The Momentum Proteas Women put in a clinical performance to beat Bangladesh Women by nine wickets in the first T20 International at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Thursday. The Proteas bowlers set up the comfortable victory after an outstanding performance which restricted the visitors to a paltry 72 for four in 20 overs.
Trisha Chetty (32 not out) and captain, Mignon du Preez (29 not out), led the Proteas to the target with nearly six overs to spare.
“I’m extremely proud of our performance today,” Du Preez remarked. We haven’t played together for nearly five months so we did well to win this game by such a large margin. I hope this is the upward curve for the series and we continue to improve in the next two games.”
The opening bowlers started off proceedings impressively with accurate and consistent lengths, and had Bangladesh in trouble at 24 for two after 10 overs.
At that stage, the run rate was under three to the over and the pressure was on the batters who were struggling to hit boundaries. Lata Mondal (31 not out) was the only batter to make a meaningful contribution after her team mates were unable to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Moseline Daniels (1/4) and Dane van Niekerk (1/14) were the pick of the wicket-takers. However, the entire bowling unit can take credit for an all-round performance. “Everybody, who bowled, did really well and stuck to their game plans, I can’t fault them in any area,” Du Preez said.
“We can probably improve on our fielding and support the bowlers a lot more but other than that it was almost a perfect bowling performance.”
The Proteas lead the three-match series 1-0 with the next match scheduled to take place at the same venue on Friday.
Fixtures and Results for the Home T20 Series against Bangladesh: 12 Sept: SA Beat Bangladesh by 9 Wickets: 14 Sept – 2nd T20 (Senwes Park, Potchefstroom) 15 Sept – 3rd T20 (Senwes Park, Potchefstroom) SA vs Bangladesh ODI Fixtures: 18 Sept – One Day Warm Up (Olympic Park, Rustenburg) 20 Sept – 1st ODI (Sahara Willowmoore, Benoni) 22 Sept – 2nd ODI (Bidvest Wanderers) 24 Sept – 3rd ODI (SuperSport Park, Centurion) SA vs Sri Lanka Fixtures: 22 Oct – One Day Warm Up vs SA Emerging team 24 Oct – 1st ODI 26 Oct – 2nd ODI 28 Oct – 3rd ODI 31 Oct – 1st T20 2 Nov – 2nd T20 3 Nov – 3rd T20
(With editing by gsport)