Bangladesh achieved a historic feat after defeating South Africa in the third ODI to script their maiden ODI series win in the rainbow nation on Wednesday. The Tamim Iqbal-led side hammered the Proteas by nine wickets while chasing a paltry 155-run target in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at the SuperSport Park Centurion.

Bangladesh had last week won their first-ever international match in South Africa as they defended a 317-run total in the first ODI. The tourists then lost the second match in Johannesburg, but Bangladesh bounced back again and handed South Africa a defeat in the final ODI.

The visitors formed a 127-run opening stand between captain Tamim and Litton Das to power through to the target. Keshav Maharaj picked up the only wicket for the hosts by removing Das 2 short of his fifty. Captain Tamim played an unbeaten knock of 87 from just 82 balls to take Bangladesh over the finish line in just 26.3 overs.

Earlier, Bangladesh rode on a superb spell of fast-bowling from Taskin Ahmed, who picked up his 2nd five-wicket haul in ODIs. The right-armer bagged a fifer while conceding 35 runs only in nine overs. Apart from Taskin, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also bagged a couple of scalps for 24 runs in nine overs.

“I am very proud, especially with a Bangladesh fast bowler getting Player of the Match and Player of the series. I want to thank all the coaches who have worked with the fast bowlers, they have done a fantastic job,” said Tamim after the match.

“This is our one of the biggest achievements, it’s a massive win. We can win series overseas, this win will give us that confidence moving forward. We take a lot of pride in ODI cricket, we believe we are a good side. This is one forward where we have been doing well in the last 5-6 years,” he added.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

An epic evening at SuperSport Park!#BCB #Cricket #SAvBAN

— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 23, 2022

Winning a series in South Africa in any format is a great achievement. Congratulations @BCBtigers 👏🏼 Special mention to Taskin on his fifer and skipper @TamimOfficial28 leading from the front 👌🏽#SAvsBAN

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 23, 2022


— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 23, 2022

🇧🇩🇿🇦🏆 #SAvsBAN

— Litton Das (@LittonOfficial) March 23, 2022

Very first series victory in 🇿🇦 for 🇧🇩. Taskin Ahmed bhai did great job 🔥. Alhamdulillah for everything.

— Mehidy Hasan Miraz (@Officialmiraz) March 23, 2022

Alhamdulillah really very proud to be a part of this historical series win. 🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩🇧🇩
More to come in future Insha Allah. #AhD18 | #TIGERS

— Afif Hossain Dhrubo (@AhD18Official) March 23, 2022

Alhamdulillah. Series won against South Africa,
Man of the series 🏆
Man of the match 🏆
Keep me in your prayer 🤲

— Taskin Ahmed (@Taskin_Official) March 23, 2022

Bangladesh now achieve their first ever series win in South Africa in any format of international cricket.

— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 23, 2022

Fantastic effort by Bangladesh today – winning their first ever ODI series against South Africa #SAvBAN #Cricket

— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) March 23, 2022

Eight years have gone between Taskin’s two five-fors! The bowler has finally unleashed his best version. Good luck, Taksin! You are on the right track to becoming one of the best bowlers in the world. #SAvBAN

— Saif Hasnat (@saifhasnat) March 23, 2022

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