An amalgamation of an unbeaten half-century from Murshida Khatun and a workforce effort from the bowlers helped Bangladesh seal a well-known 119-run overcome the Proteas Girls within the first One-Day Worldwide, to go 1-0 up within the three-match sequence in East London on Saturday, 16 December, 2023.
Participant of the Match Khatun produced a career-best innings of 91* off 100 deliveries, together with 12 fours, to information Bangladesh to an imposing complete of 250/3 earlier than spinner Nahida Akter claimed main figures of three for 33 alongside her fellow bowlers to limit South Africa to 131 all out after 36.3 overs.
After being put into bat by the house aspect following the toss, Bangladesh made probably the most of their alternative as openers Shamima Sultana (34) and Fargana Hoque (35) put collectively a first-wicket partnership value 66 runs inside 15 overs earlier than debutant Eliz-Mari Marx (1/43) made the breakthrough for her first ODI wicket.
With Shamima Sultana again within the change-room, Hoque teamed up with Murshida Khatun for an additional very important stand to take the guests into three figures within the twentieth over earlier than one other essential wicket for South Africa, with Delmi Tucker (1/43) selecting up the scalp of Hoque to go away the Tigresses 110/2 within the twenty seventh over.
The lack of Hoque did little to decelerate the away aspect as Murshida Khatun and skipper Nigar Sultana (38) added one other 50-run stand to the scoreboard, with Khatun elevating her bat for a 3rd profession fifty to assist take her aspect near the 200-run mark.
With the Bangladeshi tails up on the crease, left-arm spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba (1/37) broke the all-important partnership within the forty second over, producing a caught and bowled to see the again of Nigar Sultana left the subcontinent aspect on 190/3.
With lower than 10 overs to go, younger all-rounder Shorna Akter (28*) then joined the in-form Murshida Khatun within the center because the duo mixed to nice impact so as to add 60 extra runs to the overall as Bangladesh finally completed on a aggressive 250/3 of their allotted 50 overs.
Within the second innings, South Africa’s chase obtained off to an unfavourable begin as top-order batters Laura Wolvaardt (5) and Tazmin Brits (4) fell to spinner Sultana Khatun (2/32) and quick bowler Marufa Akter (1/19) throughout the first three overs.
Regardless of a short reprieve for South Africa, with Anneke Bosch (16) and Suné Luus (31) including 41 runs for the third wicket, Nahida Akter picked up two wickets to rock the South Africans, eradicating each batters in fast succession to go away them reeling on 63/4 within the seventeenth over.
With the host nation nonetheless needing 188 runs for victory, Nadine de Klerk (1) was the subsequent wicket to fall for the Proteas with Rabeya Khan (2/24) becoming a member of the wicket-taking celebration for the guests. Two overs later, issues went from dangerous to worse for South Africa as Tucker (14) turned the sixth batter to be dismissed – falling to Khan.
Though the hosts’ decrease order confirmed commendable struggle and spirit with the bat via contributions from Marx (35), Sinalo Jafta (11) and Masabata Klaas (7), South Africa’s chase got here to an finish on 131 all-out as Bangladesh wrapped up the victory with 13.3 overs remaining.
The second ODI begins on Wednesday, 20 December from 14h00 on the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.
Proteas Girls ODI Squad
Laura Wolvaardt (c)
Nadine de Klerk
Mieke de Ridder
Sinalo Jafta (wk)
Bangladesh Girls ODI Squad
Nigar Sultana (c)
Shamima Sultana (wk)
ICC Girls’s Championship One-Day Worldwide Collection Fixtures and Outcomes of the South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24 from 12-23 December, 2023
Tue 12 Dec: Heat-Up Match: SA Rising misplaced to Bangladesh XI by 8 runs
Sat 16 Dec, 14h00: 1st ODI – South Africa misplaced to Bangladesh by 119 runs
Wed 20 Dec, 14h00: 2nd ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)
Sat 23 Dec, 14h00: third ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Photograph Caption: Proteas Girls tackle Bangladesh Girls within the first of a 3 match ODI sequence, part of the continued ICC Girls’s Championship 2022-2025 qualification marketing campaign for the Cricket World Cup 2025 in India, at Buffalo Park, East London on Saturday 16 December. Photograph: Proteas Women on Instagram