Touring South African Women's Cricket team clinched the five-match One Day International (ODI) series 3-1 with one match to spare outplaying Bangladesh Women's by 94 runs in the fourth match at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar on Wednesday, reports UNB.
The Proteas women's started the Bangladesh campaign crushing hosts by 86 runs in the first ODI and beat them again by 17 runs in the second ODI before conceding 10-run defeat in the third match.
This is the eighth win for the visiting South African women's team in their tenth encounters against Bangladesh in the ODI cricket since their first inception in September 2012 in Dhaka. Bangladesh women's won the rest two ODI matches, including their 10-run victory against the Proteas in the third match of the ongoing series last Monday.
The fourth and final match of the series will be held at the same venue tomorrow (Friday).
In the day's match, South African Women's opened the innings first after winning the toss and piled a fighting total of 251 for 7 in 50 overs, featuring 74 runs in the third wicket stand by Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryon.
One down batter M du Preez contributed the match highest 79 runs off 108 runs hitting six boundaries and was adjudged the player of the match while Chloe Tryon scored 54-ball 47 runs with help of seven boundaries. Opener Lizelle Lee (28) and lower order D van Niekerk (not out 26) were other contributors for tourists reaching the double figures.
Local spinner Khadija Tul Kubra, who was adjudged player of the match in Bangladesh 10-run victory over South Africa last Monday, also showed her consistent performance grabbing three wickets for 48 runs.
Skipper Rumana Ahmed claimed two wickets for 30 runs while Jahanara Alam took one for 42 runs.
Chasing a target of 252 runs, Bangladesh faced initial batting collapse losing four wickets-Sharmin Sultana (1), Sharmin Akhter (14), Rumana Ahmed (0) and Nigar Sultana (7) - for 41 runs in 19.4 overs, but Fargana Haque pairing with Salma Khatun tried their best to repair the early damage contributing 71 runs in the 5th wicket stand.
But, finally Bangladesh were bundled out for 157 runs in 50 overs.
One down Fargana Haque scored 144-ball 67 runs featuring four boundaries, number six Salma Khatun added 64-ball 30 runs hitting two fours, Shila Sharmin made 11-ball 15 with three fours while opener Sharmin Akhter scored 17-ball 14 runs with two fours, were the main contributors for the home side scoring the double digit.
Ayabonga Khaka grabbed three wickets for 34 runs, Moseline Daniels took two for 21 runs while MM Letsoalo also took two for 39 runs.