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Fargana hits ton but SA level series

Published : 21 Dec 2023 10:01 PM

South Africa drew level in the ODI series against Bangladesh, with three half-centuries from the hosts' top four batters trumping a century from Fargana and helping them ease their way through a chase of 223 in Potchefstroom. The victory was achieved with 29 deliveries and eight wickets standing, after the visitors had thumped South Africa by 119 runs in the first ODI.

Player of the Match Anneke Bosch hit an unbeaten 65 from No. 3, her innings coming at just better than a run a ball and featuring seven fours. She added an undefeated 117 for the third wicket with Sune Luus who remained 47 not out of 57 deliveries. That partnership came off just 20 overs, and the last 51 runs required off only 31 balls, with Bosch bringing up her fifty in the 43rd over.

Bosch and Luus got together when Bangladesh had struck twice in successive balls after an opening partnership of 106 between captain laura Wolvaard and Tazmim Brits. 

Ritu Moni sent back Brits for 50 to end the 25th over, and Fahima Khatun dismissed Wolvaard for 54 to start the 26th. However, Bosch and Luus ensured that victory was accomplished without further hiccups.

Earlier in the day, Hoque hit a patient 102 - her second ODI century - facing 167 deliveries to push Bangladesh to 222. Her innings included 11 fours. She added 93 for the fourth wicket with Fahima, who brought momentum to the back end of the innings with an unbeaten 46 off 48 balls.

Bangladesh scored 26 off the last three overs of their innings, with Fargana reaching her hundred in the penultimate over before being run out with four balls left. The third and final ODI will be played in Benoni on Saturday.