Cricket South Africa fight delights Faf du Plessis after Bangladesh victory

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis hailed his side battling qualities following Tuesday's Twenty20 victory over Bangladesh.

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Having wrapped up the two-match Twenty20 series with Bangladesh in Mirpur, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis praised his side's fighting spirit.

The tourists made it two wins from two on Tuesday as debutant Eddie Leie, Aaron Phangiso and Kyle Abbott took three wickets apiece in the 31-run success.

Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers' solid first-wicket stand helped South Africa to 169 and, while they suffered three quick wickets in the 11th and 12th overs, they still had more than enough to overcome Bangladesh's total of 138.

"They were much better in putting up a fight. Our boys played a great two-match series. In tough conditions, we batted really well and we bowled really well too," Du Plessis explained.

"We're practicing hard. It's extremely humid. AB's face was about to explode in the heat. We need to battle longer now in the ODIs and the Tests.

"It's important for us that we have put our own statement out by winning this 2-0."

South Africa face three one-day internationals and two Tests before their tour finishes, with Leie having staked his claim for a regular T20 berth with his figures of 3-16.

"It was a very good start but the credit goes to the batters. The way AB and Quinton started and the way Rilee [Rossouw] and [David] MIller finished set the bowlers up," he explained.

"I just thought I had to keep it simple and hit my lengths. With the humidity, it was hard to grip the ball. I just tried to keep it wicket to wicket.

"It's great. It's an environment everyone wants to be in. I'm just very happy to be around such great players."

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