Quick Kagiso Rabada led a Proteas exhibition of quality pace bowling to bowl Bangladesh out for 84 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Watch: Proteas pacemen tear through Bangladesh
Rabada took three wickets across five balls in the Powerplay to dismantle the Tigers’ top order, before the rest of the attack made the most of conditions that aided pace and bounce to turn the screws.
He finished on 3/20, while Tabraiz Shamsi took 2/21 and Anrich Nortje wrapped the innings up for 3/8.
Rabada on fire for Proteas
Going into this game, there was some pressure on Rabada, who had picked up just two wickets till then and had gone for 32 runs against Sri Lanka. But he quickly put any concerns to rest with a fiery display with the new ball.
With a covering of dry grass on the surface and some help expected for the pacers, skipper Temba Bavuma had chosen to bowl. And while he then opened with the left-arm spin of Keshav Maharaj, it was Rabada who got the breakthroughs in his second over.
Mohammad Naim spooned a catch to midwicket, before Soumya Sarkar followed him back the very next ball, trapped in front by a beauty. Rabada bowled full, almost at a yorker length, and got it to move late into the left-hander. Sarkar was hit on the boot, and the wicket was given after the Proteas reviewed.
Returning for his next over, Rabada might have had a hat-trick, but the ball fell a few yards in front of the fielder at point.
But he needed just two more balls to pick up his third: Mushfiqur Rahim was surprised by the bounce and Reeza Hendricks at gully held on for a good catch.
Bangladesh undone by bounce
At 28/3 in the Powerplay, Bangladesh had endured another disappointing period of batting under the fielding restrictions. But it got no easier for them. The in-form South African bowlers got good pace and bounce, as well as some movement, and were rewarded for it.
Nortje got Mahmudullah with a short one that rose on him, forcing the batter to fend and glove a catch.
Then, Afif Hossain, looking to swing hard on his first ball, missed and the ball from Dwaine Pretorius thudded off his pad onto the wicket.
Liton, Mahedi resist
Even as wickets tumbled around him, opener Liton Das, who had got going with a four through covers off Rabada, held firm.
But Proteas spin wizard Tabraiz Shamsi needed just three deliveries to trap him lbw.
Mahedi Hasan offered Bangladesh fans some entertainment with aggressive 27 off 25 balls. His three boundaries included a six over cover off Shamsi, but once he became Nortje’s second wicket, Bangladesh quickly folded.
The Proteas, who go into the match second in the group, can consolidate that position and climb to six points from four games if they win. Bangladesh are looking for their first points of the Super 12 group.
Additional reporting from ICC Media Zone.