South Africa wins the five-match ODI series against Bangladesh. ©South Africa Cricket
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The Proteas completed a 5-0 whitewash of Bangladesh, winning the fifth and final ODI match by 6 wickets at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.

The birthday girl, Captain Dane van Niekerk won the toss and to chose to bowl first. Bangladesh this time around managed to bat all their allocated overs without being bowled out with Shamima Sultana and Rumana Ahmed scoring half-centuries for the Tigers in what was their best and improved batting display in the 5-match ODI series. Trying to prevent a whitewash the Tigers posted 166-9 in their 50 overs with the wicketkeeper-batter Shamima Sultan scoring her maiden half-century (53) which was the first half-century by the visitors ever since the first ODI match of the series.

Skipper Ahmed top-scored with a brilliant 74 sharing a 90 run fourth wicket stand with Sultana and also added another 44 runs with Nigar Sultana Joty before MarizanneKapp sent her packing denying Bangladesh a strong finish as wickets started to tumble on a regular basis.

The experienced duo of Shabnim Ismail (3/14) and Marizanne Kapp (2-21) took most of the Tigers’ wickets. Once again in this series, Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee ensured that the Proteas’ chase started off well when they put on a 79 run first wicket partnership in 16 overs. The Tigers tried to fight back with a Khadija Tul Kubra double strike, getting Lee for 44(49) and Trisha Chetty the following delivery without troubling the scorers.

van Niekerk (29) and Wolvaardt put the Proteas right on track, bringing the hosts close to victory. In the process, the 19-year-old Wolvaardt (70*) scored her 11th ODI half-century hitting the winning runs for the Proteas. The opening pair of Wolvaardt and Lee were named The Player of The Match and Player of the Series respectively.

The Proteas win in the final ODI was more like a present for their Captain, van Niekerk who turned 25 today.

Now the focus will be on the three-match T20I series which will start from 17th May.