An entertaining series in South Africa comes down to this third and final match. Both Bangladesh and South Africa have played some fine cricket across the first two matches and both will believe that they have what it takes to get across the line and earn some valuable Cricket World Cup Super League points. But who will come out on top? Read on for our full South Africa vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI preview and prediction:
South Africa vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI Preview and Prediction
Series So Far
Bangladesh came into the series as underdogs, despite some fine recent form in this format, but they made short work of the South African bowling attack in the first game of the series. Shakib Al Hasan led the way with 77 from 64. Liton Das and Yasir Ali also made 50s, before some good late order hitting that took Bangladesh to 314 from their 50 overs. That proved beyond South Africa’s ability to chase as they crumbled to 276 all out in 48.5 overs.
But South Africa battled back impressively with the ball. They scythed through the Bangladeshi top order to have their tourists 34-5. Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah and Mehidy Hasan Miraz helped Bangladesh rebuild, but they finished with just 194 runs on the board which never looked likely to be enough. So it proved as the Proteas chased down 195 with ease, requiring just 37.2 overs to record a comfortable victory in Johannesburg.
South Africa rung the changes for the second ODI but it would be a surprise to see them make many alterations to that XI. Quentin de Kock provided a reminder of his class in white-ball cricket with a quickfire 62 off just 42 balls. Janneman Malan’s 26 was more scratchy, but he has shown his class before. Kyle Verreyne compiled a well-made 58* having moved down the order to number three, whilst captain Temba Bavuma’s 37 helped steady any South African nerves, though he did hole out late in the chase.
David Miller and Wayne Parnell were not called upon to bat, though Parnell impressed with the ball. Kagiso Rabada bowled a hostile spell to end with a five-fer. Keshav Maharaj was less impressive, going at 5.70 runs an over though he can provide useful lower-order hitting when required. Lungi Ngidi did not have his best day, but has a very fine record in this format. Tabraiz Shamsi, meanwhile, managed to take just one wicket, but bowled very economically to concede just 26 runs in his ten overs.
Tamim Iqbal will be hoping for an improvement on his score of one in the second match. Das was not able to make much more of an impact, out for 15 off 21. Shakib was also unable to replicate his performance in the first match, out for a six-ball duck. A marked improvement on that may well be crucial if Bangladesh are to compete here. Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali were also out quickly as the Bangladeshi middle order gave way.
Mahmudullah, Hossain and Mehidy struck back for Bangladesh, however, and will be hoping that they can contribute decisively if given more of a platform by the top order. Hossain certainly did his burgeoning reputation as a genuine all-rounder no harm. A particular concern heading into this decisive encounter will be the struggles of the three-man pace attack of Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman. After a good showing in the first match, they were taken apart in the second.
Bangladesh showed that they can be a force to be reckoned with at their very best in the first match of the series. But they are clearly not particularly comfortable on the fast bouncy tracks in South Africa and that showed as they regressed to the mean in the second match. Accordingly, a famous series win is not out of their reach, but it does not look like the likeliest outcome by any stretch of the imagination. On home turf, with the series on the line, expect South Africa to have the edge.
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