The South African women’s Proteas team started their World Cup campaign on Saturday when they gave Bangladesh a narrow lead in their opening game in Dunedin.
After a match that could have just as easily been won by Bangladesh, who at one point looked on course to shock Sune Luus’ team, South Africa won by 32 runs.
South Africa, who missed regular captain Dane van Niekerk through injury, struggled to book a big score and had to settle for 207.
Marizanne Kapp with 42, Laura Wolvaardt with 41 and Chloe Tryon with 39 contributed the most to the total of the Proteas. They were all out with a ball left in the 50 overs-a-side game.
Bangladesh would have imagined their chances at one point but Ayabonga Khaka comes in and the match turns on its head.
The seasoned bowler took four for 32 in 10 overs to shake Bangladesh; and they were eventually kicked out for 175.
The Proteas will face Pakistan next Friday.