South Africa vs Bangladesh, Match 5, Sunday 2 June

South Africa and Bangladesh haven’t played much cricket against one another. Their last encounter was in 2017 which means that they haven’t played against each other in 2 years. Maybe the reason for this is that Bangladesh have always been considered a minnow team despite being in the top 10 rankings consistently since 1999. SA are more concerned with defeating other big teams and they have done it multiple times. With such little exposure to one another, South Africa vs. Bangladesh will contain a certain element of surprise as both teams are oblivious to one another’s strategy.

ODI Record:

For two teams who have been playing international cricket for such a long time now, it is uncanny how these two have played such a limited number of ODI matches. Their ODI details are given below:

  • SA ODI Ranking: 4th
  • Bangladesh ODI Ranking: 7th
  • Head-to-Head in ODIs: 20
  • SA won: 17
  • Bangladesh won: 3

With the way SA have performed consistently, it’s no surprise that they have such a good win percentage against Bangladesh. Bangladesh have risen from the ashes in recent past and climbed significantly up the ODI rankings but they still have a lot of work to do. The major flaw in their squad is that “celebration before the victory” attitude. This attitude has cost them many matches. They need to play mature cricket if they stand a chance against SA. SA will be aspiring for a spot in the semi-finals so it is imperative that they beat Bangladesh by a huge margin. Bangladesh need a couple of good knock from the top order batsmen to shake the confidence of Proteas players.

WC Match:

Bangladesh will be fighting an uphill battle when they go face-to-face with SA at the WC on the following date and venue:

  • Date: 2nd June 2019
  • Venue: The Oval Cricket Ground, London
  • Time: 2:30 PM Pakistan Time (D)

The ground hosted final of CT 2017, the tournament in which Bangladesh performed splendidly and consolidated a spot in the semi-finals but were eventually knocked out by India. Can they repeat the same performance in this event? Only time will tell. For now, they seem down and out. They suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand. Contrary to this, SA are on higher ground as they have just defeated Sri Lanka 5-0. SA are famous for choking at huge events but nobody can deny that with the way they are performing, it’s the opposing teams that need to worry, not the Proteas.

Conclusion:

There’s no denying the fact that Bangladesh are a talented side otherwise they wouldn’t have made it to the CT 2017 semi-final. They’ve hit a rough patch right now but WC is all about second chances and if they perform well here, all their mishaps will be forgotten. It’s not as easy as it sounds though. Their first obstacle is SA and they’re in top form. Looking at the recent stats, SA will win this contest. They’ve got a strong side so if they don’t panic and choke, they’re sure to win. Bangladesh need to perform exceedingly well in this match to put themselves in a situation where they can hope to win.

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