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Bangladesh-South Africa series

Yasir credits Shakib-AB for his maiden fifty



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Bangladesh batter Yasir Ali Rabbi hit his first ODI half-century as Bangladesh won their first game in South Africa. The right-handed batter credited his surreal performance to Shakib Al Hasan and legendary cricketer AB de Villiers.

Yasir and Shakib put on a solid 115-run partnership for the fourth wicket which paved the Tigers' way to a 38-run win against the proteas. Yasir remarked that Shakib helped him throughout the long partnership.

“When I asked Shakib Bhai about the wicket, he told me straightaway that it is a very good wicket. You will understand if you play 5-10 balls. Then you can go for your shots," said Yasir.

Yasir said he was boosted when AB de Villiers was invited by head coach Russell Domingo, to meet the Tiger at the team hotel the day before the first ODI.

“AB de Villiers came to our hotel the other day. He said some stuff that really helped me. I didn't do well in the Afghanistan series, so this knock will boost my confidence."

Yasin lauded his team-mate, Taskin Ahmed, for a tremendous turnabout since the pandemic in 2020.

"He has changed himself since the pandemic. He is in good shape. Everyone contributed in this win but Taskin made a special contribution. He took two wickets in an over, which was a major setback. One has to appreciate him," he added.