Murshida Khatun, Rabeya Khan shine as Bangladesh go 3-0 up against South Africa
Clinical bowling effort and some smart batting from Murshida Khatun helped Bangladesh seal the five-match emerging team one-day series against South Africa with a six-wicket win in their third encounter on Thursday(April 8).
Chasing less than three runs per over, Bangladesh lost Sharmin Sultana early. However, Murshida and Nigar Sultana made sure that they did not lose any wickets immediately. Together, they added 28 runs before the latter got out to Michaela Andrews.
The partnership between Fargana Hoque and Murshida put the hosts in a winning position. When Hoque got out for 16 from 42 balls to Leah Jones, Bangladesh were much closer to the target. Though Murshida fell four short of a half-century, Bangladesh chased the target in 28 overs with six wickets to spare.
Earlier, opting to bat first, South Africa got off to a steady start before losing both the openers in quick succession. Andrie Steyn got out to Nahida Akter for 19 from 31 balls, followed by the dismissal of Annerie Dercksen to Ritu Moni. With Faye Tunnicliffe getting out on the very next delivery, they were reduced to 27 for three.
Nondumiso Shangase and Anneke Bosch tried to build a partnership and revive the innings. They added 21 runs before the former got run out for a 28-ball 11. Though Bosch kept things going at one end, Bangladesh bowlers did not let her build a partnership.
A couple of more wickets from Akter saw South Africa slump further to 49 for six. Along with Andrews, Bosch added 25 runs for the seventh wicket. South Africa were eventually all out for 92 in 33.3 overs. Bosch was the last to fall as she made 30 from 49 deliveries. Akter, Moni and Rabeya Khan picked up three wickets each for Bangladesh.
South Africa 92 all out in 33.3 overs (Anneke Bosch 30; Rabeya Khan 3/15) lost to Bangladesh 93/4 in 28 overs (Murshida Khatun 46; Leah Jones 1/5) by six wickets.