Du Preez fifty sets up South Africa win
South Africa Women 85 (Du Preez 50, Rahman 3-4, Kubra 3-14) beat Bangladesh Women 69 for 7 by 16 runs
A half-century from Mignon du Preez followed by a tidy bowling performance helped South Africa Women take the third Twenty20 against Bangladesh Women in Mirpur, and with it, the series 2-1.
Bangladesh chose to bowl and enjoyed success straightaway, reducing South Africa 31 for 3 in the seventh over. But a fifty from captain du Preez, at over a run a ball, kept them afloat and almost single-handedly carried them to 85; South Africa were bowled out with a ball to spare, with Marizanne Kapp being the only other player to get into double digits. Shukhtara Rahman was the star for Bangladesh with the ball, picking up 3 for 4 in her three overs. Offspinner Khadija Tul Kubra also pitched in with three scalps.
South Africa's opening bowling pair of Kapp and Shabnim Ismail kept a tight rein on the chase from the start, bowling eight overs between them for 10 runs and two wickets. None of the Bangladesh batsmen could hang around long enough or get enough momentum, the top scorer being Farzana Haque with 23 off 31; the hosts finished on 69 for 7, falling 16 runs short.