Cape Town:Choosing to bowl first proved lucky for South Africa as they chased 145 with consumate ease and beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup group A encounter at Cape Town on Saturday.
Morne Morkel with bowling figures of 4-0-21-2 was given the Man of the Match award.
Bangladesh put up a good although a slow fight, but were applauded for their efforts not only on the batting front but on the fielding as well.
It took Bangladesh a while as the Proteas lost their first wicket only after an opening partnership of 65 between Graeme Smith and JP Duminy before the latter was caught plumb in front by Abdur Razzak for 36.
After a long hiatus of the Bangladesh bowlers, Shakib Al Hasan struck when he got Graeme Smith caught by Mushfiqur Rahim for 41.
Beginning the 16th over Razzak, took Albie Morkel(41) on the first ball as he made him loft a catch to Farhad Reza.
Bangladesh bowled out
Earlier, Bangladesh was bundled out for 144 in 19.3 overs after South African skipper Graeme Smith put them to bat.
Even though Bangladesh retained a strike rate of 12-13, wickets fell in quick succession as the top order collapsed.
South Africa's Makhaya Ntini drew first blood when a LBW decision went his way against Nazimuddin(0). Tamim Iqbal(8) was quick to follow him back in the next over by Pollock when he was caught by Greame Smith.
Three balls later Mohammad Ashraful also fell to same duo for 10. Big-hitter Aftab Ahmed, 36 (14b,5x4,2x6) was bowled by Morne Morkel on the next ball after he was hit for a cracking four.
Mashrafe Mortaza(12) hit two big sixes before a spectacular catch by Jean-Paul Duminy brought an end to his innings on a ball by Vernon Philander.
The 15th over saw Alok Kapali falling to M Morkel after being caught by AB de Villiers for 14 runs. Farhad Reza fell for 19 as Justin Kemp caught him after hitting a huge six of the previous ball in Philander's over.
Mushfiqur Rahim(4) got caught by Pollock off a Johan van der Wath delivery in the 18th over. In the last over's third ball, the innings ended when Syed Rasel was bowled by Pollock for 6.
South Africa had brought in Duminy for the injured Herschelle Gibbs. Bangladesh had retained an unchanged side from the previous match.
South Africa: Graeme Smith, Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher, Justin Kemp, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Albie Morkel, Johan van der wath, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel.
Bangladesh: Abdur Razzak, Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Ashraful (Capt.), Mushfiqur Rahim, Nazimuddin, Shakib Al Hasan, Syed Rasel, Tamim Iqbal.