A brilliant spell of 3 for 28 from offspinner Sunette Loubser, followed by a patient fifty from opener Lizelle Lee saw South Africa Women to a to comfortable six-wicket victory over Bangladesh Women in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series held on Friday in Willowmoore Park, Benoni.
Loubser took the middle-order wickets of Salma Khatun, Nuzhat Tasnia and Shaila Sharmin during a five-over period that cost only eight runs, to restrict Bangladesh to 149 for 8 in 50 overs. Chasing a low score, Lee hit seven fours during her 130- ball 77, and added 80 for the opening wicket with Trisha Chetty, who made 39, to all but secure the win for the hosts.
Hogue aside, none of the other Bangladesh batters could produce big scores, as tight bowling from South Africa kept the run-rate under three an over to set up an easy chase.
Offspinner Khadija Tul Kubra took three wickets for Bangladesh, including that of Lee, but couldn’t prevent defeat, as Alexis le Breton and Dane van Niekerk took South Africa home with 12.1 overs remaining.
Earlier, touring Bangladesh eve cricket team continued their dismal batting performance in ODI as they scored a paltry total of 149 for 8 in allotted 50 overs against host South Africa.
Put to bat first, the South African bowlers proved their captain’s decision right to field first as they dominated over the pitch restricting the Bangladeshi to a small total.
Opener Fargana Haque however saved Bangladesh from total embarrassment scoring a useful half-century that led the visitors to cross over 100 runs. She played a gritty 63 runs off 108 balls with the help of six boundaries.
Skipper Salma Khatun again failed to take the team’s responsibility as she scored only 26 runs.
The teams will play the second ODI at the Wanderers tomorrow.