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Bangladesh will be taking on South Africa in their first World Cup encounter on 2nd June at The Oval, whereas after losing to England in their opening match by 104 runs, this will be South Africa’s second match of the tournament.
Bangladesh would be looking to win against the Proteas, and have a good start in the tournament, in contrast to the South African team which will be in for redemption.
After an initial blow, they’ll be looking to gain momentum by defeating Bangladesh. Dale Steyn will not be available for the match due to his shoulder injury. Hashim Amla, who is recovering from the concussion he suffered against England when Jofra Archer hit him in the helmet, might not play.
Bangladeshi bowlers are capable of swinging the ball under such conditions which might cause some trouble to the South African batsman.
David Miller, who was not a part of the playing XI against England, might get a chance in the absence of Hashim Amla. Also, Chris Morris would be a good option over Dwaine Pretorius as an extra fast bowler.
Probable XI for South Africa:
Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Chris Morris/Dwaine Pretorius, Andil Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.
Bangladesh has had a couple of injury concerns in the form of Tamim Iqbal and Mustafizur Rahman. The former suffered a hit in nets on Friday whereas the later, sustained a calf injury but is likely to play the match.
Due to the absence of a wrist spinner, both Mehidy Hasan and Shakib will play crucial roles for the team. Mushfiqur Rahim has been in great touch over the past 12 months and will be the star batsman for the team.
Probable XI for Bangladesh:
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib-al-Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmadullah, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mushrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.
Dream XI Predictions
- Wicket-Keeper: Quinton de Kock(C), Mushfiqur Rahim(VC)
- Batsmen: Mahmadullah, Soumya Sarkar, Faf du Plessis, Markram
- All-rounders: Shakib-al-Hasan, JP Duminy
- Bowlers: Mustafizur Rahman, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada.
According to the reports, it will be the same pitch as the one used for the first game. It tends to get slower and tackier, which will help the spinners towards the second half of the match. The team winning the toss should choose to chase.
South Africa to beat Bangladesh