An unbeaten century stand between Sharmin Akhter and Nigar Sultana saw Bangladesh Emerging complete a commanding nine-wicket over South Africa Emerging in the third and final one-day match at Groenkloof Oval in Pretoria on Sunday (July 29). The visitors thus sealed a 2-1 come-from-behind series victory after being outplayed in the first match of the tour.
For the second time running South Africa were unable to capitalise on a promising start with the bat. Robyn Searle and Tamzin Brits shared a 64-run opening stand before the latter was caught and bowled by Fahima Khatun for 23. Searle (35) was unable to kick on from there, departing in the following over to Khadija Tul Kubra, the off-spinner.
Trisha Chetty continued her good batting form, scoring her second consecutive half-century of the series. The veteran, however, failed to receive any support from the other end, as the rest of the hosts’ line-up fell like a pack of cards.
Bangladesh Emerging’s spinners kept a tight leash on the scoring rate while also picking up wickets at regular intervals. Nahida Akter, Fahima, Tul Kubra and Shaila Sharmin, the visitors’ spin quartet bowled a collective spell of 37-2-117-7.
While Chetty held one end up with an 86-ball 63, the rest of the line up managed only single digit scores. Nadine de Klerk, South Africa Emerging captain, was the only exception, scoring 17— including the only six of the match. The hosts stuttered to 176 for 7 in their 50 overs.
Fahima was Bangaldesh Emerging’s most successful bowler with figures of 3 for 32, while Tul Kubra took 2 for 34 with her off-spin.
Bangladesh Emerging showed wonderful intent from the very start of their innings, scoring at close to four runs an over. Murshida Khatun and Sharmin shared a 75-run opening stand, with former the more aggressive of the two. Their promising partnership, however, came to an end when Brits ran out Murshida for an enterprising 31.
That was the only wicket the hosts’ would celebrate for the rest of the innings as Sharmin and Nigar’s unbeaten 104-run stand for the second wicket took Bangladesh home with 5.2 overs to spare. They were unbeaten on 83 and 48 respectively.