ST LUCIA – Consolation for the SA women’s cricket team came in the form of a comfortable, 30-run victory over Bangladesh in their final Women’s World T20 group match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Sunday.
They avoided having to take part in the qualifying competition of the next tournament which is due to take place in Australia in March, 2020.
It was another low scoring affair and not the most polished of batting displays as South Africa posted 109/9 in their 20 overs.
SA got off to a good start with Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk (17) opening the batting. The former was run out on 21 off 13 balls in the third over. Player of the Match Marizanne Kapp top scored with 25 from 19 balls, while wickets once again tumbled in clusters.
The Proteas women fell from 93/5 in the 16th over to 107/9 thanks to Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun who was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/20 in her four overs. Khadija Tul Kubra was also handy, returning 2/18.
South Africa’s bowlers once again shone, maintaining good pressure and ensuring that the Bangladesh reply was dry of runs.
Rumana Ahmed top scored with 34 from 40 deliveries, but lack of support from the rest of the line-up guaranteed the continued rise of the asking rate until it proved impossible to catch up. Bangladesh in the end were restricted to 79/5.