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South Africa vs Bangladesh, RSA vs BAN, Today Match Prediction 18 March 2022

SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium, Centurion, South Africa

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Toss Winner - South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first

Bangladesh beat South Africa by 38 runs

A Regular Affair for South Africa against Bangladesh at Home

  • South Africa are unbeaten in ODIs in 2022. They thrashed India 3-0 at home.
  • Bangladesh have won 8 of their last 9 ODIs.
  • South Africa haven’t lost a single game at home against Bangladesh in all formats.

We predict that South Africa will defeat Bangladesh.

Tournament: Bangladesh tour of South Africa, 2022 | Format: ODI | Venue: SuperSport Park Cricket Stadium, Centurion, South Africa | Toss: To Bat

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South Africa will be hosting Bangladesh for 3 ODIs and 2 Tests. The 1st ODI of the bilateral series will be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion on 18th March from 4:30 pm local time. South Africa beat India 3-0 last time they played an ODI series at home. On the other hand, Bangladesh have back to back 3-0 ODI series victories against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.

It will be an easy affair for South Africa at home. They were the underdogs against India but came stronger than ever to remain unbeaten in the series. Quinton de Kock and Rassie Van der Dussen were the perfectionists of the series against India. While de Kock led the scoring table with 229 in the series at an average of 76.33, Van der Dussen finished with 218 runs at an average of 218. South Africa then went to New Zealand to draw the Test series 1-1.

Bangladesh are having their best run in ODIs since the last three ODI series. They beat Sri Lanka 2-1 followed by 3-0 victories against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.  Winning three ODI series in a row must have given them a boost to take on South Africa. But with South Africa’s batting dominance at home, it will be tough for Bangladesh to maintain their winning streak. 

It will be the first ODI between this A Regular Affair for South Africa against Bangladesh at Hometown since they met in the ICC ODI World Cup 2019. Bangladesh registered an upset by beating South Africa by 21 runs at The Oval. Batting first Bangladesh put 330 runs on board with the help of Shakib Al Hasan’s 75 and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 78. Bangladeshi PacerMustafizur Rahman took 3 for 67 runs in return to beat South Africa first time in the World Cup

South Africa haven’t lost a series in any format since the start of the year. To add a cherry on the top, they are unbeaten in 6 Tests, nine ODIs, and four T20Is against Bangladesh at home. It will be a miracle if Bangladesh registers a single win on this tour.

The ODI Series is a part of the World Cup Super League. Bangladesh are currently leading the points table with 100 points, whereas South Africa are in tenth place and are out of the automatic qualification zone for now. South Africa are bookies’ favorite against Bangladesh.

South Africa Preview

Except for Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Mangala, South Africa has gone with a full-strength squad. It was surprising to see eight IPL bound players included in the squad just before the start of the tournament. Temba Bavuma will be leading the South African side with Keshav Maharaj chosen as his deputy.

Quinton de Kock is back in the form since he retired from Test cricket. The ex-skipper was the leading run-scorer against India. Domestic power performer Janneman Malan is most likely to accompany him to open the SA innings. Aiden Makram and Bavuma will have a tough task on their hand in case the openers fail. Bavuma showed why he was chosen to lead the side by scoring 221 runs in 3 Tests and 153 runs in 3 ODIs against India. His current form will be a sigh of relief for SA camp. 

SA have some big hitters in the middle-order. Both Van der Dussen and David Miller could prove lethal. It will be a practice run for Dussen who will be playing his first IPL with Rajasthan Royals. The only downside of the SA middle-order is an all-rounder option. They rely heavily on Andile Phehlukwayo to score quickly in the last overs of the game. 

SA’s bowling coach Allan Donald will be happy to see Kagiso Rabada back in the limited-over format. He will be leading the pace attack with Lungi Ngidi. The duo has been effective for more than 2 years. If they continue their bowling dominance, then it will be a done deal for SA to register a 3-0 win against the visitors. Keshav Maharaj will be the face of SA’s spin attack, It will be interesting to see if South Africa go with Tabrez Shamsi or Marco Jansen.

Key Players: Quinton de Kock, Rassie Van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Temba Bavuma (capt), Keshav Maharaj (vice-capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen.

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rassie van der Dussen

Bangladesh Preview

Bangladesh Skipper Tamim Iqbal will have a litmus test or we can say a litmus ODIs ahead. He will be without Bangladesh’s most experienced all-rounder Shakib al Hasan. Shakib was earlier included on the SA tour, but then requested an off due to personal reasons. Looks like Mahamadullah will be leading the all-rounder part in absence of his ‘Guru’.

Thankfully Bangladesh have Litton Das to open with the skipper. Das was the leading run-scorer against Afghanistan with 223 runs at an average of 74.33. The right-handed batter scored a century and a half-century in three innings to impress the Bangladesh management. Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim will be likely to take a position in the middle-order with Mahmudullah and Afif Hossein. Bangladesh have recently announced that South African and ex-CSK player Albie Morkel joined the background staff as a power-hitting coach. If he gets the things right in the middle-order, Bangladesh will definitely have a chance to give a tough fight to the hosts.

Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam will be the only pace options for Bangladesh. The trio’s performance against Afghanistan raised a lot of questions as they ended up taking only 11 wickets in 72 overs bowled. Mehidy Hasan Miraz will get another chance to prove his spin. The Afghanistan series was not so fruitful for Miraz too.

Key Players: Litton Das, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI:

Tamim Iqbal (capt), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Bangladesh Actual Playing XI:

Mahmudullah, Shoriful Islam, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali Choudhary, Tamim Iqbal, Afif Hossain

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Weather Conditions

The weather will be partly cloudy. Rain is expected at Centurian a day before the ODI. This means it will be a difficult task for players fielding in the outfield. The temperature will range between 13°C and 24°C. The wind will be flowing from the northeast at 9-10 km/h. The pitch is known to assist pacers. Spinners on the other hand find it difficult to get a turn. Batters also enjoy the ball coming on the bat. Overall, the pitch helps both pacers and batters.

Venue Details

The first ODI between South Africa and Bangladesh will be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. The Centurion has witnessed 27 Tests, 58 ODIs, and 14 T20Is. The 22000 spectator capacity ground has witnessed some high-scoring games in the recent past.

Toss: To Bat

In 58 ODIS, the team chasing the target has registered a victory on 32 occasions. But in the last four matches, the team batting first has 3 favorable outcomes. If you go with the present, the team winning the toss should bat first.

Bangladesh have never won a single game across all formats in South Africa. Over to that South Africa has a 17-4 win record against the visitors. The hosts are on cloud nine after beating India at home and drawing a series in New Zealand. 

We predict that South Africa will defeat Bangladesh.

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