South Africa vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI Preview and Prediction: Will Bangladesh Seal Historic Win?

Shakib Al Hasan in action for Bangladesh vs South Africa.
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Bangladesh have continued their recent revival and are now in position to record a famous victory on South African shores. But the Proteas will no doubt be determined to fight back after a disappointing first outing in this three-match series. Who will come out on top in the potentially decisive second game? Read on for our full South Africa vs Bangladesh second ODI preview and prediction:

South Africa vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI Preview and Prediction

Series So Far

Bangladesh came into this series in good form in ODIs but having lost their most recent, on home turf against Afghanistan. They had also had uncertainty over star man Shakib Al Hasan’s place in the side. Fortunately, that particular issue appears to have been resolved satisfactorily, and they put the disappointment of that defeat against Afghanistan behind them quickly. The top order led the way, with captain Tamim Iqbal making 41, Litton Das 50 and Shakib 77.

Yasir Ali also accelerated at the death to help his side reach 314. South Africa never really looked like chasing that down, despite fine knocks from Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, who hit 86 and 79 respectively. The rest of the batting order contributed little, with Aiden Markram out for a duck and the two bowling all-rounders in Andile Phehlukwayo and Marco Jansen mustering only four runs between them. That left too much for Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj to do at the death.

Expected Teams

After their excellent performance in the first match, it would be a surprise to see Bangladesh make many changes here. Iqbal and Das will continue their impressive partnership at the top of the order. Das, in particular, has found a rich vein of form. Shakib will come in at three. If he can again find the sort of touch he displayed in the first game, it could go along way to helping Bangladesh win here. Keeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim will bat at four.

Yasir Ali has also played some very good cricket of late. He will bat at five, with the experienced all-rounder Mahmudullah in at number six. He made a useful 25 off 17 in the first match of the series. Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz will be the last recognised bats at seven and eight, with the trio of seam bowlers Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Mustafizur Rahman rounding out the side. Taskin was superb in the first game, taking three wickets and conceding just 36 runs in his ten overs.

South Africa may make a change in their own opening partnership if Quentin de Kock is fit to play. Kyle Verreyne is proving a fine keeper-batter in his own right, but he is not yet a player of de Kock’s calibre, particularly in this format. Janneman Malan will likely keep his place, but he remains rather inconsistent and will be looking to improve on that. Captain Temba Bavuma will bat at number three, whilst Aiden Markram, very much in need of a score, will likely get another crack from number four.

The excellent van der Dussen will anchor the batting at number five, with Miller in at six. He can deliver fireworks, but will be hoping to be given more of a platform. Phehlukwayo was not at his best in the last match and Tabraiz Shamsi is more of a wicket taking threat, but that would weaken the batting. Jansen, meanwhile, is still finding his feet in international cricket but clearly has considerable upside. Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi will complete the XI for South Africa.

Prediction

Bangladesh are clearly full of confidence at the moment and they have every right to be. Still, one can’t help but feel that South Africa can offer more than they did in the first match of this series. They have one of the best middle-order batters in van der Dussen, an excellent finisher in Miller and a potentially very threatening bowling attack. If they can just sharpen up a little, and the top order find some runs, they should have enough to get the better of Bangladesh here.

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