South Africa Women Win ODI Series Thanks To Du Preez Ton

Mignon du Preez drives
Mignon du Preez completed her maiden ODI century in the final over of the South Africa innings.
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South Africa Women 237-4 (du Preez 100no) beat
Bangladesh Women 142 by 95 runs
Second One-Day International, Johannesburg

A maiden century from South Africa skipper Mignon du Preez helped her side clinch the ODI series against Bangladesh with a game to spare in Johannesburg.

Du Preez added 106 with opener Lizelle Lee for the second-wicket to set up the home side’s total of 237 for four. Lee was trapped LBW by Fahima Khatun (1-40) when on 71, but Dane van Niekerk (34 not out off 52 balls) joined du Preez and the pair added an unbroken 92 in 18 overs.

Du Preez brought up three figures in the final over of the innings for the first time in her career, having hit 10 boundaries.

Bangladesh’s openers Fargana Haque and Ayasha Rahman then got their side off to a solid start with a stand of 55 in fewer than 16 overs. Unfortunately for the visitors, they both fell in quick succession and only one other batter reached double figures.

That was skipper Salma Khatun, who top-scored with a valiant run-a-ball 36, but she was given no support. Van Niekerk followed up her useful innings with the bat by taking three for 27 with the ball, while Sunette Loubser ended with three for 15 from 10 overs and Elriesa Theunissen two for 28 from eight.

Bangladesh are now without a win from six games so far on their tour of South Africa, having been whitewashed in the Twenty20 Internationals and having lost a tour match against an Emerging Players side by eight wickets. They have one more chance to break their duck when the two sides meet in the final ODI at Centurion on Tuesday.

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