A measured knock at the top of the innings from Lizelle Lee and a typically aggressive showing from Chloe Tryon has put the Momentum Proteas in the driving seat against Bangladesh in the fourth Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s One-Day International (ODI) in Kimberley on Friday.
Stand-in captain, Tryon won the toss and elected to bat first at the Diamond Oval, as the hosts went on to post 230/7 in 50 overs, as they look to take a 4-0 lead in the series.
After chasing two low targets in recent matches, the South African opening pair were looking to take the opportunity to score some runs at the top of the order, as Laura Wolvaardt (32) and Lee put on a 72-run partnership before the former edged to the keeper.
Although it was proving difficult to score quickly in the early part of the innings, Lee played a well-controlled knock as she went on to record her 15th ODI fifty and her second of the series. She hit 70 runs from 102 deliveries, including nine boundaries before she was caught off Panna Ghosh (1/29).
Lee also became only the third woman to amass 2,000 runs in ODI cricket for South Africa.
With both openers back in the shed, Bangladesh began to gain control of the game as the Proteas lost a flurry of wickets in the middle period, with Trisha Chetty (31), Mignon du Preez (3) and Sune Luus (4) all dismissed in relatively quick succession.
Bangladesh’s slow left-armer, Nahida Akter was the chief destroyer, as she bagged match figures of two for 36 in nine overs.
With wickets falling around her, Tryon went on to play a true captain’s knock as she took the game by the scruff of the neck, dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground, as she recorded her eighth ODI fifty before eventually losing her wicket in the 48th over for 60 from 42 balls, including six fours and two maximums.
Tryon’s innings proved to be crucial as the hosts set the Bangladesh a target of 231 for victory.