Bangladesh women’s cricket team, which just became the T-20 Asia Cup champions, lost their last group match to South Africa for 30 runs in Women’s World T20I on Monday at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium at Gros Islet, St. Lucia.
Excellent bowling and terrible batting have been the defining characteristics of the Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team at the T-20 World Cup, which they exited after losing all of their matches.
South Africa set Bangladesh a manageable total of 109 runs at Saint Lucia on Monday, but the batting failed spectacularly, only scoring 79 after playing the full 20 overs and losing just 5 wickets.
Unfortunately, the total was the highest Bangladesh managed in its four matches in the tournament. They scored 46 against Pakistan, 76 against England and 72 against Sri Lanka in their previous World Cup encounters.
Salma Khatun produced a superb bowling display to restrict South Africa to a small total of 109 for 9 from their stipulated 20 overs.
Marizanne Kappan top scored with 25 runs while opener Lizelle Lee followed her with 21 for South Africa.
Chloe Tryon (18) and Dane van Niekerk (17) were the other notable scorers for the Protease.
Apart from Salma Khatun’s three wickets for 20 runs, Khadiza-Tul Kubra finished with two for 18 runs.
Salma Khatun bagged 3 wickets in the match and reached 50 wickets in T-20s. Rumana Ahmed reached 52 wickets after bagging one.
Despite changing the batting order, Bangladesh failed to pick up any momentum in the innings. Sharmin Akter, in her tournament debut, scored only 8 off 22 balls. Her opening partner Ayesha Rahman scored 3 runs off 9.
The team scored only 13 runs during the six powerplay overs. Those who followed the openers failed to play good shots or even take singles. Farzana Haque needed 36 balls to score 19.
Only Rumana had some success with the bat, scoring 34 off 40 balls while at the crease. Unfortunately, she received no support for the opposite end.
Moseline Daniels, Tumi Sekhukhune, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus and Dane van Niekerk all took one wicket giving away 6, 12, 13, 15 and 17 runs respectively.
“Had it been men’s cricket, they would have been vilified if they were 30 runs away from the target after playing the entire innings and losing only 5 wickets; women should be treated the same way,” Naser Hussain in the commentary box said, not without justification.
South Africa 109/ 9 in 20 overs
Bangladesh 79/5 in 20 overs
South Africa won by 30 runs
Player of the match: Marizanne Kapp