The Momentum Proteas crushed Bangladesh by 154 runs after bowling them out for just 76 in the fourth ODI at Diamond Oval in Kimberly. The hosts’ hunt for the ODI series whitewash is likely to happen as the Proteas have now convincingly beaten Bangladesh for the fourth consecutive time in the series with just one ODI remaining.
Allrounder and captain for the day Chloe Tyron was instrumental as she scored 60 runs off just 40 balls and ended with bowling figures of 4.2-1-11-1 to ensure that her side to guide her side to victory in what was a perfect all-round performance. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first with the intention of spending some time out in the middle. The opening pair of Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee didn’t disappoint as they got off to a flying start sharing a brilliant partnership of 72 before the youngster Wolvaardt edged one to the keeper for 32.
It is clear that the Tigers are Lee’s favourite team to play against as she hit yet another half-century becoming the third player to reach 2,000 ODI runs for Momentum Proteas. The destructive batter was back in the pavilion for a brilliant 70 thanks to Panna Ghosh who got the much-needed breakthrough for the visitors with the hosts on 120/2 (31.1 overs).
A couple of overs later Wicketkeeper batswomen Trisha Chetty lost her wicket for 31 with former captain Mignon du Preez following four balls later run out due to a mix up between the batters. With the Proteas on 139/4 (35.5 overs), the Tigers were still in it and looking to restrict the hosts to a target they can chase but Tryon had other ideas when she at the back end of the innings hit a couple of balls out of the park before being caught in the deep for a 47 ball 60.
The Proteas reached 230 at the end of their 50 overs leaving Bangladesh with a challenging 231 to win the fourth ODI match.
Like in the first three ODI matches, Bangladesh got their chase off to a bad start when Ayabonga Khaka struck in the second over to remove Sanjida Islam (1). Sharmin Sultana (11) was the next victim caught by Du Preez off Raisibe Ntozakhe. Fargana Hoque tried to keep the Tigers in the game but she was caught by Sune Luus for 22 to give Ntozakhe her second.
Wickets kept on tumbling for the visitors as Rumana Ahmed (1) was caught by Tryon to give Luus her first wicket in the series. Two balls later Luus got another wicket this time trapping Nigar Sultana for 1. At the halfway stage of their innings, the Tigers were struggling on 66/6 after 25.5 overs, the Proteas newbie, Zintle Mali made things worse when she sent Salma Khatun to hut for 4. Proteas speedster Shabnim Ismail cleaned up the tail with two quick wickets of Shamima Sultana for 17 and Nahida Akter for a duck. The innings ended with a direct hit as the Tigers were all out for 76.
The 5th and final ODI match is on the 14th of May at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein