Nigar Sultana Joty 101*, three-fers by Ritu Moni, Nahida Akter help Bangladesh Emerging down South Africa Emerging

Nigar Sultana Joty celebrates for Bangladesh Emerging. © Bangladesh Cricket Board

Three-wicket hauls by Nahida Akter and Ritu Moni followed by an unbeaten ton by Nigar Sultana Joty helped Bangladesh Emerging take a 2-0 lead in their five-match series against South Africa Emerging at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday (April 6).

Opting to bat first, South Africa Emerging got off to a positive start with Andrie Steyn and Robyn Searle adding a 57-run opening stand in over 18 overs. Steyn did the bulk of scoring but Bangladesh Emerging managed to get the breakthrough thanks to Moni managing to get Searle caught behind for 19. Soon, Nondumiso Shangase (four) and Kirstie Thomson (zero) departed in quick succession to leave South Africa Emerging reeling at three for 68.

That brought Anneke Bosch to the middle, along with Steyn. The duo stayed together for close to 17 overs and added 78 runs together for the fourth wicket. Steyn, in the interim, completed her List-A half century, too. She was on 80 and was set for a ton when Salma Khatun bowled her. In the next over, the set Bosch, too, departed for 42 off 58 balls.

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Eventually, South Africa Emerging crawled to eight for 196 from their 50 overs, with Moni returning three for 25 in her eight overs and Akter picking three for 35 in her ten.

In reply, Bangladesh Emerging lost Sharmin Sultana (seven) early. Murshida Khatun was then dismissed by Bosch for 21 off 25 balls. But Joty kept her calm and added 44 with Fargana Hoque, who made 72 in the first match, and then an unconquered 115 for the fourth wicket with Rumana Ahmed. Joty completed her ton after which Ahmed hit the winning boundary. While the skipper finished unbeaten on 101 off 135 balls, Ahmed stayed not out on 45 after facing 69 balls.

The third game of the series will be played on Thursday (April 8).

Brief Scores: South Africa Emerging 196/8 in 50 overs (Andrie Steyn 80, Anneke Bosch 42; Ritu Moni 3/25, Nahida Akter 3/35) lost to Bangladesh Emerging 197/3 in 45.3 overs (Nigar Sultana Joty 101*, Rumana Ahmed 45*) by seven wickets. PoTM: Nigar Sultana Joty