Shakib: This is a very big opportunity for us

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan admits that his side have a major opportunity to beat South Africa in a bilateral series for the first time when the teams square off in the third and deciding ODI in Chittagong on Wednesday.

The Tigers have been in this type of situation a number of times recently as they beat India and Pakistan in bilateral series for the first time earlier this year.

The Proteas beat the hosts by eight wickets in the first ODI while Bangladesh won the second match by seven wickets in Mirpur.

Shakib said: "This is big, no doubt. We haven't achieved such things before. Whenever you go to achieve something you haven't, then it will obviously seem big. We haven't beaten South Africa in a series before so that is a big deal.

"Every match is important for us. Whenever we get on the field, we think the same but all matches don't go according to plan. Because this is the series decider, however, it is important.

"We haven't lost at home in a long time. So this will be another opportunity for us if we can win this match. I won't tell you how big a match this is, but this is a very big opportunity for us."

The two teams will contest a two-match Test series later this month.