Amla, de Kock decimate Bangladesh in first ODI

Hosts beat visitors by 10 wickets to take 1-0 lead in three-match series

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock produced record performance as South Africa became the second side in history on Sunday in Kimberley to win an ODI by 10 wickets while chasing a target in excess of 250 runs.Last year it was Jason Roy and Alex Hales who led England to achieve that feat for the first time in history in the match against Sri Lanka in Birmingham.

The day started with Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza winning the toss and opting to bat first. Opener Imrul Keyes and Liton Das provided solid 43-run partnership, but both departed in quick succession.Then Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim establish the innings, first with 59-run third-wicket partnership with all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan, and then 69-run fifth-wicket partnership with Mahmudullah.

Eventually, Bangladesh finished their allotted quota of 50 overs at a respectable score of 278 for the loss of seven wickets.Mushfiqur finished the innings with the top score of brilliant unbeaten 110 off 116 balls with the help 11 fours and two maximums.For South Africa, pacer Kagiso Rabada continued his good form of five-day cricket and claimed four wickets, whereas leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed two.

In reply, Amla and de Kock stamped their authority on the opposition with flawless batting which took hosts over the line with nearly seven overs to spare.

De Kock was the aggressor between the two, as he finished on unbeaten 168 off 145 balls with the help of 21 fours and two sixes, whereas Amla played another responsible knock and finished with unbeaten 110 off 112 balls with the help of eight glorious boundaries.

Bangladesh captain Mortaza tried as many as seven bowlers to break the partnership, but his efforts went in vein. For his outstanding batting performance, de Kock was awarded man of the match.

Both teams will now travel to Paarl, where the second ODI will be on Wednesday October 18.

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