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Thursday, 3 October, 2002, 19:55 GMT 20:55 UK
South Africa storm to victory
Gibbs and Smith scamper a single
Gibbs is the third batsmen to hit three straight centuries
First one-day international, Potchefstroom: South Africa 301-8 (50 overs) beat Bangladesh 133 all out (41.2 overs) by 168 runs

Herschelle Gibbs hit a record-equalling third consecutive one-day international century as South Africa thrashed Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.

South Africa's daunting total of 301 proved to be well out of reach of the inexperienced tourists, who could only manage 168 in reply.

It was Bangladesh's 21st successive defeat, only one short of the all-time worst streak in world cricket that they also set.

And South Africa captain Shaun Pollock warned there would be no let-up.

  Top trio
Batsmen with three consecutive hundreds in one-day internationals
Herschelle Gibbs (SA) 2002/03
116 v Kenya, Colombo
116* v India, Colombo
153 v Bangladesh, Potchefstroom
Saeed Anwar (Pak) 1993/94
107 v SL, Sharjah
131 v WI, Sharjah
111 v SL, Sharjah
Zaheer Abbas (Pak) 1982/83
118 v Ind, Multan
105 v Ind, Lahore
113 v Ind, Karachi

"We've got to set our own standards," he said. "We've got to dominate and we have to be ruthless."

And the home side could have made even more with Gibbs at his best, but they lost four wickets in the final five overs.

The star opener smashed 153 from 130 deliveries, including 17 fours and three sixes before he was caught at backward square leg.

The innings follows his 116 against Kenya during the ICC Champions Trophy, and the 116 not out made in the semi-final against India before he was forced to retire with cramps.

Only two batsmen have achieved the feat before, and both are from Pakistan: Zaheer Abbas hitting three tons in 1982/83 and Saeed Anwar in 1993/94.

But South Africa did not have it all their own way after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Graeme Smith holed out to mid-off after taking 44 balls over his 28.

Opening bowler Tapash Baisya
Tapash Baisya took three wickets
And captain Shaun Pollock's promotion up the order lasted just two overs, as he provided Talha Jubair with a second scalp, edging to first slip.

Jacques Kallis joined Gibbs in adding 107 runs in 17 overs before the all-rounder was caught in the deep for 47.

Boeta Dippenaar hit 41 from 47 deliveries but there were single-figure contributions from three of the lower-middle order.

Medium-pacer Talha Jubair finished with figures of four for 65, while opening bowler Tapash Baisya took three for 50.

For South Africa, three quick wickets from Makhaya Ntini had the tourists struggling desperately on 12 for four and they never recovered.

Only skipper Khaled Mashud put up any resistance.

He made it to 34 not out after helping Bangladesh rally from 77 for 7 to 133, but Kallis then took the last three wickets to seal victory.

The series now moves on to Benoni on Sunday, with the third and final match at Kimberley next week.

There are also two Test matches scheduled for East London, and back in Potchefstroom later this month.

South Africa: Herschelle Gibbs, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Boeta Dippenaar, Dale Benkenstein, Errol Stewart, Shaun Pollock (captain), Justin Ontong, Lance Klusener, Makhaya Ntini, Allan Donald.

Bangladesh: Al-Shahriar, Tapas Baishya, Sanwar Hossain, Tushar Imran, Manjurul Islam, Talha Jubair, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mahmud, Khaled Mashud (captain), Javed Omar, Hannan Sarkar.

Bangladesh undertake their first Test tour of South Africa

2nd Test, Pot'stroom

1st Test, East London

One-day series


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