Khaka celebrating after taking a wicket. ©South Africa Cricket

Proteas medium pacer Ayabonga Khaka once again produced a stellar bowling display as she took 3/16 while Lizelle Lee scored an unbeaten 44 to lead the hosts to a 9 wickets victory in the third ODI at De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

Bangladesh sent in to bat first got off to the worse possible start when the experienced Marizanne Kapp (2/14) removed Sanjida Islam for 1 in the third over followed by a run out of Fargana Hoque (0) by Lizelle Lee three balls later.

Playing in her 50th ODI match for the Proteas, Khaka took the wicket of Sharmin Sultana for 3 to leave the Tigers struggling at 7-4 in the opening four overs of their innings. When it looked like Bangladesh were beginning to rebuild their innings on 25-4 with Fahima Khatun 9*, Nigar Sultana 7*, Masabatha Klaas (1/7) decided to break the partnership before it could materialize when she had Khatun caught and bowled for 9.

Zintle Mali on debut removed Jannatul Ferdus (1) for her first ODI scalp thanks to Trisha Chetty (WK) who took the catch. Raisibe Ntozakhe (1/10) and Chloe Tryon (1/10) took wicket a piece, a run-out and Khaka taking the final wicket of Khadija Tul Kubra (2) to bowl out Bangladesh for 71 in 36.4 overs leaving Nigar Sultana Joty unbeaten on 33.

In a repeat of the second ODI, the Proteas chased down their target of 72 with ease, losing just one wicket of Andrie Steyn for 12 off the bowling of Nahida Aker (1/9).

It only took the Proteas 14 overs to seal victory in the third ODI match as Lee in good form led the chase when she scored an unbeaten 44 of 51 balls hitting five fours and a six supported by Chetty (15*).

Lee was awarded the player of the match award for her efforts. The fourth ODI match is on the 11th of May in Kimberley.