Big picture: Important game for Bangladesh
South Africa have scored over 300 every time they have batted first in this World Cup – their top order has set a strong platform for a powerful finish, of which Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen provided a devastating example at the Wankhede. Did.
While South Africa are in a good position to make the semi-finals, Bangladesh is struggling to be a serious contender, having lost three games to England, New Zealand and India after an opening win against Afghanistan. They are one of five teams stuck on a win after four matches, and another defeat will certainly end their flickering chances of qualification.
Mushfiqur Rahim has been their best batsman, while players like Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Tauheed Hridoy and Mehdi Hasan Miraz have been unable to make significant contributions in the middle order. Tanjid Hasan scored a half-century against India after a difficult start to his international career, while Liton Das has been hot and cold at the top of the order. Whether Shakib Al Hasan, who missed their previous match against India due to injury, is fit to play is important, as Bangladesh will once again be without the injured Taskin Ahmed.
South Africa WLWWW (last five ODIs, most recent first)
In the spotlight: Klaasen and Mushfiqur
Team News: Will Bavuma and Shakib play?
South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (c)/Reeza Hendricks, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Johnson, 8 Gerald Coetzee, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Lungi Ngidi
Shakib missed the match against India due to a left quadriceps injury, but said he trained without any problem on Sunday and is likely to be fit for the match. Taskin is unavailable due to a shoulder injury.
bangladesh (Probable): 1 Tanjeed Hasan, 2 Liton Das, 3 Nazmul Hussain Shanto, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (captain), 5 Tauheed Hridoy, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mehdi Hasan Miraj, 8 Mahmudullah, 9 Hasan Mahmood, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Pitch and conditions: Another hot day
Expect another hot afternoon with temperatures in the mid 30s Celsius with high humidity. Jos Buttler admitted that he might have made a mistake by fielding first in such conditions on Saturday, so the team winning the toss is expected to bat first on the flat track at Wankhede and tire the opposition before the chase begins.
Statistics and General Knowledge
- Bangladesh have won their last two World Cup matches against South Africa at Providence (2007) and The Oval (2019).
- Klaasen’s strike-rate of 147.95 this year is the second highest among batsmen who have scored more than 700 runs in ODIs.
- In 2022, Bangladesh won the ODI series against South Africa for the first time
“We haven’t performed particularly well against them in the past, so it’s extra motivation for us to come out and repeat the good performance against England.”
aiden markram South Africa have lost three of their last four ODIs to Bangladesh, leaving their World Cup record at 2-2.
“I don’t think there is any need to motivate the players in the World Cup. Everyone is well motivated and working hard. We have had some individual performances, so if we can string it together, we can Can get a good result.”
captain of bangladesh shakib al hassan On the morale of the team before the match against South Africa
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84