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Women’s Proteas have ‘two big games and lot to play for’ against Bangladesh

Amir Chetty Sports reporter
Anneke Bosch bats for the Proteas in the first Women's T20 International against Bangladesh at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Sunday.
Anneke Bosch bats for the Proteas in the first Women's T20 International against Bangladesh at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Sunday.
Image: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Ensuring they are better prepared for their next battle against Bangladesh will be an integral part of the Momentum Proteas’ build-up for the second T20 International after their defeat in the opening match on Sunday, all-rounder Anneke Bosch said.

The hosts were left licking their wounds after an agonising 13-run defeat in their clash at Willowmoore Park in Benoni and will look to set the record straight when they meet again in Kimberley on Wednesday.

The women from Bangladesh, who won the toss and elected to bat first, posted a competitive 149 runs for the loss of two wickets thanks largely to unbeaten innings by Murshida Khatun (62 off 59) and Nigar Sultana (32 off 21).

In pursuit of the 150-run winning target, the Proteas got off to a solid start, as openers Bosch and stand-in skipper Tazmin Brits (30) put on 69 for the first wicket.

Bosch would go onto score a brisk 67 off 49 deliveries with the home side on 123/3 in the 16th over with 27 runs needed. The fall of Bosch in the 18th over had a domino effect on their batting line-up.

South Africa lost their next five wickets for the addition of just 13 runs to finish their 20 overs on 136/8 as Bangladesh's teenage leg-spin sensation Shorna Akter claimed a maiden international five-wicket haul.

“We knew it was a high-scoring ground so we would have to back ourselves to chase down the score that Bangladesh set, but unfortunately we didn’t apply ourselves as well as Bangladesh did,” Bosch said.

“[Going out] made it a bit more difficult for the new batters coming in to chase 27 off 15 — it is always easier for someone who has been there for a while to chase that total down.

“I am disappointed in myself that I couldn’t finish it because I was hoping to be there at the end.

“When I went out, there were two new batters at the crease and it was difficult for them to chase that from the get-go.”

Bosch said the next two matches would be crucial as the Proteas looked to get themselves back in contention for a series victory.

“The last two games will be very important for us.

“Perhaps we need to revisit some of the plans we have in terms of bowling and field settings, and with the bat; to apply ourselves better and be able to chase down a score like that. So it will be two big games [now] and a lot to play for.”