Sport Correspondent: Touring South Africa National Women Team have set a 252-run target for Bangladesh National Women Cricket Team in the first of a five-match One Day International series in Cox's Bazar Thursday.
The visitors scored 251 runs for 3 wickets after Bangladesh won toss and chose to bowl first at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium.
Protea openers Lizelle Lee and Andrie Steyn started batting well in the morning and made a 122-run partnership in the first wicket. Lee was caught by Panna Gosh off Nahida Akter in the 23rd over. She scored 87 runs off 71 balls hitting 6 fours and 7 sixes.
Steyn and Mignon du Preez added 79 runs in the second wicket partnership. Steyn scored 68 off 123 hitting only 2 fours.
Mignon and Marizanne Kapp then made another 37-run unbeaten partnership in the fourth wicket just off 25 balls.
Mignon was not out for 62 who faced 87 balls and hit 5 fours while Kapp added 20 off 13.
Bangladesh's Salma Khatun claimed 2 wickets for 30 in 4 overs while Nahida Akter got the other.
Country's leading brand Walton is sponsoring the series which has officially been named as 'Walton Bangladesh-South Africa Women's ODI Cricket Series 2017'.
The rest of the matches will be held at the same venue on 14, 16, 18 and 20th January.
risingbd/DHAKA/12 Jan 2017/Augustin Sujan