| Jacques Rudolph during his 81 against Bangladesh on Thursday. (AFP)
Dhaka: Half centuries from Jacques Rudolph and captain Graeme Smith helped South Africa reach 261 for five in their tri-series match against Bangladesh on Thursday.
Bangladesh were all out for 168 in 49 overs, ensuring a 93-run win for South Africa. Alok Kapali (71) played a lone hand, while Shaun Pollock (3/17) and Andrew Hall (3/32) were the wreckers-in-chief.
Pollock claimed his 273rd victim, taking him past Allan Donald as South Africa’s highest one-day wicket-taker.
The visitors looked on course to reach the final against India after left-hander Rudolph scored 81 while Smith had set the tone with an aggressive 67 to set the hosts a stiff target.
Shaun Pollock then smashed an unbeaten 38 from only 20 balls to help his team rattle up 69 runs for the unbeaten sixth wicket with Neil McKenzie (39 not out).
South Africa, at 216 for five after 46 overs, looked set to finish with a modest total before Pollock and McKenzie tore into the mediocre medium-pace attack of the hosts.
Bangladesh struck early when opener Herschelle Gibbs inside-edged a Tapash Baisya delivery on to his stumps without scoring. Smith and Rudolph steadied the innings as they raised 101 runs from 124 deliveries.
But Bangladesh’s slow bowlers, off-spinner Sanwar Hossain and leg-spinner Alok Kapali led an impressive fightback in the middle overs to expose the traditional weakness of South African batsmen against the turning ball. Rudolph cut out any risk to raise useful partnerships with Boeta Dippenaar (16) and Mark Boucher (12) before both fell to Kapali, who returned two for 40 in his 10 overs.