Captain's innings from Mignon du Preez saves the day for South Africa
South Africa claimed their women's T20I series with Bangladesh after winning the third game by 16 runs on Friday in Mirpur.
The tourists managed to defend what appeared a meagre total of 85 with relative ease as Bangladesh found the going even tougher.
By the time skipper and star batsman Salma Khatun was dismissed for seven at the end of the 11thover the hosts had only managed 33 for the loss of three wickets.
Opening bowler Ismail conceded just four from her four overs while Dane van Niekerk maintained the pressure with 2-9.
Farzana Haque (23 off 31 balls) was the only Bangladeshi to score with relative comfort but when she was out with 30 still needed off four overs the game was up.
SA captain Mignon du Preez’s 48-ball 50 was out of character with the rest of the match as she hit seven of her team’s boundaries.
Marizanne Kapp (21 off 24 balls) was the only other SA batsman to score more than six as the visiting team collapsed from 79-4 at the end of the 16th over to be dismissed for 85 with one ball left unused.
Khadija Tul Kubra (3-14) and Shukhtara Rahman (3-4) were instrumental in SA losing their last six wickets for six runs.
The SA bowlers managed to turn the game around and end their tour of Bangladesh on a high as they now get ready for the ICC Women’s World T20, starting with a warm-up game against England on September 22.