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Toss Winner - South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first
South Africa beat Bangladesh by 332 runs
South Africa to take on Bangladesh in the final Test at Port Elizabeth.
We predict that South Africa will defeat Bangladesh.
Tournament: Bangladesh tour of South Africa, 2022 | Format: TEST | Venue: St George's Park Cricket Ground, Port Elizabeth, South Africa | Toss: To BatBet Now
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South Africa bounced back from the ODI series loss by thrashing Bangladesh in the first Test played at Durban. The hosts won the first Test by 220 runs after dismantling Bangladesh for just 53 runs. The second Test of the two-Test match series will be played at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. The Test match is scheduled to kick off at 10:00 am local time. South Africa played their second team in the first Test after losing key team players to the Indian Premier League. Bangladesh opted to field first after winning the toss. Half-centuries from skipper Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma helped South Africa to put a total of 367 runs on the board. Chasing 367, Bangladeshi opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy scored his first century. But he lacked support from the other end. Simon Harper’s 4 wickets handed SA a lead of 69 runs in the first innings.
A rejuvenated bowling effort from Bangladesh in the second innings saw SA set a target of 263 runs. SA spinner stole the show in the second innings by taking 7 wickets. Bangladesh were bowled out for 53 runs in 19 overs. The 220 runs victory over the visitors gave SA a 1-0 lead in the two-Test match series. Maharaj was awarded the Man of the Match trophy for his 7 wickets. It was Bangladesh’s second-lowest score in the Test format. The SA spin attack came out of the syllabus for Bangladesh. It was the first instance over the 100 years that fast bowlers didn’t bowl a single ball in any innings. SA now have 11 victories against Bangladesh in 13 Tests and is yet to lose a game against visitors.
With the win, SA is now placed second in the points table of ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 with 48 points and a percentage win of 66.66. On the other hand, Bangladesh is in eighth place with a percentage win of 20. South Africa will be looking forward to taking a clean sweep to tighten their grip on the ICC World Test Championship final.
Looks like South Africa will remain unchanged for the second Test. Skipper Elgar will be happy with the performance his bowlers put in the first Test. Of course, he will be expecting the batting order to improve their performances. Elgar and Sarel Erwee will open the innings for SA. The left-handed duo put a partnership of 113 runs in the first innings followed by 48 runs in the second. Keegan Peterson and Temba Bavuma will be playing at third and fourth positions respectively to strengthen the top order. Bavuma missed his second Test century by 7 runs.
Ryan Rickelton and wicketkeeper Kyle Verreyne will continue to bat in the middle-order. The duo scored 94 runs in the first Test. But the SA management will be expecting them to add more runs to eliminate the low run chases like the first Test. Wian Mulder will keep his place in the team after an average performance in the first Test. SA doesn't have an option to replace Mulder.
Duanne Olivier, Lizaad Williams, and Mulder will be the face of the pace attack. The trio took 5 wickets out of 20 in the first Test and didn’t even bowl in the second. Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer will be the spinners from the SA side. It never looked like Harmer was playing his first Test after a gap of 7 years. He took 7 wickets in total. The SA spinners took 14 of the 20 wickets in the first Test. It was quite difficult to digest that spinners were getting wickets on the fast track. South Africa operated unchanged in the second innings. This will give them a morale boost to take on Bangladesh.
Key Players: Dean Elgar, Keegan Peterson, Duanne Olivier
Dean Elgar (capt), Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Peterson, Ryan Rickelton, Temba Bavuma, Wiann Mulder, Duanne Olivier, Lizaad Williams, Simon Hrmer.
Ryan Rickelton, Lizaad Williams, Simon Harmer, Kyle Verreynne, Keegan Petersen, Duanne Olivier, Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Sarel Erwee, Temba Bavuma
There was a lot of drama involved in the loss for Bangladesh. They even lodged complaints to the ICC about poor umpiring and on unfairly sledging from the hosts. One of the reports that came out was that the senior players didn’t listen to the instructions given by coach Russell Domingo. Besides this, injuries to Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam have added misery to Bangladesh's struggles.
Bangladesh should bring back Tamim Iqbal to open the innings. The experienced opener was left out of the playing squad in the first Test. Shadman Islam's recent form and poor performance in the first Test leave no option to skipper Mominul Haque to go back to the veteran. Mahmadul Hasan Joy registered his first Test century in the first Test. If he gets support from Tamim, SA will find it difficult to stop Bangladesh from putting a huge total on the board. Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, and Mushfiqur Rahim will play in the top order. Bangladeshi skipper has a lot to work on his form besides bringing his team back from the humiliation. He has scored just one half-century in his last 10 innings. Mushfiqur Rahim’s form is also a cause of worry for Bangladesh. After a poor ODI series, the ex-wicket-keeper didn’t show any sign of improvement in the first test. Perhaps, sending in-form Litton Das above Rahim can prove a wise decision.
Bangladesh played only one spinner in the first Test. Mehidy Hasan took 6 wickets. This was less compared to 14 wickets taken by the SA spin attack. Bangladesh can think of adding Taijul Islam to their playing eleven. Bangladeshi pacers grabbed 11 wickets in the first Test. But they will be without Taskin Ahmed this time. Ahmed will miss the second Test due to an injury. Abu Jayed can come in to replace injured Taskin.
Key Players: Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mominul Haque (capt), Litton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mahamudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto.
Ebadot Hossain, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Khaled Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal, Taijul Islam, Yasir Ali Choudhary, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Shanto
Showers are predicted on the first and third day of the Test. Looks like lots of overs are likely to be lost during rain. The temperature will range between 16°C and 25°C. The wind will be flowing from the northeast at 19-39 kmh. It will be windy throughout the Test. The pitch favors pacers at Port Elizabeth. The wind will help bowlers swing the ball in both directions.
The second Test between South Africa and Bangladesh will be played at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth between the 8th - 12th of April. St George Park has hosted 31 Tests, 42 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. The 19000 spectator capacity ground is known for low-scoring games.
In 31 Tests, teams batting first have emerged victorious 13 times, the same as that of teams batting second. The average first innings score here is 307, 72 more than the second innings. The team winning the toss should bat first.
South Africa have registered 4 victories in their last 5 Tests. Besides that, they haven’t lost a series in the current cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. They beat India 2-1 followed by drawing the series 1-1 in New Zealand. In 13 Tests against Bangladesh, South Africa has 11 wins and 0 losses. The huge win against Bangladesh in the first Test favors South Africa over Bangladesh.
We predict that South Africa will defeat Bangladesh.
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