South Africa Win Last-Over Thriller

Marizanne Kapp starred with bat and ball for South Africa
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The third and final Twenty20 International in Potchefstroom was by far the most competitive as South Africa Women beat Bangladesh Women by just three runs.

South Africa held their nerve in the final over as hat-trick heroine from the second game Marizanne Kapp prevented Bangladesh from getting the 12 runs they needed to win.

She restricted them to just eight, handing South Africa a 3-0 series clean sweep.

Batting first for the first time in the series, South Africa posted 109 for four as Mignon du Preez made 52 and Kapp hit 24 not out.

Bangladesh then raced to 79 without loss in 14 overs and looked on course for victory but South Africa hit back with two run outs and a stumping pegging Bangladesh back.

"If we knew that the result would be 3-0 at the start of the series we would have taken it,” coach Hilton Moreeng said.

"We are building as a team and it was important for us to start this home series well, especially by playing good cricket and learning from every game that we play.

"I must give credit to Bangladesh,” he added. "They put us under pressure very early; the first two overs were maidens and we were a wicket down.

The partnership between Kapp and the captain put us back where we wanted to be and we had to settle for 109, which required us to go out there and bowl well."

The two sides will now play three One-Day Internationals, the first of which is in Benoni on Friday 20th September.

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