Dhaka, March 19: A late flourish helped South Africa set a stiff target of 284/8 against Bangladesh in their final group stage match at Dhaka. Forceful knocks from Graeme Smith (45), Hashim Amla (51) and Jacques Kallis (69) set the groundwork for the innings, before Robin Peterson came to the fore with a cameo of 22. The spinners pegged back the Proteas a tad in the middle overs, but the runs kept flowing. Paceman Rubel Hossain went for 56 runs off 8 overs, but picked up three wickets, while off-spinner Shakib Al Hasan finished with 2/46 off 10 overs.
South African openers Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith gave their side a quick start. Amla smacked Shafiul Islam for a four in the last ball of the first over, before he and Smith each took a four of Rubel Hossain in the second. Then the batters subjected Islam to similar treatment in the third over, as the Proteas sped to 27/0.
Rubel conceded two more fours to the batting duo in the 6th over. South Africa climbed past 50 in the 9th over. First-change bowler Naeem Islam was not allowed to settle as Amla got him away for two back-to-back fours in the 13th over. Then the score became 98/1 when Smith was stumped off Mahmudullah for 45 off 68 balls, in the 21st over.
In the following over, new batsman Jacques Kallis ran a single off Shakib Al Hassan to bring up South Africa's 100. But almost immediately afterward, Razzak bowled Amla for 51 off 59 balls as the Proteas slipped to 107/2 in 22.3 overs.
The spinners kept pummeling away at Kallis and J P Duminy for the next few overs, but it wasn't till the pace of Hossain was brought back into the attack that Duminy went, caught behind. The batsman was on his way for 17 and South Africa were 141/3 in 30 overs. The new man at the crease Francois du Plessis, ran a single off Shakib Al Hasan to take the Proteas past 150 in the 32nd over.
Kallis and du Plessis settled into a comfortable partnership, each knocking a four off Hasan in the 37th over before taking their side past 200 in the 42nd over. Kallis appeared to be changing gears, carting Naeem Islam for a six and then striking Mahmudullah for a four. But he was out in the 45th over when Hasan caught and bowled him, for 69 off 76 balls.
Then du Plessis upped the ante, hitting Abdur Razzak for a six and two fours off successive balls as his side scaled to 241 in 46 overs. But Hasan targeted the other end, bowling Morne Van Wyk for 5 off 5 balls and an over later, Hossain had du Plessis snapped up by Tamim Iqbal at mid on. South Africa were 249/6 in 47.3 overs.
Robin Peterson (22*) and Johan Botha (12) engaged in some lusty hitting and even though a couple more wickets fell, South Africa wrapped up their innings at a robust 284/8.