De Villiers, who was batting in his first ODI since the Champions Trophy clash against India earlier this year, registered his highest ODI score to help the hosts bag a 104-run win over the visitors at the Boland Park on Wednesday (October 18). South Africa posted a total of 353 for 6 before a unified bowling effort from their bowlers saw Bangladesh being bowled out for 249.
Mortaza later admitted that they had the self-belief during the innings changeover that they could chase down the daunting total. However, losing wickets at important junctures ensured that Bangladesh could never run the opponents close.
“It was a do or die match for us and we started the chase with a positive intent,” said Mortaza. “Unfortunately Tamim got out but although Mushfiq [Mushfiqur Rahim] and Imrul [Kayes] batted well [it was not enough],” he added.
“If they could take us to somewhere when we needed to chase 100 runs in last 10 overs with seven or eight wickets in hand, we could have made an attempt. This happens quite often in this format as well as in the Twenty20s.
“Imran Tahir picked two wickets pretty quickly and it was a big blow for us in the middle,” he said.