Shakib shines but Bangla lose warm-up

South African Invitation XI beat the tourists by six wickets ahead of the three-match ODI series starting in Kimberley on Sunday.

Shakib, who missed Bangladesh's crushing defeats in a two-match Test series after asking for a break, hit nine fours in a 67-ball innings.   -  K.R. DEEPAK

Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 68 but could not prevent a six-wicket defeat for the Bangladesh touring team against a South African Invitation XI at Mangaung Oval on Thursday.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 255 in the warm-up match ahead of three one-day internationals against South Africa starting in Kimberley on Sunday. The Invitation team reached the target with 21 balls to spare.

Shakib, who missed Bangladesh's crushing defeats in a two-match Test series after asking for a break, hit nine fours in a 67-ball innings.

New South African Test star Aiden Markram, who was not selected for the one-day internationals, helped set up an easy win for the Invitation team. He hit 82 off 68 balls in an opening partnership of 147 with 18-year-old Matthew Breetzke, who made 71.

JP Duminy (34) and AB de Villiers (43) warmed up for the one-day internationals with a third wicket stand of 62 off 64 balls before falling to off-spinner Mahmudullah shortly before victory was achieved.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 255 in 48.1 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 68, Sabbir Rahman 52; R. Frylinck 2/25, M. Siboto 2/49, M. Budaza 2/41, A. Phangiso 2/46) lost to South African Invitation XI 257/4 in 46.3 overs (A. Markram 82, M. Breetzke 71, J. Duminy 34, A. de Villiers 43; Mahmudullah 2-13) by six wickets

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