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Khaka, Ntozakhe blitz sets up SA women Proteas 2-0 series lead

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South Africa lead the five-match series 2-0 as it moves venues to the Diamond Oval Kimberley for the next two matches

SPEED QUEEN: Ayabonga Khaka tore the heart out of the Bangladesh top order with a fiery opening spell. Picture: BackpagePix

A sensational performance by the bowlers, led by Ayabonga Khaka and Raisibe Ntozakhe set up the South African Women’s cricket team’s nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second Cricket SA (CSA) Women’s ODI at Senwes Park yesterday.

South Africa lead the five-match series 2-0 as it moves venues to the Diamond Oval Kimberley for the next two matches.

The pair took six wickets between them as South Africa skittled the tourists out for 89 runs in 39.5 overs after captain, Rumana Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first.

Khaka accounted for top three batters Sanjida Islam (5), Murshida Khatun (1) and Fargana Hoque (0), reducing the visitors to 10/3 inside the first six overs of the match. She ended her six-over spell with exceptional figures of 3/13, claiming her 50th ODI wicket in the process.

Impressive

Ntozakhe was equally impressive, picking up 3/16 in her 10 overs. Her offbreaks returning Nigar Sultana, Salma Khatun and Jannatul Ferdus to the hut for 17, five and zero respectively.

Chloe Tryon (1/5), captain Dane van Niekerk (1/10) and Masabata Klaas (1/16) kept the pressure mounting, chipping in with one wicket each before Nahida Akter was run out by the latter to end a lacklustre effort from the visitors.

South Africa made quick work of the chase and, although they lost Lizelle Lee for 32 in the 12th over, cruised to victory with 33 overs to spare thanks to Laura Wolvaardt (37 not out) who steered the remainder of their innings well with Trisha Chetty (13 not out).

Bangladesh will look to save the series when the teams meet for the third ODI at the Diamond Oval this Wednesday.

Kimberley’s cricket supporters will not be disappointed with what’s on offer at the Diamond Oval with a crackerjack game expected on a track that usually produces thrilling contests.

The visitors will be eager to steady their ship, while the hosts will definitely be going for the jugular in an effort to secure the series early.

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