Cricket

Proteas women target whitewash over Bangladesh

2018-05-10 12:31
Lizelle Lee (Supplied)

Cape Town - The Proteas women's interim coach Salieg Nackerdien urged his side to be ruthless and achieve a clean sweep over Bangladesh in the five-match One-Day International series.

On their way to an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match series against Bangladesh, the Proteas have twice bowled out the opposition for under 100.

On Wednesday, the Proteas completed a nine-wicket win in Kimberley after bowling the Tigers out for 71.

It has been a dominant performance all round and the Proteas are keener than ever not to be complacent, eyeing a series sweep.

"We want to win 5-0, that's our goal," said Nackerdien. "We wanted to dominate the series with bat and ball, and on the field. The execution of players was spot on."

Nackerdien was pleased that every game had various players stepping up and making handy contributions.

"We can't get complacent, we still need to work hard," he said.

Leading run scorer after three games is opener Lizelle Lee, who has 130 runs at 65.00 including a Player of the Match for her steady unbeaten 44 off 51 balls in the third ODI.

"There were a few games where we only needed to get like 12 runs and I threw away my wicket, so it was good to come off and (carry the team over the line)," she said.

"We really want to go 5-0 up," she added, pointing out that the team was coming together well.

"This is the first time in a while that everybody has contributed. Normally it was only the bowlers doing so well and the batters failing us. It’s good to see the batters do well."

Ayabonga Khaka, who followed up her 3/13 in the second game with 3/16 in the third, said the key in the third ODI at Kimberley was to bowl to their lines and get the basics right.

"When Kappie (Marizanne Kapp) bowled the first over, I knew it wasn't like the (first two surfaces). I wanted to bowl back of the length. At Potchefstroom I had bowled full."

The fourth ODI is on Friday, May 11 at Kimberley.

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