Proteas romp past BCB XI in warm-up


South Africa got their tour to Bangladesh off to a winning start, beating the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by an easy eight wickets, but didn't get much batting practice in as they needed just 100 to win.

The 20-over match played on Friday ahead of the series proper, which starts on Sunday, saw the Proteas thwarted when the BCB opted to bat. They were bowled out for 99 in 18 overs. SA then 'lost' two wickets only because AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock retired.

The hosts were soon two wickets down after starting their knock, with Proteas paceman Kyle Abbott bowling both openers for single figures. One of those was Anamul Haque, who should have coped better given his experience.

David Wiese also got in on the action, bagging three wickets, while Beuran Hendricks took two. Nearly all the Proteas had a bowl, nine in total, as the match was not an official fixture. Imrul Kayes was the top scorer, with 29.

De Villiers and De Kock started the chase with ease, and soon both decided to give their colleagues a chance in the middle. De Kock face 24 balls for his 35 retired, while De Villiers made 25 off 19.

JP Duminy and David Miller wrapped up the game, making 17 and 20 respectively, as they reached the target inside 12 overs. Al-Amin Hossain was the only bowler to go for less than seven to the over.