In the first ODI, Murshida Khatun could not even get close. Murshida forgot the pain of being unbeaten on 91 runs in Bangladesh’s first ODI win in South Africa.
Yesterday, Farzana did not have to burn with the regret of missing the century. Farzana Haque became the first Bangladeshi woman cricketer to score a century against India last July. Farzana got her second century in Potchefstroom yesterday. Farzana’s century became a unique record for the country at home and away.
But disappointingly for the opener, the joy of his second century did not turn into the joy of victory. As Soumya Sarkar had to lose despite scoring 169 runs in Nelson yesterday, Farzana also had to taste the defeat in the night. Despite Farzana’s innings of 102 runs against South Africa yesterday, Bangladesh lost by 8 wickets.
In the first match, the captain of Bangladesh accepted the decision to bat after losing the toss. South Africa won the toss and fielded yesterday. On this day too, the opening pair scored 48 runs. But the second wicket pair did not grow. 58 runs came from the third wicket pair. But in that 88-ball partnership, captain Jyoti scored only 13 runs off 33 balls.
Farzana, who scored a 90-ball fifty, then tried to increase the run rate. Farzana got out in the last over of the innings with a partnership of 93 runs with Fahima Khatun who scored 46 runs off 48 balls. Farzana, who scored a century off 165 balls, hit 11 fours in an innings of 167 balls. Bangladesh stopped at 22 runs for 4 wickets.
South Africa’s two openers Laura Volvert and Tazmin Britts scored 106 runs in the chase. Brits and Volvert, who scored 50 and 54, were dismissed in two consecutive balls in the middle of the innings. But the third wicket pair of Anneke Bach and Sun Loos did not give Bangladesh any chance. Bach was unbeaten on 65 off 63 balls. He lost 47 runs in just 1 four off 57 balls. This pair of 117 runs off 120 balls gave the hosts victory 29 balls earlier.