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South Africa Women start series against Bangladesh with convincing 86-run win

Mignon du Preez made a vital contribution for South Africa
Mignon du Preez made a vital contribution for South Africa

South Africa Women 251-3 (Lee 87) beat
Bangladesh Women 165-6 (Sultana 59no) by 86 runs
First One-Day International in Cox's Bazar

An all-round effort from South Africa Women saw them restrict Bangladesh Women to 165 for six in a chase of 252 to secure a comfortable 86-run win in the first One-Day International in Cox's Bazar.

Bangladesh won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first. Lizelle Lee (87) and Andrie Steyn (68) gave a head start for the visitors with their 122-run opening stand which came off just 136 deliveries.

Lee smashed six boundaries and seven sixes in her 83-ball knock while Steyn dropped anchor at the other end with her runs coming at a strike-rate of just over 50.

Even though, Nahida Akter (1-45) provided the initial breakthrough when she removed Lee, Steyn went on to add another 79-run stand with Mignon du Preez (62 not out).

Salma Khatun (2-30) struck twice in quick succession to remove Steyn and Chloe Tryon (4) but du Preez along with a cameo from Marizanne Kapp (20 not out) ensured South Africa posted 251 for three in the 50 overs.

In their chase, Bangladesh lost both the openers early and were restricted to 27 for two. Sune Luus (3-52) further dented their chase with only Rumana Ahmed (37) and Nigar Sultana (59 not out) showing some resistance.

Eventually, Bangladesh could manage only 165 for six despite Sultana remaining unbeaten with a fifty.

Lee was awarded the player of the match and the 86-run win has taken South Africa to 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

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