South Africa came to the 2nd ODI with a point to prove after losing the 1st ODI to the visitors Bangladesh, their performance in this match spoke for itself. Restricting Bangladesh to 224/4 even as Fargana Hoque brought in her second ODI century this year, it was the Proteas’ bowling and further, it was their batting that ensured a famous win at the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom in South Africa.
South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first. Shamima Sultana and Fargana Hoque ensured a stable start to the proceedings and sailed Bangladesh comfortably through the powerplay and at the 10-over mark, they were 38/0. However, Masabata Klaas was quick to attack as she got rid of opener Sultana for 28. Even as Murshida Khatun joined Hoque at the crease, her stay was shortlived as she was undone by Marizanne Kapp for 8 as Bangladesh was reeling at 63/2 at the nearing mark of 17 overs.
The experienced campaigners Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque then carried over the proceedings and stitched a comfortable partnership of 58 as the runs came in equal measure of patience and critical boundaries with Hoque scoring the bulk of runs. However, as skipper Sultana was dismissed for 13 by Marizanne Kapp, Bangladesh needed an impetus.
THE PROTEAS WOMEN LEVEL SERIES
Anneke Bosch led the charge for the Proteas Women as they secure 8 wicket victory🏏
The series is tied at 1-1
— Proteas Women (@ProteasWomenCSA) December 20, 2023
Providing that impact to the innings was Fahima Khatun who scored a blitzkrieg 46 and with Hoque’s scintillating 102, they sealed a partnership of 93. Bangladesh scored 26 runs in their last three overs to finish off on a respectable 222. Hoque’s 102 was a knock laced with 11 fours and even though she was run out in the second last over, her knock was one for ages. For South Africa, Marizanne Kapp with 2 wickets and she also brought in a special feat of 150 ODI wickets entering record books.
South Africa in return chased down the total without much hassle. Openers Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits gave the ideal start for Proteas. They batted with grace and registered an opening partnership of 106 as both brought in well-deserved half-centuries. The first breakthrough for South Africa was when Ritu Moni dismissed Brits for 50 and Fahima Khatun sprung to action and got rid of Wolvaardt for 54 as South Africa. But the dependable duo of Anneke Bosch and Sune Luus ensured they were on course for a win.
Bosch scored a gritty knock of 65 and was ably supported by Sune Luus who chipped in with an imperative 47, a partnership that blossomed with 117 runs posted and it came in 20 overs. The run rate was never pressuring and South Africa wrapped up the match in 45.1 overs.
The series now drawn 1-1 moves to the third ODI at the Sahara Park, Willowmore Cricket Stadium on the 23rd of December with a lot of action awaiting the fans.
Brief Scores: South Africa vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI
Bangladesh- 222/4 (Fargana Hoque 102, Fahima Khatun 46*; Marizanne Kapp 2/21) beat South Africa- 223/2 (Anneke Bosch 65*, Laura Wolvaardt 54, Tazmin Brits 50, Sune Luus 47*) by eight wickets.