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Lee, Steyn helps South Africa Women to thrilling 17-run win

South Africa have taken a 2-0 lead in the series
South Africa have taken a 2-0 lead in the series

South Africa Women 223 (Lee 70) beat
Bangladesh Women 206-8 (Akhter 74) by 17 runs
Second One-Day International in Cox's Bazar

South Africa Women overcame spirited efforts from Sharmin Akhter and Rumana Ahmed to secure a thrilling 17-run win against Bangladesh Women in the second One-Day International in Cox's Bazar.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. Lizelle Lee (70) and Andrie Steyn (66) gave a terrific start of 115 runs from just 129 deliveries.

Lee's knock came at a strike-rate of almost 123 and had 13 boundaries in it while Steyn smashed eight boundaries of her own as well.

However, once they fell, Khadija Tul Kubra (4-56) triggered a collapse for the visitors with resistance from Dane van Niekerk (27) and Yolani Fourie (16 not out) helped South Africa post 223 runs before they were dismissed in 49 overs.

In the chase, Bangladesh lost Sanjida Islam (4) and Fargana Hoque (8) early. Akhter (74) and Ahmed (68) kept the fight going with their massive 126-run stand for the third wicket.

Marizanne Kapp (2-41) provided the breakthrough when she castled Ahmed while soon Akther was also run out. From there on, Bangladesh never recovered and were restricted to 206 for eight in the 50 overs.

The 17-run win has taken South Africa to 2-0 lead in the series with Lee bagging the player of the match.

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