Bowlers doing their part but batters failing miserably -- this has been the scenario for Bangladesh throughout the ICC Women's World T20 tournament. It was the same old story again in Bangladesh's final outing of the tournament against South Africa as the Tigresses lost by 30 runs and ended the tournament without a single win under their belt at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium at Gros Islet, St Lucia, yesterday.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh sent South Africa in to bat and the Proteas got off to a flying start as opener Lizelle Lee struck a quick-fire 21 runs off 13 balls before being run out. The Tigresses however, bounced back with a disciplined spin attack in the middle overs after having conceded 48 runs in the Powerplay.
Skipper Salma Khatun bagged three wickets in her four-over spell while Khadija Tul Kubra struck twice as the Tigresses restricted South Africa to 109 for 9 in their 20 overs.
Coming in to bat, Bangladesh had the chance to ensure direct qualification to the next edition of the tournament, if they could finish off the chase in 13 overs. However, this seemed far-fetched as the Tigresses could only manage 13 runs for one wicket by the end of their Powerplay. Also the Tigresses had to wait till the eighth over to pick up their first boundary.
Bangladesh failed to stretch their score past 80 for the fourth time in the tournament, ending their innings with just 79 for five on the board.
“I think we did not bat well today but in every match we bowled really well. Hopefully, if we can improve the batting then we can get a good result” said a disappointed Salma during the post-match interview.
Despite the disappointing batting display, skipper Salma reached a personal milestone of 50 wickets in T20 internationals -- the sole take-away from this match.
SCORES IN BRIEF
SOUTH AFRICA: 109 for 9 in 20 overs (Lee 21, Van Niekerk 17, Kapp 25, Tryon 18; Salma 3-20, Khadija 2-18)
BANGLADESH: 79 for 5 in 20 overs (Fargana 19, Rumana 34 not out; Daniels1-6, Klaas 1-13, Sekhukhune 1-12)
Result: South Africa won by 30 runs.
Player-of-the-match: Marizanne Kapp.