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Match Preview: 1st T20I – South Africa v Bangladesh



Last Updated on 7 years by Charbel Coorey

This is how the South Africa v Bangladesh storyline has gone so far:

Before the tour began, there was great hope:

1. Can Bangladesh prove to the world they can compete in Tests away from home?

After that went poorly:

2. Can Bangladesh find respite in the ODIs?

Never mind. Then:

3. What about the T20Is?

Could you ever remember a TOUR so one-sided? It’s been thoroughly disappointing, especially as an ardent Bangladesh fan.

In the ongoing Pakistan v Sri Lanka series, Pakistan thoroughly outplayed Sri Lanka in the ODIs 5-0, but that was after Sri Lanka swept the Test series. Australia were punished in the ODIs in India 4-1, but at least won a game, and drew the T20 series.

Can’t say the same about Bangladesh’s very disappointing tour of South Africa. South Africa, though, have been very good, and more importantly, ruthless. They have just been too strong.

The attention now turns to the T20I series, where Bangladesh will be hoping for some sort of respite, after being thrashed in all matches so far, across the Tests and ODIs. South Africa will be looking to show no mercy again.

Shakib Al Hasan now leads Bangladesh, and is coming off a solid 63 in the 3rd ODI. South Africa are resting a few key players, and that might give Bangladesh hope. However, while an opportunity presents itself for Bangladesh, South Africa’s fringe players, as they showed in the 3rd ODI, will be hungry to impress.

Key to a South Africa win:

What more can I say than “keep doing what you’re doing?”
South Africa’s batsmen have just been far too strong for Bangladesh, whose bowling is looking more and more timid under Courtney Walsh.
South Africa’s predicted top 3 – Quinton De Kock, Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers were all in the runs in the ODIs, and the key to another victory for South Africa would be these three players taking it to Bangladesh.

Key to a Bangladesh win:

Shakib Al Hasan.
Without Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh’s top order looks frail. Without Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh lacks even more bowling confidence and experience. Shakib is arguably the world’s best allrounder, and has to show it here.
The skipper needs to bat at 3, and play a big innings if Bangladesh are to be any chance. With the ball, he not only needs to be economical, but take wickets, too.
If Shakib has a quiet game, I just can’t see Bangladesh winning.

Predicted line ups:

For South Africa, Faf du Plessis has been ruled out for six weeks with injury, and David Miller is in doubt. Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir have been rested, so that might be some respite for Bangladesh. However, South Africa’s fringe players will be itching to get going.
Predicted South Africa lineup: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 JP Duminy (c), 5 David Miller, 6 Mangaliso Mosehle, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Robbie Frylinck, 9 Dane Paterson, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
For Bangladesh, they are without Tamim Iqbal, Mossadek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman. Who will step up? 
Predicted Bangladesh lineup: 1 Soumya Sarkar, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shakib Al Hasan (c), 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

Stats & Facts:

  • South Africa’s batsmen have hammered 2,320 runs at an average of 100.87 across the Tests & ODIs.

  • Bangladesh are coming off conceding 1000+ runs in a three match ODI series for the first time in their history.
  • South Africa & Bangladesh have played each other in four T20Is, with South Africa winning all four.
  • Both sides will be looking for a bit of a form-reversal. South Africa have lost 3 of their last 5 T20Is, and Bangladesh have lost 4 of their last 5.
  • AB De Villiers has a lower strike rate against Bangladesh (113.58) than he has against India (131.64), England (160.49), New Zealand (119.46), Pakistan (122.03) and Sri Lanka (144.82)

The shorter format always means the underdog has a greater chance of winning. For Bangladesh to compete, everyone must contribute, but Shakib has to be the player to get them over the line.
Still a very tough ask though, with South Africa just looking too strong, especially for Bangladesh’s bowling. South Africa to go 1-0 up.

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Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
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