South Africa Vs Bangladesh T20 World Cup – Match Preview
After their first game against Zimbabwe was washed out in Hobart, South Africa now has an opportunity to pick up two critical points against Bangladesh. Bangladesh, having won a critical opening match, is just about confident enough to give them another worry.
Bangladesh defeated the Netherlands in the Super 12s stage of the competition, mainly because of their fast bowlers. Bangladesh will be looking for a similar effort with the ball against South Africa. Taskin Ahmed is in red-hot form, coming off a career-best 4 for 25, while Hasan Mahmud also played a significant contribution, scooping up two wickets in four overs. Mustafizur Rahman was wicketless but economical, with one wicket taken by Soumya Sarkar.
Another strong performance by Taskin occurred earlier this year against South Africa. His five-wicket haul in March helped Bangladesh achieve a historic 2-1 ODI series triumph in Centurion, their first in South Africa against the host team.
However, the bowling assault requires assistance from the hitters. In the first match, openers Soumya and Najmul Hossain Shanto led Bangladesh to their greatest start since the T20 World Cup last year, scoring 47 runs in the powerplay. While the middle order disintegrated, Mosaddek Hossain chipped in late to keep them in contention. Bangladesh will need to bat significantly better against a more diverse South African bowling assault.
South Africa has “no regrets” over the Zimbabwe washout, which cost them a point, and believes they are “still in charge” of their tournament fate.
They had the problem under control before the rain interrupted play in Hobart. They reached 51/0 in three overs while chasing a revised total of 64 in seven overs, with Quinton de Kock blasting away to an unbeaten 47 off 18.
After a dismal performance in the T20 World Cup 2021, when he scored just 69 runs in four matches, de Kock appears ready to go this time. Lungi Ngidi took two wickets as South Africa bowled well for most of their nine overs against Zimbabwe. They also have a balanced lineup, with Wayne Parnell bringing some all-round depth, but on a Sydney ground that helps spinners, South Africa may need to adjust their tactics.
When – Thursday, October 27, 2 pm Local Time (8.30 am IST)
Where – Sydney Cricket Ground
Possible XI of South Africa and Bangladesh
Possible XI: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (C), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
Possible XI: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nurul Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud
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