Bangladesh vs South Africa: Two world cups ago, a game against Bangladesh seemed like an easy pushover. However, slowly and steadily, the team has garnered enough respect with their skills, that even the best teams refuse to take Bangladesh team lightly. Bangladesh come into this tournament with abundant confidence having won the recent tri-series in Ireland. Bangladesh crushed the competition conveniently to win the Walton ODI Tri Series Cup. The team will look at continuing that form and surprising the critics and naysayers, who have shown zero to no confidence in the side. Bangladesh go against South Africa in the fifth match of the tournament.
South Africa, who opened the World Cup Tournament with a match against England, faced harsh defeat, triggering the critics to question their possibilities of winning the cup. South Africa will want to put this defeat behind them and focus on winning their first game of the season. The game against Bangladesh could be their best opportunity to open their winning tally in the tournament.
Bangladesh may be relieved to discover the news of Dale Steyn’s absence from the match owing to shoulder injury. However, it is not just the South African that is struggling with injuries, Bangladesh team is struggling to get their players fit ahead of their opening game. Tamim Iqbal was hit on the wrist in the nets and may mostly miss this game.
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The game between Bangladesh and South Africa will be played at the Kennington Oval. In the first game played on the ground, against the popular opinion, the pitch wasn’t as flat. Yet, the England team managed to score 311 runs and defend it. If the pitch sees no major change, then a score of 300-320 should be easy to defend. The average first innings score, in the last 7 matches at Kennington Oval was recorded to be 234. Out of the game games, the team batting first won 4 times, while losing the remaining 3.
Fans can rejoice as weather reports confirm very little chance of rains tomorrow. There is a 7% chance of rain in the afternoon, however, it may not majorly affect the game; the match, in all likeliness, will proceed without any interruptions. However, the skies will be covered in thick clouds. Temperature is expected to hover around the 20-degree Celsius mark. Percentage of humidity could reach the 70s mark during the
Bangladesh have faced South Africa on 20 occasions, out of which they managed to claim merely 3 victories. South Africa handsomely won the remainder of the 17 games, with no troubles. Although the stats are in complete favour of the South African team, Bangladesh have grown into a more mature side, and it may not be surprising if their tally starts adding numbers.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIs
The big news coming from South Africa’s dressing room is that Hashim Amla is fit to play in the game against Bangladesh. Amla walked off the field after being struck on the helmet by a bouncer from Jofra Archer. He would open the innings with Quinton de Kock, who is in a terrific form. Markram may bat at number 3 position with Faf du Plessis following him.
However, there is a slim possibility of Markram trading places with David Miller, who could do some hard slogging in the death overs. Chris Morris may be brought into the side at the cost of Dwaine Pretorius, who wasn’t able to put up a good show in the opening game. A big setback to the team, however, is the absence of Dale Steyn, owing to his shoulder injury.
Possible XI: Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Andil Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
The magical trio: Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan will the game changers for Bangladesh. They are the most consistent players on the side, and if they are Bangladesh’s only hope to keep the world cup dream alive. Adding to their confidence is their track record in England, where all three have performed exceedingly well.
Support from Soumya Sarkar and Mustafizur Rahman will be needed if they want to register good scores on England’s flat pitches. The team couldn’t ask for a better captain other than Mashrafe Mortaza. He did the impossible of taking his side to the semis in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Rubel Hossain may make an entry into the playing eleven, costing Mohammad Saifuddin his spot in the team.
Possible XI: Tamim, Sarkar, Shakib, Rahim(WK), Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir/Mosaddek, Mortaza(C), Mehidy, Saifuddin/Rubel and Mustafizur
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
South Africa: Quinton de Kock
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan
Our Prediction: South Africa will win the game and register their first win.
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The 5th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between South Africa and Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval in London.
The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (09:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).
The game will be live on Star Sports.
Live streaming available on Hotstar.
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