Sensational Shorna Akter Steers Bangladesh to T20 Win Against Proteas Women

16-year-old Shorna Akter stunned the crowd at Willowmoore Park in Benoni taking a career-best haul of 5 wickets for Bangladesh to beat Proteas Women by 13 runs in the first of the three-match T20 series. Photo: Screengrab of the Official Broadcast on Supersport

Sixteen year-old Shorna Akter stunned the crowd in Benoni, taking a career-best haul of 5 wickets for Bangladesh as they beat Proteas Women by 13 runs in the first T20 in the three-match series at Willowmoore Park outside of Johannesburg, on Sunday, 3 December, 2023.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh decided the set the target on a beautiful summer’s afternoon in Benoni. Murshida Khatun and Shamima Sultana put on a crucial first wicket stand of 44 before Sultana 24 (24) was caught by Tumi Sekhukhune off the bowling of Nondumiso Shangase. 

Khatun was never afraid to take on the Protea’s bowling unit as she played a special unbeaten innings of 62* (59), smashing six fours around Willowmoore Park. Sobhana Mostary played a rapid 16 (17) with three fours before she was trapped lbw by Proteas debutant Eliz-Mari Marx.

Khutan was joined by captain Nigar Sultana Joty who finished with unbeaten on 34* (21) with six fours. Khutan and Joty put on a spectacular 67-run partnership that propelled Bangladesh to 149/2 in their allotted overs. 

South Africa’s bowling unit struggled to taper the scoring, with Shangase with figures of 1/13 and Marx with 1/25 the pick of the home side’s bowling attack.

It was all to play for as the second innings got under way with Tazmin Brits and Anneke Bosch putting their back into the opening partnership of 69 before Brits 30 (26) was sent back to the dressing room.

With the Proteas on 69/1 and requiring a further 81 runs for victory, it was anyone’s game, coming down to who wanted it more. Step in Shorna Akter, the star of the show that saw to the demise of the Proteas side. 

Bosch played a hard-fought innings of 67 (49) hitting nine fours and one maximum before she was sent back to the dugout. With 27 runs to get, it was a tough ask for the Proteas but try they did, but Shorna Akter was having none of it, this was her day and she brought that “Tiger” spirit in every ball, taking the scalp of Nondumiso Shangase 0 (3) for her third wicket. 

With a sense of victory in the air, the Bangladesh bowling unit put everything they had into it. Nahida Akter got rid of Eliz-Mari Marx 1 (4), and Shorna Akter returned to take care of Mieke de Ridder 1 (2) and Masabata Klaas 0 (1), finishing with best-bowling figures of 5/23. 

It was a superb bowling spell that left the Delmi Tucker unbeaten on 15* (10) and the Proteas Women on 136/8 in their allotted overs, 13 runs short of the target. 

Bangladesh take the first win and lead the series 1-0 with the second encounter scheduled for Wednesday, 6 December, at the Kimberley Oval, in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. 

Proteas Women T20I Squad vs Bangladesh (2023/24)

Laura Wolvaardt 
Anneke Bosch 
Tazmin Brits 
Annerie Dercksen 
Mieke de Ridder 
Lara Goodall 
*Ayanda Hlubi 
Sinalo Jafta 
Masabata Klaas 
Suné Luus
*Eliz-Mari Marx 
Nonkululeko Mlaba 
Tumi Sekhukhune 
Nondumiso Shangase 
Delmi Tucker 

South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24

T20 International Series – ICC Women’s Championship:

Sun 3 Dec: 1st T20I – South Africa lost to Bangladesh by 13 runs
Wed 6 Dec (18h00): 2nd T20I – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Kimberley Oval, Kimberley)
Fri 8 December (18h00): 3rd T20I – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Kimberley Oval, Kimberley)

50-over Warm-Up Match:

Tue 12 Dec (10h00) – SA Emerging vs Bangladesh XI (Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein)

One-Day International Series – ICC Women’s Championship:

Sat 16 Dec (14h00): 1st ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Buffalo Park, East London)
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)

* All times CAT

Photo Caption: Tazmin Brits has been appointed stand-in Proteas Women’s captain in the absence of Laura Wolvaardt, ahead of the first T20 against Bangladesh Women at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, on Sunday. Photo: Proteas Women on X

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