South Africa Women 178-2 (Chetty 76no) beat
Bangladesh Women 177 by 8 wickets
Third One-Day International, Centurion
South Africa Women wrapped up a clean sweep of the six internationals against Bangladesh Women by thrashing the visitors in the final ODI in Centurion. The win gives them a 3-0 victory in the 50-over series to go with an identical scoreline from the 20-over one.
Bangladesh made a solid start to their innings after being asked to bat. Ayasha Rahman (70) and Rumana Ahmed added 93 for the second-wicket, but it took more than 27 overs and the middle and lower-order were unable to build on the platform set for them.
Rumana was caught and bowled by series leading wicket-taker Sunette Loubser for 43 and the rest of the Bangladesh batting line-up flopped miserably. Only one subsequent batter - Lata Mondal with 23 - reached double figures as the last eight wickets fell for 43 runs.
Marcia Letsoala ended with three for 35, while there were two wickets apiece for Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk.
The Proteas then had little difficulty in chasing down their target of 178. Trisha Chetty top-scored with a career-best 76 not out and added 48 with Mignon du Preez (23) for the second-wicket and an unbroken 108 with Kapp for the third. Kapp finished unbeaten on 59 off just 67 balls as South Africa reached their target with 12 overs to spare.
Proteas coach, Hilton Moreeng, has been impressed by the performances from his players and says this start will be a good confidence boost ahead of a busy season.
“It’s been a fantastic effort by the players,” he said. “I’m particularly pleased by the way the senior players have stepped up and come forward with match-winning performances. There were a number of milestones this series; Marizanne (Kapp) got a hat-trick, Mignon (Du Preez) scored her maiden ODI century and Sunette (Loubser) played in her 50th ODI, this is a great start for us going into the season.
“This series has also been a great opportunity for the youngsters to learn their trade at International level,” Moreeng continued. “We saw some encouraging performances from our youngsters like Lizelle (Lee) and Elriesa (Theunissen) so that bodes well for the next generation of South African Women’s cricketers.”
Lee finished as the series leading run-scorer in her debut series with 166 runs at an average of 55.33.
South Africa’s next series is against Sri Lanka, beginning on 24th October with an ODI in Potchefstroom.
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