The hosts took the first T20I in Bloemfontein by 20 runs, but for the first time in four weeks, Bangladesh put up a proper fight. A 79-run second wicket stand between de Villiers and de Kock gave them the foundation before the unbroken 62-run fifth wicket stand between David Miller and Behardien gave them the sparkling finish. Shakib Al Hasan (63) and Sabbir Rahman (39) delayed the inevitable by adding 67 for the sixth wicket before both were dismissed by the part-time off-spin of Markram.
South Africa lost opener Hashim Amla soon in their innings but AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock's explosive batting compensated for it. He struck Shafiul Islam for four boundaries in the next over that went for 18. It was the only bad ball in Mehidy's entire spell, which yielded 2 for 31.
South Africa included a new cap in all-rounder Robbie Frylinck.
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Rubel Hossain bowled an outstanding 15th over in which he conceded only three runs and took the wicket of De Kock. They play all over the world in various competitions and they are a team to be respected. Mohammad Saifuddin, too, tried his best to keep things going for Bangladesh but wickets kept falling at the other end and Bangladesh's innings came to an end with 175 runs on the board with the loss of 9 wickets, handing South Africa a 20-run victory.
Wickets fell regularly when Bangladesh replied, with Dane Paterson, Beuran Hendricks, Robert Frylinck and Andile Phehlukwayo taking two apiece. Duminy hammered a ball high and to the left of Imrul Kayes at long off, who made a hopping attempt to catch the ball, but it lobbed up and away and Imrul continued his sprint to dive forward and take a special catch.
Du Plessis was the top scorer in South Africa's 369 for six, their highest one-day total against Bangladesh and the highest total at the ground.