Mignon du Preez scored her maiden One-Day International
century to propel the Momentum Proteas Women to a 96-run victory over the Bangladesh
Women at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. This win
gives the Proteas Women a 2-0 lead, and another series win over their
The Proteas were sent into bat in overcast conditions but
quickly adapted to the lively Wanderers conditions. Trisha Chetty (16) lost her
wicket early. However, Du Preez and Lizelle Lee (71) put together a 106-run
second wicket partnership to gain some momentum.
Du Preez surged along to her century in the last over of the
innings, and also passed 1 000 ODI career runs during her knock off 105 balls.
Dane van Niekerk played an important supporting role in the latter part of the
innings, and was unbeaten on 34. Du Preez and Van Niekerk put together 92
for the fifth-wicket, which ensured the Proteas Women finished on a competitive
total of 237.
In response, Bangladesh Women’s openers started positively
with an opening 50-run stand. Newcomer Elriesa Theunissen made the breakthrough
when she dismissed Ayasha Rahman for 26. This wicket was followed by the two
quick wickets of opener Fargana Hoque (27) and Rumana Ahmed (7) and the
start of the downward spiral. The rest of the order had no answer to the
bowlers, with leg-spinners Dane van Niekerk (3/27) and Sunette Loubser (3/15)
accounting for the bulk of the wickets.
The series moves to SuperSport Park on Tuesday for the third
and final ODI. Spectators are invited to bring their families for a “braai” to
celebrate Heritage Day in support of the Proteas Women.