SA cruise past Bangladesh

DHAKA - AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten half century to steer South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh and an unassailable 2-0 lead in their one-day series on yesterday.

DHAKA - AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten half century to steer South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh and an unassailable 2-0 lead in their one-day series on yesterday.

JP Duminy added an unbeaten 49 for a 119-run fourth-wicket partnership to seal the three-match series. South Africa beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in the first one-dayer in Chittagong on Sunday.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak took two for 32, while pacer Mashrafe Mortaza got the other wicket for 27.

Despite losing early wickets and playing under pressure from spin bowlers, South Africa faced an easy target of 174.

Opener Herschelle Gibbs (3) was trapped lbw by Mortaza in the fifth over with the score on 13. The second wicket fell when Hashim Amla was caught and bowled by Razzak on 16 in the 13th over. Captain Graeme Smith (28) was the next to return to the dressing room when he was bowled by Razzak.

De Villiers played 112 balls, hitting two boundaries and a six to confirm the victory, sealed off a delivery from casual spinner Tamim Iqbal.

Earlier Roqibul Hassan and Shakib Al Hasan had hit half centuries as a struggling Bangladesh reached 173.

South Africa's pacer Andre Nel finished for 4-27 and Charl Langeveldt took three for 31 to bundle out the hosts. Johan Botha took one wicket for 47 runs and the two other batsmen were run out, leaving South Africa with a small target to clinch the series.

The third and final one-dayer takes place in Dhaka tomorrow. - Reuters

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