On a sunny Sunday at Willowmore Park in Benoni, the Proteas Women's cricket team experienced a jolt as they lost the first match of their three-match T20 series against Bangladesh by 13 runs. Despite several of their key players missing, the Proteas Women valiantly pursued a target of 150 runs, but fell short, concluding their innings at 136/8.
Impressive Performance by Young Talent
Shorna Akter, a young prodigy from the Bangladesh team, delivered a career-best bowling performance with figures of 5/28. Her exceptional bowling played a pivotal role in restricting the Proteas Women's run chase. On the other hand, the South African team's Anneke Bosch stood out with a commendable 67 runs off 49 balls, including 9 fours and a six. However, her valiant efforts failed to secure a victory for her team.
A Setback and a Stage for Comeback
The Bangladesh team had elected to bat first, setting a challenging target for the Proteas Women. Murshida Khatun from the Bangladesh team made a notable contribution, scoring an unbeaten 62 runs off 59 balls. The loss has now set the stage for the Proteas Women to make a strategic comeback in the subsequent matches of the series.
The two teams are all set to face each other again in the second T20I on December 6 in Kimberley. This series is seen as an opportunity for young talent to gain experience and show their mettle. With the Women's T20 World Cup 2024 around the corner, which is to be hosted by Bangladesh, this series could be a crucial preparatory ground for both teams.