Nel takes four in SA series win

The pace bowler takes 4-27 as South Africa go 2-0 up in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.

updated: March 12, 2008 11:41 IST
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Fiery paceman Andre Nel took 4-27 to set up South Africa's comprehensive seven-wicket victory in the second one-day international against Bangladesh here on Wednesday.

The victory helped South Africa take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and moved them one step closer to reclaiming the world number one spot from Australia in official ODI rankings.

The Proteas now need to win the final one-dayer against the hosts here on Friday to become the top-ranked team in the world.

The win was shaped by Nel who responded to his overnight axing from the squad to tour India this month with an aggressive opening spell that helped his side bowl out Bangladesh for 173 in 48.2 overs.

Nel's new-ball partner Charl Langeveldt chipped in with 3-31, capping an impressive bowling performance by the visitors on a sluggish pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

South Africa survived some hiccups before surpassing the target in 48.1 overs with J.P. Duminy and A.B. de Villiers stitching an unbeaten 119-run partnership off 190 balls.

De Villiers scored 69 off 112 balls while Duminy made 49, the duo showing remarkable resilience after the side had lost three quick wickets including that of inspirational skipper Graeme Smith (28) with 60 on the board.