South Africa opened their account with a 32-run win against Bangladesh in what was their first match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 on Saturday. South Africa batted first in that encounter and managed to score a 207-run total in the first innings. Wolvaardt set the tone with a crucial 41-run knock at the top of the order. Later, the likes of Kapp (42 off 45) and C Tryon (39 off 30) also made valuable contributions to take the team to a respectable total on the board.
As for the Bangladesh bowling attack, Fariha Trisna was the pick of the bowlers. She claimed three wickets for 35 runs in 10 overs. Speedster, Jahanara Alam also bowled pretty well for his figures of 2 for 28 in 9 overs.
In pursuit of that score, Bangladesh was folded for just 175 runs on the board. Shamima Sultana (27 off 50) and Sharmin Akhter (34 off 77) started cautiously as they put on a 69-run partnership for the opening wicket. However, once Sultana got out in the 20th over, wickets kept falling at regular intervals and the team lost the plot thereafter.
The likes of Fargana Hoque (8 off 16) and Murshida Khatun (0 off 2) failed to impress with the bat. Later, Rumana Ahmed (21 off 32) and Nigar Sultana (29 off 59) showed some resilience but neither of them could convert the start into a big score. South Africa bowled brilliantly as they kept chipping in with wickets and denied the opposition to stitch big partnerships.
Ayabonga Khaka starred with the ball as she picked 4 wickets for 32 runs in 10 overs. Masabata Klaas gave very few bad balls and returned with figures of 2 for 36 in 10 overs.