Cricket SA logoIt was a bleak start to the SA women’s ODI series against Bangladesh when they suffered a close two-wicket defeat to the hosts on Thursday.

South Africa are taking part in the three-match ODI and T20 series to get used to the sub-continent conditions ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka later this month.

South Africa were bowled out for a meagre 75 runs after winning the toss and choosing to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Bangladesh’s Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed took 3/8 and 3/10 respectively to put South Africa in a tough position from which they never recovered. Four batters were removed without scoring and only captain Mignon du Preez managed to score more than 20 runs before she was caught and bowled by Tazia Akhter.

In Bangladesh’s reply, Shabnim Ismail broke the opening partnership between Akhter and Shukhtara Rahman (5) with the fourth ball of the innings, removing the former for a duck. Lata Mondal was the pick of the batters, scoring 31 runs before Ismail sent her back to the pavilion. An over later, Marizanne Kapp removed Farzana Haque for five to put pressure on the hosts who were 56 for six.

They held their nerve, however and, even though they lost two more wickets, managed to scrape through to a two-wicket victory.

South Africa take on Bangladesh in the second ODI on Saturday.