South Africa women’s team sealed the five-match one-day international series against Bangladesh with another crushing victory on Wednesday, this time by nine wickets in the third match of the series, at Kimberly.
Opting to bowl first, the hosts, who won the first two matches of the series by 106 runs and nine wickets respectively, bowled out Bangladesh for only 71 runs before reaching 72-1 in 14.2 overs to wrap-up the contest and series.
Bangladesh, who failed with the bat miserably in the first two matches of the series at Potchefstroom, saw their fate unchanged as only two batswomen – Nigar Sultana and Panna Ghosh – could reach double figures.
Amid free fall of wickets at the Diamond Oval, wicketkeeper-batter Nigar staged a lone battle with her unbeaten 33, which came off 97 balls with the help of three boundaries. Panna made 12.
Bangladesh could not have expected a worst start to the contest as they lost their first four wickets for just six runs before Nigar and Fahima Khatun stemmed the rot.
However, Fahima’s dismissal to Masabata Klaas with a return catch exposed them again as they continued to lose their wickets before being bundled out in 36.5 overs.
Marizanne Kapp (2-14) and Ayabonga Khaka (3-16) caused the maximum damage for the visiting side sharing five wickets between them.
In reply, Protea openers Lizelle Lee and Andrie Steyn made a 29-run before Steyn was caught by Nigar off Nahida Akhter.
But Lee, 44 not out and Trisha Chetty 15 not out, faced no trouble to knock off Bangladesh’s total.
The fourth match of the series will be held at the same ground on Friday.
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