No Tamim, Soumya dropped and Shakib at No 3
In the early morning on match-day, Bangladesh camp confirmed the bad news in the shape of opener Tamim Iqbal’s unavailability due to thigh injury. Tamim was in brilliant form throughout the year as he scored 623 runs in 10 innings with an average of 69.22. But it was more surprising to hear the Tigers camp dropping Soumya Sarkar for the first ODI as well, meaning Bangladesh set up a new opening pair – wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das and the left-handed Imrul Kayes. At No 3, all-rounder Shakib al Hasan came in to bat and this was also another surprising move as in recent times, the right-handed Sabbir Rahman usually batted in this position recently. So no Tamim, no Soumya and Shakib at No 3, quite a new experiment from Bangladesh in the first ODI.
Mushfiq first Bangladesh batsman to score hundred in South Africa
Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim scored a brilliant hundred against host South Africa at their backyard. Mushfiq remained unbeaten at the end on 110 off 116 balls with 11 boundaries and two sixes. This is the fifth century for the right-handed batsman in ODIs. Mushfiq came in to bat after Imrul Kayes departed in the 14th over and anchored the innings till the end. Mushfiq played as a specialist batsman in this match as Liton kept wickets.
Another huge opening stand for Proteas
Bowling at the start of the innings has been a major concern for the Tigers in their ongoing tour as South Africa made yet another brilliant opening stand in the first ODI. To put South Africa under pressure while defending 279 in the first ODI, early wickets were a must for Bangladesh. But openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla added 282 runs for the opening stand. Looking back in the tour, Bangladesh’s bowling in the opening spells was frustrating. In the first Test match, Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram formed a 196-run opening partnership. In the second Test, Elgar and Markram again stitched together a 243-run stand for the opening wicket. In the practice match, the opening partnership of the opposition was 147 and now in the first ODI, the opening pair scored 282 together. Quite frustrating, isn’t it?