Shabnim Ismail celebrates after dismissing Salma Khatun
Womens World Cup

Ismail, Luus topple Bangladesh

Match Report

South Africa's duo share six wickets between them to knock over side for 100, before batters wrap up six-wicket win

Shabnim Ismail is petite, but lacks neither the pace nor aggression that makes for a good fast bowler. On Saturday (February 11), Bangladesh got a taste of just how incisive she can be, as she set off a sharp bowling and fielding effort for South Africa in dismantling the Bangladesh attack. 

Ismail picked up 3 for 14 while Sune Luus, the legspinner, had 3 for 17 as the Asian side was bowled out for 100 in 46.5 overs in their Group B ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 match at the P Sara Oval. Lizelle Lee (34) and Laura Wolvaardt (30) then made short work of the chase. South Africa overhauled the target in 25.2 overs to complete a six-wicket win.

Dane van Niekerk set the tone in the first over with a brilliant two-handed catch at slips. In Ismail’s third ball of the innings after Bangladesh chose to bat, the pacer had invited Sharmin Sultana to drive, but the batter only found van Niekerk to make her way back for a duck. 

The very next over, Sharmin Akhter was caught by point, attempting to slash Marizanne Kapp and Bangladesh was 1 for 2. 

That became 8 for 3 when Ismail, in her third over, sent another Bangladesh batter back without scoring, the pace doing Fargana Hoque in.  

Returning from an injury just in time, Dane van Niekerk will be leading her country for the first time in an ICC tournament
Returning from an injury just in time, Dane van Niekerk will be leading her country for the first time in an ICC tournament

Van Niekerk maintained the pressure, using her variations even as she targeted the leg stump to have Sanjida Islam bowled and Nigar Sultana trapped in front. There was little chance of coming back from there, with half the side back in the hut and only 37 on the board. 

Rumana Ahmed, the captain, and Salma Khatun, the former captain, guided their partnership past 50 and the score to some respectability. But with Khatun dragging Ismail onto her stumps and Rumana (39) losing the battle to Kapp’s arm, both set batters were gone. Luus had no trouble cleaning up the tail. 

Lee began the chase of 101 the only way she can, all fire and bluster, displaying a remarkable ability to score big on the back foot. She brought up the team fifty with a massive straight six in 9.3 overs, but fell attempting the same shot three balls later, caught brilliantly at the boundary by Hoque off Rumana. 

Mignon du Preez and Trisha Chetty didn’t flatter their runs tally for the tournament, but with the hard work done, Chloe Tryon and Kapp knocked off the runs. 

This was Bangladesh’s last match of the group stage, and with two wins, will hope to have done enough to seal its Super Six berth. 

South Africa, confirming its entry to the next round, face PNG in its last group stage match on Monday

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