Bangladesh scored their third-highest first-innings total in ODIs away from home (excluding neutral venues) against South Africa in the first ODI at Centurion after being selected to bat first.

After a slow start, the visitors were able to post 314 for seven thanks to some spectacular batting in the second half of the innings.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 77 off 64 balls, including seven fours and three sixes. Yasir Ali (50 off 44) was his ally, scoring his first fifty in international cricket. He and Shakib combined 115 runs for the fourth wicket in just 82 balls, giving Bangladesh’s innings a much-needed boost after a sluggish start.

Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das survived the powerplay and then accelerated until the former was caught for 41 runs. They scored 95 runs in 21.3 overs. Litton Das (50 off 67) got his second fifty in three matches, despite Tamim missing his fifty.

Mahmudullah (25 off 17) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (19 off 13) each scored two runs to help Bangladesh reach 300 points. The final ten overs produced a total of 81 runs.

Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Andile Phehlukwayo each got one wicket, while Keshav Maharaj and Marco Jansen each took two

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