SA-W vs BAN-W, 3rd ODI, Review: South Africa beat Bangladesh to clinch the series 2-1

South Africa Women beat Bangladesh Women with a hefty margin of 216 runs in the series decider.

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In a thrilling ODI series decider at Benoni's Willowmoore Park, South Africa clinched a spectacular victory against Bangladesh on Saturday, December 23. The series had been deadlocked at 1-1, and intensified the battle between the two teams. Tazmin Brits and skipper Laura Wolvaardt orchestrated a monumental partnership of 243 runs for the first wicket, propelling their team to a defining win to wrap up the year 2023 on a triumphant note. South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first on a pitch, which was conducive for batters.

Following an initial setback in the first ODI where they suffered a hefty 119-run defeat, South Africa rallied back with sheer determination. Wolvaardt, notching up her fifth ODI century and second of the year, paired brilliantly with Brits, who marked her maiden ton in the format. Their partnership seemed unstoppable until Marufa Akter managed to dismiss Wolvaardt for a stellar 126 off 134 balls in the 43rd over. Brits followed suit in the next over, stumped for an impressive 118 off 124 deliveries.

South Africa bowlers left Bangladesh reeling in middle

Anneke Bosch (28* off 19) and Sune Luus (34 off 17) stepped up the momentum, steering the hosts to a commanding total. Rabeya Khan emerged as the standout bowler for Bangladesh, securing 2 for 49 in her ten overs. However, Bangladesh's chase never gained momentum, with Ritu Moni being the only batter to cross the 20-run mark, scoring 33 off 67 balls, featuring four boundaries.

South Africa's bowling exhibited dominance early on, with Marizanne Kapp claiming two crucial wickets during the first powerplay. Unfortunately, Kapp suffered an ankle injury in the 11th over, forcing her out of the game after she stepped on a sprinkler cover at midwicket. Ayabonga Khaka and Nadine de Klerk joined forces, seizing six wickets collectively, and dismantling Bangladesh's batting order. Bangladesh faced a staggering defeat, leaving a substantial 18.5 overs unused in their innings, as South Africa emerged victorious by a monumental margin of 216 runs.

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