The Momentum Proteas sealed another whitewash series victory as they beat Bangladesh by 23 runs in the rain-affected third T20 International in Bloemfontein. The final T20 match started late due to rain and was reduced to 9 overs a side. Three overs of powerplay. Four bowlers bowl two overs, one bowls one.
After winning the toss and choosing to field first, The Tigers got off to a decent start when Salma Khatun removed Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus in the first four overs. The new kid on the block Tazmin Brits showed what she is capable of when she scored an important 29 runs to help the Proteas reach 64/4 in 9 overs with Khatun ending with figures of 2/18.
To avoid the second whitewash, Bangladesh needed to chase 65 off 54 but the experienced Shabnim Ismail decided to make things difficult for the Tigers when she bowled a maiden to open the innings with Marizanne Kapp getting the wicket of Murshida Khatun (1) the following over. Bangladesh kept on losing wickets with Hoque being the next one to fall of the bowling of Ayabonga Khaka followed by Ahmed (6) in the 5th over to leave the Tigers limping on 20/3 needing 45 from 27 balls to win.
The was no stopping Khaka as she removed two more Bangladesh batters in quick succession Shamima Sultana (12) and Nigar Sultana for 3. Khaka ended with impressive figures of 3/10 as Bangladesh finished on 41/6 in their 9 overs losing by 23 runs.
South African bowlers didn’t concede a single boundary which is the second time this has happened in a completed women’s T20I. Khaka was named The Player of The Match with Ismail walking away with The Player of The Series Award.
The hosts won the T20I series 3-0 to add to their 5-0 ODI win winning all the eight matches versus the tourists in both the ODI and T20 series.