The conclusion of the Women’s World T20 group stage saw South Africa record their second win of the tournament, as they defeated Bangladesh by 30 runs.
For both teams, this was a dead rubber, however, Bangladesh was still chasing their first win of the tournament while South Africa was looking to finish third, seen as “the best of the rest” in Group A which included heavyweights England and the West Indies.
Batting first, South Africa struggled on a tough pitch, as illustrated in previous England against the hosts West Indies game. By their standards, they would have been disappointed with their final total of 9/109.
Marizanne Kapp was the best player with the bat for the South African’s, scoring 25 from 19 deliveries and Lizelle Lee also scored an entertaining 21 from 13.
With the ball for Bangladesh, Salma Khatun was the dominant bowler, taking 3/20 off her four overs. Khadija Tul Kubra was also impressive, taking 2/18 off her four overs.
This was Bangladesh’s chance to finish the competition with the first upset of the tournament, and despite the challenging pitch, they would have been confident. Their middle order gave them a decent enough chance, with Rumana Ahmed top scoring for not only her side, but also the whole game with 34 not out from 40 balls.
However, apart from Ahmed, only Fargana Hoque scored more than eight out of the rest of the Bangladeshi batting line-up, as she made 19 from 36 which illustrated how slow and tough batting on the St Lucia pitch.
South Africa was impressive with the ball, restricting their opponents to just 5/79 from their 20 overs. Five of the seven bowlers used took a wicket apiece, with Masabata Klaas taking 1/13 off four overs, and Moseline Daniels 1/6 off three as South Africa won by 30 runs.
A positive ending to the tournament for South Africa, finishing third in the group after two wins and defeats. Bangladesh had their chances, yet they finished winless, but it was also going to be tough for the qualifying play-off winners against the major Women’s teams in the world.
Plenty to learn for both teams and that can only be a good thing going into the future for those squads.
South Africa 9/109 (Marizanne Kapp 25, Salma Khatun 3/20) defeated Bangladesh 5/79 (Rumana Ahmed 34 not out, Moseline Daniels 1/6).