KIMBERLEY: Debutant and Player of the Match, Ayanda Hlubi as well as captain Laura Wolvaardt played leading roles with bat and ball as the Proteas Women secured an emphatic eight-wicket triumph against Bangladesh in the third and final T20 International (T20I) to tie the series 1-1 in Kimberley on Friday.

Hlubi produced impressive figures of two for 15 to help the home side restrict Bangladesh to 94/6 despite a contribution from Latal Mondal (42 off 62 balls; 2 fours) before Wolvaardt scored an unbeaten 49* off 49 deliveries, including five fours to steer South Africa to 95/2 to seal the win with 4.4 overs to spare.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, South Africa made a fantastic start to the encounter as 19-year-old Hlubi struck twice in two balls in her first over of international cricket, removing Murshida Khatun (2) and Sobhana Mostary (0), caught behind and at slip respectively.

The Proteas then capitalised on the momentum to see Masabata Klaas (2/23) pick up the hosts’ third scalp of the day as Shamima Sultana (8) was caught in the deep to leave the visitors reeling on 17/3 in the sixth over.

With a rebuild job on hand for Bangladesh, skipper Nigar Sultana (11) joined Lata Mondal (42) at the crease as the pair combined for a crucial 29-run stand for the fourth wicket before all-rounder Delmi Tucker (1/18) got her reward for disciplined bowling as she claimed the wicket of Sultana with the away side on 46/4.

With less than six overs to go, Mondal teamed up with Shorna Akter (23) for an innings-high 46-run partnership to help Bangladesh edge closer to the 100-run mark prior to two quick wickets falling in the final over, including a run-out of Akter and a second wicket for Klaas to restrict the subcontinent nation to 94/6 after 20 overs.

In the chase, the Proteas Women made a positive start in the middle as Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits (17) partnered up for 35 runs for the opening wicket before the latter fell in the fifth over. Bangladesh struck again soon after as Anneke Bosch (9) was sent back to the dugout to leave South Africa 52/2 after eight overs.

Bosch’s wicket was the last to fall for the host nation as Wolvaardt alongside Suné Luus (15*) showed their experience and maturity to see the innings through with an undefeated 43-run stand to help South Africa level the three-match series in the 15th over.

Marufa Akter (1/14) and Shorifa Khatun (1/10) were the only wicket-takers for Bangladesh, with youngster Shorna Akter awarded the Player of the Series following her five wickets in the three matches.

The white ball tour continues in the One-Day International series between 16-23 December as part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 qualification.

Proteas Women T20I Squad vs Bangladesh (2023/24): 

Anneke Bosch (Fidelity Titans), Tazmin Brits (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Annerie Dercksen (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Mieke de Ridder (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Lara Goodall (Western Province), *Ayanda Hlubi (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Sinalo Jafta (DP World Lions), Masabata Klaas (Fidelity Titans), Suné Luus (Fidelity Titans), *Eliz-Mari Marx (Fidelity Titans), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tumi Sekhukhune (DP World Lions), Nondumiso Shangase (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Delmi Tucker (Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Fidelity Titans)

Results – South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24: 

1st T20I – Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Sunday, 03 December) 
Bangladesh beat South Africa by 13 runs
Bangladesh: 149/2 after 20 overs; M. Khatun 62* (59), N. Sultana 34* (21); N. Shangase 1/13, E. Marx 1/25
South Africa: 136/8 after 20 overs; A. Bosch 67 (49), T. Brits 30 (26); S. Akter 5/28, R. Khan 1/17

2nd T20I – Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (Wednesday, 06 December) 

No result

3rd T20I – Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (Friday, 08 December) 
South Africa beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
Bangladesh: 94/6 after 20 overs; L. Mondal 42 (62), S. Akter 23 (16); A. Hlubi 2/15, M. Klaas 2/23
South Africa: 95/2 after 15.2 overs; L. Wolvaardt 49* (49), S. Luus 15* (22); S. Khatun 1/10, M. Akter 1/14

Fixtures – South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24

50-over Warm-Up Match: 
Tuesday, 12 December @ 10h00 SAST
SA Emerging vs Bangladesh XI (Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein)

One-Day International  Series – ICC Women’s Championship:
Saturday, 16 December @ 14h00 SAST
1st ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Buffalo Park, East London)

Wednesday, 20 December @ 14h00 SAST
2nd ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)

Saturday, 23 December  @ 14h00 SAST
3rd ODI –  South Africa vs Bangladesh (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)

For media inquiries, please contact:
Lita Gqirana – Proteas Women Media Specialist
Cell.: (+27) 76 503 9655
Email: litag@cricket.co.za



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