Benade levels T20 series

2012-09-12 18:36

Dhaka - In a thrilling match that went down to the wire, the South Africa women pulled off a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday, levelling the series 1-1. It took every ball of the game to get the positive result for the visitors and an exceptional and unbeaten 53 off 48 balls by Susan Benade to win the side's first T20 match of this series.

Bangladesh were restricted to 105/6 after losing the toss and being asked to bat first by South Africa's Mignon du Preez. South Africa struck early, removing Rumana Ahmed for four at the end of the first over of the match. Farzana Haque (5) followed after the fifth over and two overs later, Lata Modal was bowled by Sunette Loubser for 10. It was Salma Khatun who saved the day, scoring 42 at a run a ball to help her side to their final total before she was caught and bowled by Marizanne Kapp.

South Africa started their innings by losing an early wicket with Shandré Fritz struggling to find form and being dismissed for a duck to the third ball of the innings. Trisha Chetty lost her wicket in the fifth over for nine before Alison Hodgkinson (37) and Benade added 73 vital runs to turn the match in their side’s favour.

Du Preez missed out on scoring runs when she was removed for a duck by Jahanara Alam, but Benade charged on with Kapp (3) and secured her side's victory.

The two sides will meet for the series decider on Friday, September 14th 2012.