South Africa Vs Bangladesh Match prediction : SA look to put behind them the debacle against England when they take on Bangladesh on Sunday
Who Win Today’s Match Between SA vs BAN ?
The South African contingent are set to become the first country to take to the field for the second time this ODI Cricket World Cup when the country square off against Bangladesh on Sunday. Back at the Kennington Oval, London in the space of 4 days, the side who were dealt a massive blow by England in their tournament opener look to get their campaign back on track.
Skittled out for a meagre 207 runs against England, the tournament couldn’t have begun on a worse note for South Africa. The 104 run defeat has massively dwindled their credentials, something they’ll need to massively get right come Bangladesh.
In a match filled with agonising performances, something that emerged as a positive was Faf du Plessis’ captaincy. He was proactive with his decision making, using Tahir and the pacers judiciously as continuously kept chopping and changing. Andile Phehlukwayo was steady as ever alongside Quinton de Kock and SA will be needing their mainstays to come good on Sunday yet again.
For Bangladesh, their series couldn’t have come up against a tougher team. The problems in their pace department and middle-order were exposed severely after the side threw away the match, squandering crucial junctures. They failed to capitalise after picking up India’s top 3 early on and a calamitous middle-order collapse left them facing the brunt of a huge defeat.
South Africa vs Bangladesh Head to Head
The two countries have played each other 20 times till date with South Africa winning on 17 occasions while Bangladesh have managed to register a win just 3 times. The most recent series against the two came back in 2017-18 when South Africa had wiped the floor with Bangladesh, walking all over them as they won the final two matches by 104 and 200 runs each. Away from home, the two sides have played 2 matches with each side coming out with the one win.
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Its 2-1 at the World Cup though with South Africa holding the edge with the 2 wins while Bangladesh have won the one match as well in their country.
Quinton de Kock Vs Mustafizur Rahman
We are going to begin the key battles section with the two of the most important players for their side. In Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s opener holds a vital spot in their outfit given the tremendous form he’s shown recently.
Coming up with runs time and time again, Quinton has showed fortitude in the opening overs, cautiously treading past the new ball before eventually opening his arms to find the boundary. Come Mustafizur Rahman though and Quinton knows he’s not going to have the same kind of comfort though. Despite having scored 331 runs in 6 innings at a stupendous average of 66.20, Rahman is someone who has picked him up twice in 3 innings.
The early bouncers target at his helmet are going to keep Quinton on his toes and with the way this surface played in the opening match, the shorter stuff will get on wickets. If Rahman can get the ball to grow up suddenly on Quinton, an outside edge or false shot can be induced.
Tamim Iqbal Vs Kagiso Rabada
With Tamim Iqbal failing to find his form for quite some time now, this battle could prove to be an extremely crucial one. With Kagiso Rabada raring to come in against Iqbal in the early part of the innings with the new ball, this is one wicket he knows he can send packing early on. If Iqbal falters again, not only will SA have an early breakthrough but also give Rabada the momentum he’ll love to build on.
The give problem Iqbal has in facing off against the pacey, inswinging delivery with him prone to leave a big gap between is bat and pad. He’s been previously bowled by Rabada twice in the four innings he’s played against him and with the way he’s thrown his wicket away recently, Rabada will be tantalised by the proposition of bowling at him.
South Africa vs Bangladesh Match Prediction
This is the second match which South Africa will be playing at this venue and having already have gotten a chance to get acclimatised with the conditions will be a huge advantage for them. Although their previous outing at the venue was not so fruitful, they’ll be looking to turn things around against Bangladesh before they eventually move on to play the mighty Indians.
Elsewhere, Bangladesh come into this match having defeated West Indies in the recently concluded series in Ireland. If their top-order can come good against a South African pace attack that relies too heavily on Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn, this match is going to an absolute thriller.
At the end of the day though, South Africa’s acumen and strength should prove just the bit too much for Bangladesh to handle. Under cloudy conditions, facing the pacey and swimming Rabada is not to be a treacherous ask for them and in Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, the batting should come good for SA as well. We see SA finally getting their first win of the CWC on the day.
South Africa vs Bangladesh Match Details
ICC ODI Cricket World Cup, Day 4
Match: South Africa Vs Bangladesh, Match 5
Date And Time: 2nd June, Sunday- 3:00pm IST, 10:30am UK time
Venue: The Kennington Oval, London
Television: Star Sports 1, Select HD1, Hindi/HD