T20 Series Against Bangladesh

Momentum Proteas Women’s interim coach Hilton Moreeng is a happy man after South Africa won the T20 International series 3-0 against Bangladesh. He now has a clearer understanding of the team’s strengths and the areas requiring work ahead of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year.

A thrilling hat-trick by all-rounder Marizanne Kapp was the highlight of South Africa’s nine-wicket win in the second T20 International against Bangladesh at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday. Kapp was named player of the match for her figures of 4/6 after the Proteas restricted the visitors to another total below 100. Bangladesh batted with intent after electing to take first strike, but were unable to counter an improved bowling performance by the hosts.

The first of Kapp’s victims was Bangladesh captain, Fargana Hoque (4), who top-edged to Dane van Niekerk at slip. She achieved her milestone in the 19th over when she had Rumana Ahmed caught behind for a duck, and bowled Ritu Moni and Fahima Khatun with successive deliveries.

Trisha Chetty (38 not out) and Lizelle Lee (37) handled SA’s run-chase with ease, with the Proteas reaching the total in the 12th over. The big-hitting Lee finally played to her reputation, and played an impressive innings which included five fours and a six.

At the same venue on Sunday, things were a little tighter for the South African women. Bangladesh needed only 12 runs with seven wickets in hand, but fell short due to a composed and effective final over from Kapp.

The Proteas posted 109 for four in their 20 overs, a total buoyed by a half-century from player of the match and captain, Mignon du Preez. The skipper (52) and Kapp (24 not out) shared an important 55-run stand for the third wicket, after the early wickets of openers Chetty (0) and Lee (11). Bangladesh put in their most consistent performance with the ball to date, and had South Africa under pressure in the opening overs.

Bangladesh were well set to reach the target at 79 without loss in the 14ph over, but two run-outs and a stumping in the space of three overs brought the home team back into contention. Moreeng is proud of the way his players withstood the pressure, and says it has given him an understanding of the character and temperament within his squad.

The teams will next play in a three-match ODI series starting at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday.

Information from Cricket South Africa, edited by Pink Link…

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