Kagiso Rabada ripped through the Bangladesh top order, claiming a hat-trick and inspiring South Africa to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first ODI in Dhaka on Friday.
Rabada made a dream debut, claiming the best ODI figures in the history of the 50-over format as he finished on 6-16 from eight overs after Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first.
His hat-trick came at the end of the fourth over, removing Tamim Iqbal (bowled), Liton Das (caught at mid-wicket) and Mahmudullah (lbw) all for ducks with the score on 17.
The performance underlined Rabada’s class and the promise he has shown since he helped the SA u19’s win the World Cup in 2014.
South Africa would eventually bowl Bangladesh out for 160 in 36.3 overs, Chris Morris (2-32), Imran Tahir (1-38) and JP Duminy (1-28) claiming the rest of the wickets.
Shakib Al Hasan (48) top-scored for the hosts, but he had little support as the Proteas remained unbeaten on tour.
Faf du Plessis continued his good form from the T20I series, top scoring with 63 not out as he and Rilee Rossouw (45 not out) comfortably steered South Africa to victory, chasing down the target in 31.1 overs.
Hashim Amla (14) and Quinton de Kock (35) opened the innings, but Amla didn’t last long and De Kock never looked very comfortable in the middle.
Nevertheless, South Africa never looked like losing and are still to face a competitive and hyped up Bangladesh team on this tour.
Rabada is almost certain to remain in the side for the second game, while the rest of the team should remain largely unchanged.