Lizelle Lee and Chloe Tryon struck aggressive half-centuries as the Momentum Proteas end on 270/9 (50 overs) in the first match of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s ODI series against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.
Skipper Dane van Niekerk won the toss and elected to bat first, sending in her openers, Lee and Laura Wolvaardt, as they went on to record a 67-run partnership for the first wicket.
Despite Wolvaardt’s dismissal for 26 during the 13th over, Lee continued to establish herself at the crease, as she amassed seven boundaries and a six, to bring up her 14th ODI half-century off only 64 deliveries.
With a solid foundation set, Van Niekerk entered the foil after the departure of Lee, scoring at will, including six boundaries, as she fell just 6 runs short of a half-ton.
The South African skipper was aptly supported by Mignon du Preez (26) throughout their 63-run partnership.
With wickets continuing to fall, Tryon - in at six - was required to bat throughout most of her innings with the lower order, allowing the middle-order batters to play an explosive game as she proceeded to smash the ball to all parts of the ground at Senwes Park.
Tryon went on to bring up her 7th ODI fifty as she finished on 65 off 42 deliveries, including nine boundaries and three maximums.
The visitors’ Fahima Khatun stood out with ball in hand, ending the innings with figures of 2/53.
Bangladesh Women require 271 runs to claim victory in the first of five matches in the CSA Women’s ODI Series.