Khaka, Ntozakhe steers Proteas to a 2-0 lead

Khaka, Ntozakhe steers Proteas to a 2-0 lead

Ayabonga Khaka ©South Africa Cricket

Khaka, Ntozakhe bundle out Tigers for 89, Wolvaart steers chase as Proteas go 2-0 up. It only took the Momentum Proteas bowling attack 39.6 overs to bundle out Bangladesh for 89 and a Laura Wolvaardt hitting 37 not out to lead the hosts to a 9 wickets victory in the second ODI at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

Bangladesh were made to rue their decision to bat first after winning the toss as Proteas medium pacer Ayabonga Khaka (3/13) on a rampage took the first three wickets of Sanjida Islam out for 5, Fargana Hoque out for a duck and Murshida Khatun (1) in the first 5 overs of the innings to leave Bangladesh on 10/3.

Khaka who picked the match ball before the start of play was named the player of the match for her excellent performance (6-1-13-3). Seven overs later Masabata Klaas joined the party when she had Rumana Ahmed (6) edge the ball to WK Chetty in the 12th over.

Off-spinner Raisibe Ntozakhe, who claimed the scalp of Sultana for 17, Jannatul Ferdus without scoring and Salma Khatun goes for 5 ripped through the middle lower order to return impressive figures of 3/16.

Bangladesh tried to fight back with Jahanara Alam and Panna Ghosh (20*) sharing a 37-run partnership for the 10th wicket but captain Dane van Niekerk decided to get in on the action when he got the wicket of Fahima Khatun for 8 with Chloe Tryon removing Alam for 18 in the 35th over.

The Proteas wrapped their breath-taking bowling display when Akter was run out for 1 with Bangladesh bowled out for just 89 in 39.5 overs to set the hosts a target of 90 runs to win in 50 overs.

Chasing 90 runs proved to be an easy task for the Proteas as they got off to a flying start with openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Woolvaard scoring their second consecutive 50 partnership in just 9.2 overs. Big-hitting Lee was in a hurry to end the innings when she went big but was caught in the deep for a well-played 32 of the bowling of Salma Khatun.

But that wasn’t enough as Wolvaardt (37*) and Trisha Chetty (13*) ensure that the Proteas win by 9 runs to make it 2-0 in the 5-match ODI series. The third ODI is on Wednesday (9 May) in Kimberley.