Du Plessis, who scored 8 of the only 11 fours that the Proteas managed in their innings after winning the toss, set up the total of 148/4 in partnerships of 46 for the third wicket with JP Duminy and then an unbroken 58 for the fifth wicket with Rilee Rossouw.
The Proteas’ total was probably a bit below the target they had set themselves and it needed the bowlers to hit their straps from the start. This they did to perfection as they bowled Bangladesh out for 96 in 19 overs with the last 8 wickets falling for 46 runs in 11 overs.
On a typical sub-continental surface of slow pace and low bounce David Wiese was also highly impressive.
What was most pleasing about the bowling performance was the maturity the players showed in employing good tactics that worked to perfection.
It was a day for the less experienced members of the South African side with Rossouw again underlining his talent with his unbeaten knock of 31 off 21 balls (2 fours and 2 sixes) that enabled the Proteas to get a better total that at one stage seemed likely.
The fielding was out of the top drawer as well, nothing being better than Quinton de Kock’s effort in anticipating a reverse sweep to take an outstanding catch.
It was good to see the Proteas finding top form in their first international outing of the tour as that is something that has been problematic in the past.