries in his innings. He was joined by David Miller with South Africa placed at 78 for 3 after 10 overs. AB De Villiers scored 20 runs but was dismissed by Mohammad Saifuddin. Amla added 79 runs with Miller to see South Africa get in a good position to register a big score on the board.

Miller took certain stage once Amla departed after scoring 85 runs. The left-handed batsman struck the ball beautifully and went after the Bangladesh bowlers. Shakib Al Hasan and co. had no answers to the assault launched by Miller. He did have a slice of luck in going to on to notch fastest century in T20 cricket.

Rubel Hossain created an opportunity for Bangladesh but Mushfiqur Rahim dropped Miller who decided to go berserk in the last couple of overs. The last over of the innings was the highlight as Mohammad Saifuddin was smashed for five sixes in an over by David Miller. The left-handed batsman also went to record fastest century in T20 cricket in just 35 balls breaking his countrymen’s Richard Levi of reaching three figures in just 46 balls.

Bangladesh in the chase looked out of sorts with only Soumya Sarkar showing fight with the bat. The opener was again registered 44 runs while the rest of the batting order failed to produce anything to see South Africa complete 2-0 series win at Potchefstroom. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan could not get going with the bat to see Bangladesh fold for 141 runs in 18.3 overs. JP Duminy and Aaron Phangiso did the damage with the ball to pick two wickets apiece in the game.

David Miller was named player of the match for his outstanding performance with the bat. He was also named man of the series for the two-match T20 series against Bangladesh.

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