Murshida Khatun and Bowlers Power Bangladesh to Opening ODI Victory

An amalgamation of an unbeaten half-century from Murshida Khatun and a team effort from the bowlers helped Bangladesh seal a famous 119-run triumph over the Proteas Women in the first One-Day International, to go 1-0 up in the three-match series in East London on Saturday, 16 December, 2023.

Player of the Match Khatun produced a career-best innings of 91* off 100 deliveries, including 12 fours, to guide Bangladesh to an imposing total of 250/3 before spinner Nahida Akter claimed leading figures of three for 33 alongside her fellow bowlers to restrict South Africa to 131 all out after 36.3 overs.

After being put into bat by the home side following the toss, Bangladesh made the most of their opportunity as openers Shamima Sultana (34) and Fargana Hoque (35) put together a first-wicket partnership worth 66 runs within 15 overs before debutant Eliz-Mari Marx (1/43) made the breakthrough for her first ODI wicket.

With Shamima Sultana back in the change-room, Hoque teamed up with Murshida Khatun for another vital stand to take the visitors into three figures in the 20th over before another important wicket for South Africa, with Delmi Tucker (1/43) picking up the scalp of Hoque to leave the Tigresses 110/2 in the 27th over.

The loss of Hoque did little to slow down the away side as Murshida Khatun and skipper Nigar Sultana (38) added another 50-run stand to the scoreboard, with Khatun raising her bat for a third career fifty to help take her side close to the 200-run mark.

With the Bangladeshi tails up at the crease, left-arm spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba (1/37) broke the all-important partnership in the 42nd over, producing a caught and bowled to see the back of Nigar Sultana left the subcontinent side on 190/3.

With less than 10 overs to go, young all-rounder Shorna Akter (28*) then joined the in-form Murshida Khatun in the middle as the duo combined to great effect to add 60 more runs to the total as Bangladesh eventually finished on a competitive 250/3 in their allotted 50 overs.

In the second innings, South Africa’s chase got off to an unfavourable start as top-order batters Laura Wolvaardt (5) and Tazmin Brits (4) fell to spinner Sultana Khatun (2/32) and fast bowler Marufa Akter (1/19) within the first three overs.

Despite a brief reprieve for South Africa, with Anneke Bosch (16) and Suné Luus (31) adding 41 runs for the third wicket, Nahida Akter picked up two wickets to rock the South Africans, removing both batters in quick succession to leave them reeling on 63/4 in the 17th over.

With the host nation still needing 188 runs for victory, Nadine de Klerk (1) was the next wicket to fall for the Proteas with Rabeya Khan (2/24) joining the wicket-taking party for the visitors. Two overs later, things went from bad to worse for South Africa as Tucker (14) became the sixth batter to be dismissed – falling to Khan.

Although the hosts’ lower order showed commendable fight and spirit with the bat through contributions from Marx (35), Sinalo Jafta (11) and Masabata Klaas (7), South Africa’s chase came to an end on 131 all-out as Bangladesh wrapped up the victory with 13.3 overs remaining.

The second ODI begins on Wednesday, 20 December from 14h00 at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.

Proteas Women ODI Squad

Laura Wolvaardt  (c)
Anneke Bosch 
Tazmin Brits
Nadine de Klerk
Mieke de Ridder
Lara Goodall
Sinalo Jafta (wk)
Marizanne Kapp
Ayabonga Khaka
Masabata Klaas
Suné Luus
Eliz-Mari Marx
Nonkululeko Mlaba
Tumi Sekhukhune
Delmi Tucker

Bangladesh Women ODI Squad

Nigar Sultana (c)
Fargana Hoque
Sobhana Mostary
Murshida Khatun
Shamima Sultana (wk)
Disha Biswas
Lata Mondal
Rabeya Khan
Ritu Moni
Shorna Akter
Sumaiya Akter
Nahida Akter
Fahima Khatun
Marufa Akter
Sultana Khatun
Shorifa Khatun

ICC Women’s Championship One-Day International Series Fixtures and Results of the South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24 from 12-23 December, 2023

Tue 12 Dec: Warm-Up Match: SA Emerging lost to Bangladesh XI by 8 runs
Sat 16 Dec, 14h00: 1st ODI – South Africa lost to Bangladesh by 119 runs
Wed 20 Dec, 14h00: 2nd ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)
Sat 23 Dec, 14h00: 3rd ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)

Photo Caption: Proteas Women take on Bangladesh Women in the first of a three match ODI series, a part of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship 2022-2025 qualification campaign for the Cricket World Cup 2025 in India, at Buffalo Park, East London on Saturday 16 December. Photo: Proteas Women on Instagram

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