Player of the match Tryon, hit a quick 65 from just 42 balls and took 2/15 to help the Proteas win comfortably in the opening match of the five one-day internationals against Bangladesh at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Friday.
The Proteas won by a huge margin of 106-runs with Dané van Niekerk leading by example when she scored 44 from 52, following up with an excellent bowling spell 3/23. Big-hitting opener Lizelle Lee continued her good run of form against the visitors when she hit 54 to set up a good foundation for her side, sharing an opening stand of 67 runs with Laura Wolvaardt (26).
Youngster Wolvaardt was the first wicket to fall when she was clean bowled by Nahida Akhter in the 13th over. Wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty didn’t last long as she was trapped Ibw by Rumana Ahmed (1/38) in the 21st over. Lee soon followed, defeated by a good delivery by right-hand off-break Salma Khatun in the 24th.
The experienced pair of Mignon du Preez and Van Niekerk steadied the ship for the hosts, batting 10 overs together and amassing 52 runs the fourth wicket before the former became Akhter’s second victim. The hosts were 178/5 after the loss of van Niekerk to Alam when wickets began to fall in earnest but big-hitting Tryon came to South Africa’s rescue, smashing a 42-ball 65. She ended up losing her wicket in the 48th over to but not before ensuring her side crossed the 250-mark.
Bangladesh bowlers did a decent job, Jahanara Alam took (2/62), Nahida Akter (2/22) and Salma Khatun (2/53) all chipping in with two wickets each to restrict the Proteas to a target within their reach.
The visitors run chase got off to a bad start when Marizanne Kapp trapped Murshida Khatun, the debutant, in the second over for 1. Sanjida Islam (35 off 63) and Fargana Hoque (69*off 146) rebuilt the innings for Bangladesh with a 52-run second wicket partnership. South African’s captain van Niekerk broke the partnership when Islam was stumped off her bowling. She also took wickets of Nigar Sultana (6 off 16) and her counterpart Rumana Ahmed (3 off 5) in each of her first three overs.
After the loss of Ahmed, Hoque held one end up with wickets falling around her as none of the other batters managed to stick around. Eight batswomen in the visitors’ innings failed to reach double figures. The Tigers were bowled out for 164 in 49.3 overs.
By the time Hoque got to her fifth ODI half-century the game was already out of reach for Bangladesh. Even though her resilient 69* wasn’t enough, she enjoyed a 52-run partnership for the last wicket with the number 11 batter Panna Ghosh who scored 23 of 27. The partnership lasted for 10.4 overs as the two made the Proteas work hard for victory.
After playing over 100 ODIs for the Proteas, Mignon du Preez removed Ghosh, taking her first ODI wicket to end the Tigers innings and give her side victory with three balls to spare.
The second ODI Match will take place at Senwes Park this Sunday, 06 May. Play will start at 09:45.