DU PREEZ SETS UP PROTEAS WOMEN SERIES WIN

Mignon du Preez’s 108-ball 79 and a disciplined bowling performance helped South Africa complete a series win after routing Bangladesh by 94 runs in the fourth ODI in Cox’s Bazar. After electing to bat, South Africa posted 251 for 7 and then bowled Bangladesh out for 157 off the last ball of the match.

South Africa were given a sprightly start by openers Lizelle Lee and Andrie Steyn. The pair put on 38 runs in 33 balls, before both batsmen fell in successive overs. Du Preez then combined with Chloe Tryon for a 74-run partnership off 96 balls to put South Africa’s innings back on track. Tryon contributed with 47 off 54 balls, including seven fours.

Strong contributions from South Africa’s middle and lower order helped them plunder 32 off the last three overs. Offspinner Khadija Tul Kabra returned figures of 3 for 48 in 10 overs, while Rumana Ahmed chipped in with two wickets.

Bangladesh’s chase didn’t begin well: they lost three wickets and scored 28 runs in the first 10 overs. The next 20 overs yielded just 35 runs without a boundary. Fargana Hoque struck her career-best ODI score, a 144-ball 67. It was her third ODI fifty. Ayabonga Khaka picked up three wickets. Moseline Daniels and Marcia Letsoalo claimed two wickets each.

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