AB and JP in the shadow of young­sters

Business Day - - SPORT DAY - Telford Vice /TimesLIVE

If you were keen on see­ing how AB de Vil­liers and JP Du­miny got on for the SA In­vi­ta­tion XI in their one-day match against the Bangladeshis in Bloem­fontein on Thurs­day‚ you should stop liv­ing in the past.

In­stead, in­vest your­self in the fu­ture in the shape of Ai­den Markram and Matthew Breet­zke — com­bined age 41 — who be­tween them scored 153 of the 256 runs the home side needed to win by six wick­ets with 3.3 overs to spare.

Markram‚ who turned 23 last Wed­nes­day‚ clipped 82 off 68 balls with eight fours and a six. Breet­zke‚ who will not be 19 un­til Novem­ber 3‚ hit nine fours in his 71‚ which came off 100 de­liv­er­ies. To­gether, they put on 147 for the first wicket.

Nei­ther Markram nor Breet­zke are in the squad that will play the first of three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als against Bangladesh in Kim­ber­ley on Sun­day. But they should have plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties in fu­ture.

For now‚ South Africans will just have to be sat­is­fied with old­sters such as De Vil­liers and Du­miny — com­bined age 66 — who knocked off 77 of the re­main­ing tar­get.

Du­miny was stumped for 34 to end a stand of 62 with De Vil­liers‚ who was caught be­hind for 43. The bowler com­monly known as Mah­mudul­lah claimed both scalps.

The re­sult would seem to sug­gest Bangladesh are in for the kind of hid­ing in­flicted on them in the Test se­ries‚ where SA won by 333 runs and an in­nings and 254 runs.

But there were signs of bet­ter times ahead for the vis­i­tors‚ with Shakib Al Hasan cel­e­brat­ing his re­turn from a break with 68 off 67 balls and Sab­bir Rah­man fac­ing 54 balls for his 52 in the Bangladeshis’ total of 255.

Hap­pily‚ Mush­fiqur Rahim‚ who was ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal after be­ing clanged on the hel­met by Duanne Olivier in the sec­ond Test in Bloem at the week­end‚ got back on the horse to score 22.

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