THE Standard Bank Proteas wrapped up the Momentum ODI Series with a 200-run victory over Bangladesh in the final match at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday. South Africa posted 369-6 batting first, its highest score against Bangladesh in ODIs, and rolled out the tourists for 169 with almost 10 overs left unbowled.
And to add to the misery of the visitors, the players who came in new for South Africa displayed a fearless brand of cricket that caught Bangladesh off-guard.
In reply, the tourists lost wickets at regular intervals and never threatened to chase down the record score, with Shakib Al Hassan (63) and Sabbir Rahman (39) the only batsmen offering any resistance, as Dane Paterson impressed with figures of 3-44 to dismiss Bangladesh for 169 and succumb them to a third defeat in a row. Opener Quinton de Kock continued his good form with the bat, scoring 73. There is no rush for du Plessis to return to action with South Africa's worldwide calendar blank until Boxing Day.
Playing in the 50-over format for the first time since making 113 on his ODI debut previous year, Temba Bavuma was out on 48 when he fell to Mehedi Hasan (2-59), having put on 119 alongside Quinton de Kock after Du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat. Du Plessis and debutant Aiden Markram were untroubled for much of their 151-run alliance.
AB de Villiers (20 off 15) couldn't replicate his brilliance from game two, but the damage was done and Bangladesh's ropey start to their innings swiftly put any doubt over the result aside.
Markram added 2-18 off three overs with the ball to complete a solid debut.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 2-59 on his return to the Bangladesh team and Taskin Ahmed 2-66.
Faf du Plessis was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 91-run unbeaten knock.