Khatun leads Bangladesh to win
An all-round performance by the captain Salma Khatun helped Bangladesh win a rain-shortened Twenty20 against South Africa by seven wickets in Mirpur
Bangladesh Women 75 for 3 (Salma Khatun 27*, Benade 1-5) beat South Africa Women 105 for 6 (Benade 37, Khatun 2-21) by seven wickets
An all-round performance by the captain Salma Khatun helped Bangladesh Women win a rain shortened Twenty20 international against South Africa Women by seven wickets in Mirpur. Chasing 106, opener Lata Mondal, the highest run-getter in the ODI series, departed with two runs on the board. However, Bangladesh recovered through a brief stand between Rumana Ahmed and Farzana Haque before rain interrupted the game in the fifth over. Set a revised target of 73 in 13 overs on resumption, Bangladesh stuttered briefly with two run-outs off successive deliveries in the eighth over, but Khatun and Shukhtara Rahman put on 42 runs to guide their side home in the 13th over. Seamer Susan Benade was economical: she gave away five runs in her three overs and took a wicket.
South Africa's innings was built on a stand of 44 for the second wicket between Benade and Shandre Fritz, but they lost wickets regularly before and after that partnership. At 69 for 4 in the 17th over, captain Mignon du Preez, Sunette Loubser and Marizanne Kapp accelerated to push them past 100. Khatun took two wickets in her four overs and South Africa were limited to 105 for 6.
Bangladesh lead the three-match series 1-0. The second Twenty20 will be played on September 12 at the same venue.