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Rabada bowls Bangladesh over with record-breaking performance

He is also the third South African to take an ODI hat trick after Charl Langeveldt against the West Indies.

Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (L). Picture: Cricket South Africa ‏@OfficialCSA.

JOHANNESBURG - Lions fast bowler Kagiso Rabada tore most of the Bangladesh Tigers top order to pieces with a record-breaking debut performance for the Proteas in the opening ODI at Mirpur on Friday.

Bangladesh, after winning the toss in a match reduced to 40 overs per side after heavy overnight and morning rain, were dismissed for 160 in 36.3 overs.

Rabada, the 114th player to represent the Proteas in this format, became only the second player to take a hat trick on debut and his final return of 6/16 from his limit of 8 overs was the best ever on debut, beating Fidel Edwards's 6/22 for the West Indies. The previous best debut performance for South Africa was Allan Donald's 5/29 against India in the Proteas first ever ODI.

He is also the third South African to take an ODI hat trick after Charl Langeveldt against the West Indies in 2005 and JP Duminy against Sri Lanka at the ICC World Cup earlier this year and the 39th hat trick on the all-time list.

He might have become the first Protea to take seven wickets as he had one delivery at the No. 11 Bangladesh batsman at the end of his second spell but could not pull it off.

He is also the 11th youngest bowler at the age of 20 years and 46 days to take five wickets on debut. The previous best for South Africa was by Wayne Parnell at the age of 20 years and 56 days against Australia.

With the exception of the experienced Shakib-al-Hasan, who made 48 off 51 balls (5 fours), none of the Bangladesh top order could cope with the pace and accuracy of Rabada who took 4/14 (1 maiden) in his opening spell of 5 overs and incredibly only conceded two wides in his closing spell between the 26th and 31st overs of 3-2-2-2.

The stand-out feature of Rabada's performance was his outstanding control and his impeccable length.

Congratulations @KagisoRabada25 on your man of the match award. Fantastic performance #BanvSA #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/Qpj1PfAvna

Ban/SA: Innings start: South Africa batting, Bangladesh bowling.

Congratulations @KagisoRabada25 on your hat trick. That is Vorsprung. That is #ProteaFire! #VorsprungProteas pic.twitter.com/E9VP6JYObP

Brilliant effort @KagisoRabada25 now you staking a claim for a permanent slot in the Proteas side! Good luck!

Congratulations to @KagisoRabada25 on achieving the best bowling figures for a debutante in a One Day International #LivingTheLegacy

History just made. Kagiso Rabada returned the best-ever bowling stats on debut by any world cricketer 6 for 16.... http://t.co/u5xB0sR0sh

Congratulations @KagisoRabada25 - hat-trick on debut! pic.twitter.com/x4k4LRpcrQ

. @KagisoRabada25 Congrats on your hattrick on debut. You are gonna show the world flames 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥.

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