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Toss Winner - Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl first
South Africa beat Bangladesh by 220 runs
Revenge is on the cards for South Africa after an ODI series loss against Bangladesh.
We predict that South Africa will defeat Bangladesh.
Tournament: Bangladesh tour of South Africa, 2022 | Format: TEST | Venue: Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, South Africa | Toss: To BatBet Now
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After a disappointed ODI series, South Africa are all geared up to take Bangladesh in the Two-Tests match series. The first Test between the two will be played at The Kingsmead, Durban between 31st March-4th April. The first Test is scheduled to kick off at 10:00 am local time. The series will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle. South Africa have turned the tables in their favor since the start of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. They haven’t lost a series yet. In two test series played so far, they beat India 2-1 at home followed by a 1-1 draw against New Zealand on away grounds. Currently, they are at the second position in the points table with 36 points and a percentage winning of 60. It will be a litmus test for the home team after losing most of their players to playing IPL.
Bangladesh’s confidence will be on high after beating South Africa for the first time in South Africa. They would be carrying the confidence and inspiration from what others thought of as an impossible dream. But the Test format has not been kind to Bangladesh in this cycle too. They are currently placed at 8th place with 18 points in 4 Tests. Their only Test victory came against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui at the start of this year.
South Africa and Bangladesh have faced each other 12 times so far. 10 out of these are won by South Africa while the remaining two are ended up in a draw. It's been five years since both teams played against each other in the five-day format. In 2017, South Africa beat Bangladesh 2-0 at home. It will be interesting to see if Bangladesh can manage to put a stop to SA’s dominance just as they did in the ODI series.
Dean Elgar has been handed a depleted test side against Bangladesh after losing six first-team players to IPL. These include their entire bowling attack comprising Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen. Added to the list of omissions, he will be missing Aiden Markram and Rassie Van der Dussen and an overall experience of 128 Test caps. Only 3 players from the ODI squad have found themselves in the 15-man Test squad. Elgar will be rooting for his team to emulate the success they had so far this season. He will be opening the innings with Sarel Erwee. Erwee hit a century against New Zealand in his final Test that helped SA tie up the series 1-1. Keegan Peterson will be back to take third place after missing the NZ tour. The right-handed batsman was the leading run-scorer with 276 runs in six innings and three half-centuries in the final two tests against India.
The next in line will be Khaya Zondo who earned his maiden Test call after scoring 786 runs in the last two domestic seasons at an average of 52.40. Temba Bavuma and Kyle Verreyenne will be the hope of the South African team in the middle order. While Bavuma averaged 73.66 against India at home, Verrerynne led the batting attack for SA against New Zealand with 188 runs at an average of 62.66. Wiann Mulder is the only available all-rounder in the squad and is likely to get a chance in both tests.
Getting the right bowling attack will be a headache for Dean Elgar. He is without his key pacers. The impact can be felt from the stats that no one has taken more wickets in Test cricket than Rabada and Jansen since the start of the year. Duanne Olivier and Lutho Sipamla will lead the pace attack in absence of the big players. Olivier has played 13 Tests till now and has taken 56 wickets at an average of 21.76. He stands as the most experienced pacer in the current SA squad. On the other hand, Sipamla has 11 Test wickets on his record in three Tests. SA has plenty of options to choose their third pacer. Glenton Stuurman and Simon Harmer will fight for the third option. Stuurman picked only 1 wicket in his debut Test while Harper has 20 wickets but hasn’t played a Test since 2015. Elgar can also try his luck with uncapped Darun Dupavillon and Lizaad Williams. Keshav Maharaj will be the obvious spin choice in the first Test.
Key Players: Dean Elgar, Keegan Peterson, Duanne Olivier
Dean Elgar (capt), Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Peterson, Khaya Zondo, Temba Bavuma, Wiann Mulder, Duanne Olivier, Lutho Sipamla, Glenton Stuurman.
Ryan Rickelton, Lizaad Williams, Simon Harmer, Kyle Verreynne, Keegan Petersen, Duanne Olivier, Dean Elgar, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Sarel Erwee, Temba Bavuma
Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque will be confident to lead the squad after a historic ODI series win. But he will be without the most experienced Shakib al Hasan who is not expected to come back in time after returning home to visit family members. Tamim Iqbal will be back in the squad after missing the Test series against New Zealand. It will be difficult to pick between Shadman Islam and Mahamudul Hasan Joy to open the innings with Tamim. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque will complete the top order for Bangladesh. Shanto played a special inning in Bangladesh’s only Test win in New Zealand. While Mominul Haque finished the same series at an average of 48.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das, and Yasir Ali will play a crucial part in Bangladesh’s middle order. Litton Das is currently having a form of his life. The right-handed batter scored 196 runs against New Zealand with a century at an average of 65.33. Bangladesh will be looking forward to Mushfiqur gaining his form back. The experienced wicket-keeper had a series of bad performances and it will be the right time for him to perform against the poor pace attack of SA. If Bangladesh decided to go with an extra pacer, Yasir Ali might be seen warming benches.
Mehidy Hasan is the only all-rounder left in the Bangladesh squad in absence of Shakib. It will be a huge opportunity on his shoulders. Hasan managed to take just 4 wickets against New Zealand and didn’t contribute much with the bat. Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, and Shoriful Islam will be Bangladesh’s first choice for pace. Ebadot Hossain was Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker in New Zealand with 9 wickets. Taskin Ahmed ended the ODI series on a high note by picking 8 wickets and a man-of-the-series trophy. Bangladesh can quantify his experience from the ODI series.
Key Players: Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Taskin Ahmed
Mominul Haque (capt), Litton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Mahamudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto.
Ebadot Hossain, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Khaled Ahmed, Yasir Ali Choudhary, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mehidy Hasan, Shadman Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Shanto
The first day of the test will be under the clouds. And then it will be raining next four days. Looks like lots of overs are likely to be lost during rain. The temperature will range between 20°C and 28°C. The wind will be flowing from the northeast at 13-20 kmh. The pitch favors bowlers from the second innings.
The first Test between South Africa and Bangladesh will be played at The Kingsmead, Durban between 31st March-4th April. The Kingsmead has hosted 44 Tests and 18 T20Is. The 25000 spectator capacity ground is known for low-scoring games.
In 44 ODIS, the team batting first has won 17 times compared to teams batting second who have emerged victorious on 13 occasions. The average first innings score here is 299, 37 more than the second innings. The team winning the toss should bat first.
One should remove the result of the ODI series from their mind. The format is completely different. In 12 Tests against Bangladesh, South Africa has registered 10 wins and 0 losses. 8 out of these 10 are by an innings and runs. Bangladesh's side have lost all their six tests played on South African soil (5 out of them by an innings). Though South Africa are playing their second squad, they have enough pace attack to not let Bangladesh continue the success from the limited-overs format. This season has been extraordinary for the SA team. They have yet to see a loss at home this year. All these stats tilts towards South Africa coming back stronger than Bangladesh.
We predict that South Africa will defeat Bangladesh.
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