The Mometum Proteas Women overcame the pressures of a final over to win the third T20 International against Bangladesh Women by three runs at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday. Bangladesh needed 12 runs with seven wickets in hand, but fell short due to a composed and effective final over from Marizanne Kapp.
The Proteas take the series 3-0, along with some important lessons at the beginning of an important season for the national team.
“If we knew that the result would be 3-0 at the start of the series we would have taken it,” coach Hilton Moreeng said. “We are building as a team and it was important for us to start this home series well, especially by playing good cricket and learning from every game that we play.”
The Proteas posted 109 for four in their 20 overs, a total buoyed by a half-century from player of the match and captain, Mignon du Preez. Du Preez (52) and Kapp (24 not out) shared an important 55-run stand for the third wicket, after the early wickets of openers Trisha Chetty (0) and Lizelle Lee (11). Bangladesh put in their most consistent performance with the ball to date, and had South Africa under pressure in the opening overs.
“I must give credit to Bangladesh,” he continued. “They put us under pressure very early; the first two overs were maidens and we were a wicket down. The partnership between Kapp and the captain put us back where we wanted to be and we had to settle for 109, which required us to go out there and bowl well.”
Bangladesh were well set to reach the target at 79 without loss in the 14th over, but two run-outs and a stumping in the space of three overs brought the home team back into contention. Moreeng is proud of the way his players withstood the pressure, and says it has given him an understanding of the character and temperament at his disposal in his squad.
The teams move on to a three-match ODI series starting at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday.