Bangladesh Women’s team made a frustrating start in the ICC Women’s World Cup conceding a 32-run defeat against South Africa. The defending Asian champions failed to chase 207 runs bundling out for 175.
Ayabonga Khaka claimed a four-wicket-haul that guided the South African Women’s 32-run win over Bangladesh in the opener of the ICC Women’s World Cup at Dunedin on Saturday.
Ayabonga ended with 4-32 while Masabata Klaas took 2 and Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp finished with one each to bundle out Bangladesh for 175 with three balls to spare.
For the Proteas Marizanee Kapp scored the highest 42 while Laura Wolvaardt and Chole Tryon chipped with 41, 39 respectively to amass 207.
For the Tigress’ Fariha Trisna stuck thrice while Jahanara Alam, Ritu Moni captured two each and Rumana Ahmed, Slama Khatun concluded with one wicket each to depose South Africa Women’s side.
With the bat, Sharmin Akhter scored a high 34 while other batters failed to go beyond 30.
Sent to bat South Africa lost their opener Tazmin Brits for 8 runs inside the power play.
In the second wicket stand, Laura Wolvaardt and Lara Goodal added 39 runs to reconstruct the innings but the partnership ended when the former was bowled by Ritu Moni for 41 in 19.4 overs.
Lara Goodal followed her footstep in the next over giving a catch to Rumana Ahmed for 12 by Salma Khatun to leave the side for a stuttering 69-3.
However, in the fourth and sixth stand Sune Luus-Mignon du Preez and Marizzane Kaap- Chole Tryon formed 32, 71 respectively to propel South Africa to 207 before they are bowled out in 49.5 overs.
Pursuing a paltry 208 Bangladesh could make an ideal start forming 69 runs in the opening stand alongside Shamima Sultana and Sharmon Akhter however the pair couldn’t go further as Ayabonga Khaka rattled the stumps of Shamima for 27 in 19.3 overs.
Following her exit, Sharmin Akhter and Musrshida Khatun also followed her steps for 34,0 in just two overs leaving the side for a staggering 72-3.
In the middle and lower middle-order Rumana Ahmed, Nigar Sultana, Ritu Moni scored 21, 29, 27 respectively but it just lessened the run difference.