Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan
Bruised South Africa take on Bangladesh Tigers
Our Prediction is South Africa to win the match!
South Africa did not have a good start to the 2019 World Cup losing their opening match against England by 107 runs. Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen scored 50+ runs but failed to chase down the target effectively. Hashim Amla was injured after a blow on the helmet and he will be assessed before this match. David Miller was not picked in the playing XI in the last match. Imran Tahir opened the bowling attack surprisingly and even dismissed Jonny Bairstow in his second ball. Pacers Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada shared 5 wickets between them and were very effective with the ball in death overs. They got no support from the other bowlers and they dearly missed Dale Steyn in the bowling attack during the last match. But, Dale`s availability is subject to his fitness and South Africa might not risk him in this match.
Bangladesh team is one of the much-improved sides in the international circuit. They come to the 2019 World Cup after winning the Tri-series in Ireland. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will open their batting and have experience of playing a lot of ODI matches. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmadullah will combine to take care of the middle order. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, and Mohammed Saifuddin are expected to slot in as the pacers in the starting XI. Mehdi Hasan will partner Shakib to share the spin bowling in the middle overs. Bangladesh team has a good mix of experienced players in batting and bowling line-ups. Bangladesh has their best World cup squad this year and they are expected to make a mark in the 2019 World Cup.
Faf Du Plessis – Skipper Faf Du Plessis is one of the very important players in the middle order. His wicket will expose the other inexperienced batsmen in the middle order and he needs to bat long to post a big score for South Africa.
Imran Tahir – Imran Tahir was used very well during the last match and he responded by picking up two crucial wickets. Imran Tahir is a wicket-taking bowler and he is the trump card of the South African team in the middle overs.
Recent Stats:(First match CWC2019)
Quinton De Kock – 68 runs (74 balls), 6X4s, 2X6s
Lungi Ngidi – bowling figures of 10-0-66-3
Faf Du Plessis(C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(Wk), JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Rassie Van Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius/Chris Morris
Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Tamim Iqbal – Tamim Iqbal is one of the most experienced players in the team and is an aggressive opener who can put the bowlers under pressure. He will be expected to perform well in the batting friendly England pitches this World Cup.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur will be the X-factor bowler for Bangladesh in the 2019 World Cup. His cutters and variations are tough to pick and can be lethal with the new ball in hand too.
Recent Stats (practice match):
Mushfiqur Rahim – 90 runs (94 balls), 8X4s, 2X6s
Mashrafe Mortaza – bowling figures of 6-2-27-0
Mashrafe Mortaza(C), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(Wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehdi Hasan, Mohammed Saifuddin, Mohammed Mithun/Mosadek Hossain
Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal
Kennington Oval pitch was one the slower side in the first match. The new ball is expected to swing in the overcast conditions. Batsmen will find it easier to score as the match progresses. We can expect scores in the range of 280-300 runs in this pitch. The match day weather promises to be cloudy and overcast with 20% chances of rain.
Teams are comfortable chasing the total rather than setting one. No score is safe with the change in batsmen`s mindset, smaller boundaries, and faster outfields. Both captains will look to chase down the total on this pitch.
The South Africa team is one of the stronger teams in the tournament and good team on paper when compared to the Bangladesh team. Bangladesh can beat any team on their team and has layers with ample experience of international matches in their team. We expect South Africa to be the winning side in this game.
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