Cricket Debutant Eddie Leie helps South Africa sink Bangladesh

A strong opening stand and a three-wicket haul for Eddie Leie helped South Africa to a 31-run victory over Bangladesh.

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Debutant Eddie Leie helps South Africa sink Bangladesh

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Eddie Leie enjoyed an international debut to remember, taking three wickets as South Africa recorded back-to-back Twenty20 victories over Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Leie (3-16) was handed his T20 bow in place of Kagiso Rabada and took full advantage to help restrict Bangladesh following a solid first-wicket stand from Quinton de Kock (44) and AB de Villiers (40).

That helped the tourists set a target of 169 in Mirpur before Leie, Aaron Phangiso (3-30) and Kyle Abbott (3-20) took three wickets each as Bangladesh were all out for 138.

The sides now look ahead to a three-match one-day international series before two Tests in July and August.

Following their 52-run win in the first T20, South Africa began positively as De Kock and De Villiers put on a 95-run stand in moving past the 10-over mark.

Twelve boundaries from the pair put their side on track before De Kock angled Arafat Sunny to midwicket for Sabbir Rahman to collect.

Nasir Hossain (2-26) then struck twice in the next over to remove De Villiers and JP Duminy (6) - the latter's reckless swipe caught by Shakib Al Hasan.

Skipper Faf du Plessis (16) helped steady the ship before clipping to Mushfiqur Rahim at midwicket with David Miller (30) and Rilee Rossouw (19) both not out in getting South Africa to 169 - the latter hitting 19 off just six balls.

Tamim Iqbal (13) and Soumya Sarkar (37) got the Bangladesh chase under way but their partnership only lasted the best part of six overs before Tamim top-edged Wayne Parnell (1-29) to David Wiese.

Sakar hit Parnell for six with the very next ball but an over later became Leie's first international wicket with the spinner's fifth delivery.

Al Hasan added just eight off 14 balls before Leie struck twice more in the 12th over to dismiss Sabbir Rahman (1) and Rahim (19), Nasir facing two balls before going for a duck.

Litton Das (10) and Mashrafe Mortaza (17) nudged Bangladesh closer to the target but when Abbott dismissed Mustafizur Rahman (0) in the final over, the Proteas' victory was sealed.

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