Nigar Sultana Joty ton, Fahima Khatun four help Bangladesh Emerging take 4-0 lead over South Africa Emerging
Nigar Sultana Joty scored her second hundred in the series after which Fahima Khatun picked up four wickets as Bangladesh Emerging thumped South Africa Emerging by 110 runs in the fourth one-day clash between the sides at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (April 11). The hosts, as a result, extended their lead in the series to 4-0.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh Emerging lost Sharmin Sultana early for ten. Joty walked in in the sixth over and consolidated the innings, in the company of Murshida Khatun. The left-hander scored a breezy 41 off 78 balls before being run out. That ended her 82-run partnership with Joty.
The home team then lost Fargana Hoque (one) soon, before Shobhana Mostary walked in. Along with Joty, she scored runs at a fair clip and added 97 for the fourth wicket. Mostary then fell to Leah Jones for 45 from just 52 balls, even as Joty, the wicketkeeper-batter was inching towards her century.
With under four overs to go, Lata Mondal batted aggressively to stay unbeaten on 25 off just 16 balls, with a four and a six to her credit. The skipper Joty, meanwhile, completed her second century in the series. She finished unbeaten on 101 off 132 balls to help Bangladesh Emerging finish on four for 236 in their 50 overs.
Michaela Andrews and Nonkululeko Baneti picked up a wicket each for South Africa Emerging, apart from Jones. The more experienced Nondumiso Shangase and Anneke Bosch ended up wicketless, with Bosch going at nine runs per over.
In reply, the tourists lost a flurry of wickets at regular intervals. Salma Khatun started the fall with the strike of Annerie Dercksen (eight). Nahida Akter and Mondal chipped in with the wickets of Shangase (11) and Andrie Steyn (12) respectively. Fahima then got into the act, finishing with four for just 29 runs. First, she sent back Faye Tunnicliffe for seven, before dismissing Sinalo Jafta (zero), Jones (four) and Jane Winster (nine).
Bosch was the only positive for South Africa Emerging, scoring a fluent 63, her first in the series. She was the eighth wicket to fall, caught behind by Joty off Salma after facing 81 balls. The visitors were bowled out for just 126, losing the clash by 110 runs. Salma finished with two for 19 in her ten overs.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh Emerging 236/4 in 50 overs (Nigar Sultana Joty 101*, Shobhana Mostary 45) beat South Africa Emerging 126 all out in 46.5 overs (Anneke Bosch 63; Fahima Khatun 4/29) by 110 runs. PoTM: Nigar Sultana Joty