The South Africans won the toss and sent their visitors in to bat in almost perfect weather conditions.
The Proteas juggernaut rolled on without much resistance at the Diamond Oval yesterday when South Africa knocked over a shell-shocked Bangladesh in a nine-wicket rout.
The hosts clinched the match after bowling Bangladesh out for a meagre 71 runs in 36.5 overs, after the South Africans won the toss and sent their visitors in to bat in almost perfect weather conditions.
The main contribution with the bat for the visitors came from Nigar Sultana, who braved the Proteas’ merciless bowling onslaught, scoring a patient and well deserved 33 not out.
The Proteas bowling department was led once again by Ayabonga Khaka who followed up her 3/13 in the second ODI with another excellent 3/16 yesterday. Veteran Marizanne Kapp, back in the side with Laura Wolvaardt putting her feet up yesterday, showed that she has lost none of her sting, taking 2/14 in seven overs in a fiery spell.
Masabata Klaas (1/7), Zintle Mali (1/6), spinner Raisibe Ntozakhe (1/10) and Chloe Tryon (1/12) all chipped in, with only skipper Dane van Niekerk (0/6) not getting amongst the wickets.
Mali impressed her ODI debut with her stingy spin, conceding at a rate of only 1.2 runs per over. Mali, who gave speedster Shabnim Ismail a break in this match grabbed her opportunity with both hands.
In their reply the hosts knocked off the required 72 runs in just 14.2 overs. Only opener Andrie Steyn (12) was back in the hut, while fellow-opener Lizelle Lee smashed her way to 44 not out (63 balls, 5x4s, 1×6) and wicketkeeper/batsman Trish Chetty (15 not out) steered the hosts home.
The only Bangladeshi bowler to achieve any success was Nahida Akter (1/19) who claimed Steyn’s wicket.
With the series sewn up there seems to be no indication that the hosts will take their foot off the gas, and Bangladesh will have to dig deep to salvage some pride as they prepare to face the rampant Proteas at the same venue tomorrow, with the match start scheduled for 9.45am.