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Bangladesh stun South Africa to clinch ODI series | Reuters

REUTERS – Bangladesh continued their giant-killing exploits with a nine-wicket victory over South Africa in Wednesday’s rain-hit final one-day international to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

Chasing a revised 170-run victory target under the Duckworth-Lewis method, openers Soumya Sarkar (90) and Tamim Iqbal (61 not out) showed little respect for the South African bowlers as the hosts romped home with nearly 14 overs to spare.

Bangladesh’s third successive home ODI series victory this year underlines their growing stature in 50-over cricket and proves their recent series wins against Pakistan and India were no fluke.

Batting first, South Africa could never recover from a top-order collapse and posted a below-par 168-9 in a contest that was reduced to 40-overs-a-side following a lengthy rain interruption.

David Miller (44) and JP Duminy (51) tried to bring some respectability to the tourists’ total after Shakib Al Hasan (3-33) had wrecked the South African top order.

“It’s a huge moment for Bangladesh cricket,” Tamim said in a pitchside interview.

“Beating South Africa was no easy task but hats off to the boys for playing amazingly,” the opener said after his team’s memorable win.

Having levelled the series with Sunday’s emphatic seven-wicket win in Dhaka, the hosts looked determined to pull off another upset as they reduced South Africa to 50 for four in the 16th over.

Heavy rain forced the players off the field and when play resumed after more than two hours, Miller and Duminy tried to rebuild the innings but it was not enough in the end.

“Very disappointing indeed, I think we misread the conditions,” South Africa captain Hashim Amla, who was left to rue his decision to bat first, said after the embarrassing loss.

“We showed that we are rusty and we have not played good cricket over the last two games. Bangladesh are the in-form team and they showed why,” said the right-hander who fell for 15, becoming Shakib’s 200th ODI victim.

Sarkar, whose belligerent 75-ball knock included 13 boundaries and a six, was named player of the match and the series.

The teams remain in Chittagong for the two-test series starting on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Toby Davis)

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Fidayeen threat on Delhi-Lahore friendship bus

The bus service between the two countries was started on March 16, 1999 primarily to enhance people-to-people contacts

Dosti bus service, a low-cost convenient way to travel between Delhi and Lahore, has come under terror threat.Following intelligence inputs received from a foreign agency last Friday of a possible fidayeen attack on Dosti bus service, both the countries have stepped up security measures for the bus service that originates from Delhi on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Lahore every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.With memories of recent terror attack by Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) suicide bomber still etched fresh in minds, both the countries have taken the intelligence alert seriously and beefed up security arrangements on their respective sides. The bomb attack near a restaurant at Wagah border had killed 55 and injured about 200 people who were returning after watching famous Beating Retreat parade.Sources said under the new arrangement, instead of carrying the full journey in a single bus, the passengers will have to get down at the borders of their respective countries cross over the border on foot and board another bus to reach their destination.The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will take the passengers up to Atari border near Amritsar from where they will cross over through check point to Wagah and board the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) bus to reach Lahore.Similarly, those coming to Delhi from Lahore will have to get down at Wagah border, cross over and board India’s DTC bus to cover the rest of the journey.Not willing to spell out the exact inputs, sources said the threat could be from TTP and Lashkar-e-Toiba as these organisations want to bring the region into international attention and create terror hype before or during US president Barack Obama’s India visit on January 25-26.”The threat perception is very high on the Pakistan side of the bus route that is about 25 kilometres from Wagah. We have checked our standing operating procedures (SOPs) and found them okay yet we are also beefing up the security,” the source said.