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Proteas pick up win in first T20

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The Proteas could not really kick on and, with the regular fall of wickets, ended their innings on what they would consider a sub-par 127/6

SCORCHING: When SAs Shabnim Ismail is fired up, it seems that the Proteas can defend any total. Picture: BackpagePix

South Africa’s winning streak continued after the successful ODI series when they won the toss and elected to bat first in the first of three T20 Internationals against Bangladesh at the Diamond Oval yesterday, with vice-captain Chloe Tryon assuming the captain’s role while Dané van Niekerk is rested.

Despite the two opening batsmen, Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt getting off to a flying start the Proteas could not really kick on and, with the regular fall of wickets, ended their innings on what they would consider a sub-par 127/6.

Bangladesh were guilty of some poor ground fielding, which added to their woes giving the hosts the opportunity to score freely at times. The first wicket for SA fell with the total on 77 in the 10th over and the visitors kept applying pressure thereafter. The pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers was Khadija Tul-Kubra with her 3/23.

The visitors may have thought that the total was reachable, but they didn’t reckon on SA quickie Shabnim Ishmail working up a head of steam, ending her spell with figures of 3/19 as Bangladesh were shot out for a fighting 110/5, 17 runs shy of the hosts’ total.

Stacey Lackay, the 23-year-old right-arm off-break bowler, who made her Proteas debut yesterday didn’t get to turn her arm over in the match after being dismissed cheaply, but there’s no doubt that after her first match jitters, the South African public will be hearing more from the player who impressed selectors during the CSA National Women’s Week in April.