Bangladesh women's cricket team started their three-match T20I series against host South Africa (SA) with a 17-run loss in the 1st match at Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Thursday. After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Africa women rode on a 77-run opening stand between Lizelle Lee (41) and Laura Wolvaardt (30) to post a fighting total.
The wicket marked the start of a wonderful little period for Bangladesh, as they clawed their way back into the game through the spin duo of Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana.
Four balls after Wolvaardt's departure, Khadija bowled Lee for a 38-ball 46 (six fours and one six).
The second T20I will take place at Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Bangladesh slipped to 14 for 2 in the fifth over, and from there on, South Africa didn't look back. Ahmed and Fargana Hoque put together 72 off just 68 balls for the third wicket to keep Bangladesh in the hunt, before Ismail returned to rattle the middle order.
Shabnim Ismail got three-for economic 19 runs in four overs while Raisibe Ntozakhe (1/10) and Masabata Klaas (1/21) equally shared two wickets for the winners.
Ismail would scupper victory hopes for Bangladesh though when she dismissed both Ahmed and Nigar Sultana (0) in the sixteenth over of the chase, they were 86 for 4 needing 42 runs to win off 24 balls.
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