July 13, 2024

Proteas Women to series-levelling win in Potch

CAPE TOWN – Anneke Bosch produced a career-high score of 65* off 63 balls (7 fours) to help the Proteas Women seal a dominant eight-wicket victory in the second One-Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on Wednesday, levelling the series 1-1 with one game to play.

Bosch, who was named the Player of the Match, took full advantage of the platform laid by captain Laura Wolvaardt (54) and Tazmin Brits (50) at the top of the order, as she combined for a 117-run partnership with Suné Luus (47*) to successfully chase down Bangladesh’s first innings score of 222/4 inspired by Fargana Hoque’s 102 off 167 (11 fours).

After losing the toss and being made to set a score, Bangladesh made another solid start with the bat as opening batters Shamima Sultana (28) and Hoque put on a first wicket stand worth 48 runs before Masabata Klaas (1/50) broke the deadlock in the 13th over.

Entering the fray at three, the visitors’ top-scorer from the first ODI in Murshida Sultana (8) didn’t last long this time around as she became Marizanne Kapp’s (2/21) first scalp of the day and the 150th of her career to leave Bangladesh 63/2. Kapp becomes only the second Proteas Women player to achieve the feat.

Despite losing two partners at the other end, Hoque continued to lead from the front in two subsequent half-century stands with Nigar Sultana (13) and Fahima Khatun (46*) as the experienced right-hander brought up her 11th career fifty.

In a 93-run stand for the fourth wicket, Hoque and F. Khatun saw the Tigresses over the 200-run mark for the second game running before Hoque raised her arms aloft for her second century in ODI cricket.

Hoque, through a run out, was the last wicket to fall for the visitors as they finished on a commendable 222/4 with F. Khatun unbeaten on 46* off 48 deliveries (3 fours).

Much like the first innings of the contest, the South African batters got off to a firm start with captain Wolvaardt and Brits seeing through the powerplay with no incidents before bringing up a 50-run stand for the first wicket in the 12th over.

Both batters kicked on to make their start count as Wolvaardt reached her 31st ODI fifty before Brits recorded her maiden ODI half-century to help take their opening stand into three figures.

With the score on 106/0, potential disaster struck for the home side as Ritu Moni (1/23) and F. Khatun (1/44) struck with consecutive deliveries to dismiss both batters.

In response to the setback, South Africa’s Luus and Bosch combined for a crucial rebuilding partnership for the third wicket, with both batters patiently nudging the ball around the park to help take the home side within 100 runs for victory.

With Bosch and Luus having played themselves in, the pair took the game away from their opponents as Bosch raced to her second ODI half-ton before surpassing her previous best to help South Africa secure the all-important victory with 29 balls to spare.

The series is set to be decided in the third and final ODI taking place on Saturday, 23 December at Willowmoore Park in Benoni from 14h00. Tickets are available on TicketPro and at the ground from R20.

Proteas Women Squad – Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh: 

Laura Wolvaardt (Fidelity Titans) (Captain), Anneke Bosch (Fidelity Titans), Tazmin Brits (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Nadine de Klerk (Western Province), Mieke de Ridder* (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Lara Goodall (Western Province), Sinalo Jafta (DP World Lions), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Ayabonga Khaka (DP World Lions), Masabata Klaas (Fidelity Titans), Suné Luus (Fidelity Titans), Eliz-Mari Marx (Fidelity Titans), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tumi Sekhukhune (DP World Lions), Delmi Tucker (Western Province)

Results – South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24: 

T20II Series

1st T20I – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Sunday, 03 December)

Bangladesh beat South Africa by 13 runs

Bangladesh: 149/2 after 20 overs; M. Khatun 62* (59), N. Sultana 34* (21); N. Shangase 1/13, E. Marx 1/25

South Africa: 136/8 after 20 overs; A. Bosch 67 (49), T. Brits 30 (26); S. Akter 5/28, R. Khan 1/17

2nd T20I – Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (Wednesday, 06 December)

No result

3rd T20I – Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (Friday, 08 December)

South Africa beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets

Bangladesh: 94/6 after 20 overs; L. Mondal 42 (62), S. Akter 23 (16); A. Hlubi 2/15, M. Klaas 2/23

South Africa: 95/2 after 15.2 overs; L. Wolvaardt 49* (49), S. Luus 15* (22); S. Khatun 1/10, M. Akter 1/14

ODI Series

1st ODI – Buffalo Park, East London (Saturday, 16 December)

Bangladesh beat South Africa by 119 runs

Bangladesh: 250/3 after 50 overs; S. Khatun 91* (100). N. Sultana 38 (48); N. Mlaba 1/37, E. Marx 1/43

South Africa: 131 all out after 36.3 overs; E. Marx (35), S. Luus (31); N. Akter 3/33, F. Khatun 2/16

2nd ODI – JB Marks Oval, Benoni (Wednesday, 20 December)

South Africa beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets

Bangladesh: 222/4 after 50 overs; F. Hoque 102 (167), F. Khatun 46* (48); M. Kapp 2/21, M. Klaas 1/50

South Africa: 223/2 after 45.1 overs; A. Bosch 65* (63), L. Wolvaardt 54 (67); R. Moni 1/23, F. Khatun 1/44


Fixtures – South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24 

One-Day International  Series – ICC Women’s Championship:

Saturday, 23 December  @ 14h00 SAST

3rd ODI –  South Africa vs Bangladesh (Willowmoore Park, Benoni).


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