South Africa win the match and lead series 2-0. ©OfficialCSA

Shamima Sultana’s stellar half-century goes in vain as the Momentum Proteas successfully defended a 170-run target to claim a 32-run win against Bangladesh in the second T20I. Sultana (50 off 43) but her efforts were not enough as Marizanne Kapp (1/23) and Shabnim Ismail (2/29) restricted the Tigers to 137/5.

The Tigers got off to a good start by removing the dangerous Lizelle Lee (4) and the debutant Tazmin Brits (10) early but captain Van Niekerk’s brilliant partnership with Sune Luus saw the Proteas reach 131-3 in 16 overs before Nahida Akter sent Van Niekerk packing for 66(42). Luus scored career-best 71 off 57 balls with big hitter Chloe Tryon smashing the ball away for 6 to help South Africa to 169/4 in their 20 overs.

The Proteas set Bangladesh a target of 170 in 120 balls. Bangladesh lost Sanjida Islam of the bowling of Marizanne Kapp without scoring. The experienced Shabnim Ismail removed Rumana Ahmed three overs later. Fargana Hoque alongside the first woman from Bangladesh to make a T20I half-century Sultana led the Tigers to fight back with a partnership that saw the tourists reach 100 in 14 needing 70 to win. Ismail was at it once again when she got rid of Hoque for 37.

The Proteas pace bowler Ayabaonga Khaka got into the action by removing Sultana just after reaching her 50 and then Nigar Sultana was run out for 7 off the next delivery. The two quick wickets left Bangladesh on 115/5 after 17.5 overs needing 55 from 13 to win. The Tigers fell short of their target as they ended on 137/5 in 20 overs which became their highest T20 international total. Captain Van Niekerk was named the player of the match.

The Proteas take an unassailable 2-0 lead with the third and final T20 set to place on the 20th May.