Allrounder Marizanne Kapp's hat-trick spearheaded South Africa women's second nine-wicket win in as many matches to secure the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh women in Potchesfroom.
Bangladesh composed a slow start after winning the toss, requiring 12 overs to cross 50 but made sure they had nine wickets still in hand. Taking advantage of their foundation proved difficult though with Ayasha Rahman the top-scorer with 34, holing out at long off in the next over. Lata Mondal held firm at the other end, but Kapp returned for her final spell in the 19th over, which ended up as a triple-wicket maiden.
No. 5 Rumana Ahmed top-edged to the keeper and both Ritu Moni and Fahima Khatun were bowled. All three fell without scoring and Bangladesh managed 84 for 6 in 20 overs
The chase proved straightforward with the openers Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty recording 71 runs in nine overs. Rumana got rid of Lee for 37, but by then the result was all but decided.
"I enjoyed my bowling today," said Kapp, "I stuck to my plans and that really paid off for me. I wasn't really thinking about the hat-trick, my game plan was to bowl line and length and fortunately that plan came off.
"Winning the series is a great way for us to start the season," she added. "We haven't played a lot of cricket together in the off-season so it was important for us to start this series off positively. Hopefully we can make it 3-0 tomorrow and move that momentum into the ODI series starting next week."