Spin bowling seems to continue to be a problem for the young Proteas as they struggled to score runs and keep wickets intact, while the opposition had no such problems, posting 240/7 in their 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
South Africa's bowling saw an impressive performance by the youngsters. While some struggled to take wickets at regular intervals, they will be gratified to see all-rounder, Wiaan Mulder (3/42) continue in good bowling form. The fielding effort was also a positive that the team can take away from the match. Team captain, Tony de Zorzi, Sean Whitehead and Lutho Sipamla took a wicket each to round off the bowling effort of the team.
Their batting reply, however, did not match the strong start of the hosts. They lost Kyle Verreynne for one at the start of the third over and went on to lose Mulder, de Zorzi and Moonsamy for eight, eight and five respectively.
The shining light for South Africa came in the form of Liam Smith, who saw a confidence-boosting return to form with the bat after several dry runs of late. He scored a good knock of 100 from 146 balls while wickets tumbled around him, making it difficult for him to bat freely. He shared handy partnerships of 52 runs for the fifth wicket with Dayyaan Galiem (22) and a 48-run, sixth-wicket stand with Farhaan Sayanvala (17).
Bangladesh's bowlers held their nerve, however, continually chipping away at the batsmen until South Africa was bowled out for 197 with Saifuddin and Miraz returning with three wickets each and Saleh Shawon and Saeed Sarkar taking two.