Last Update on: March 18th, 2022 at 09:42 am
South Africa and Bangladesh are set to take on each other in a three-match ODI series and it will be followed by two Tests. The first ODI of the three-match is scheduled to be held on 18th March 2022 at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Heading into the first match of the series, here’s a look at how both the teams shape up.
SA vs BAN Match Preview- Bangladesh Tour of South Africa 2022, 1st ODI
South Africa won their last ODI series against India by a margin of 3-0. They didn’t let India win a single match of the series. The Proteas have announced a pretty much similar squad that played against India. Sisanda Magala is the only omission as he is recovering from injury.
Quinton de Kock led the way with the bat against India. In 3 matches, he scored 229 runs at an average of 76.33. He also has an exceptional record against Bangladesh and the latter will have to get him out as early as possible if they hope to win the series. Rassie van der Dussen played equally well against India.
He was the second highest run-scorer. Both these batsmen will be the ones to watch out for. Having said that, the likes of Temba Bavuma, Janneman Malan, and Aiden Markram too are in pretty good form and South Africa would be confident of posting big totals on the board.
In the bowling department, Kagiso Rabada should continue to lead the pace department. Anrich Nortje is still recovering from his injury, which means either of of Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen are likely to play the first ODI. As for the spin, both Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj should make the cut for all three matches.
Bangladesh have not won a single ODI against South Africa in South Africa. Ahead of a three-match series, they would be hopeful of breaking that losing streak. They did that in New Zealand and certainly have the ability to do the same in South Africa.
Bangladesh have a solid batting unit. Liton Das is currently in the form of his life. He has been piling on big scores consistently and would be keen to continue his good run in South Africa.
Shakib Al Hasan is available for the series and hold key to the team’s fortunes. He hasn’t been in the best of forms but ODI is his most successful format. His form is extremely crucial for the team and it will be interesting to see how he fares with both bat and ball in difficult conditions in South Africa.
Besides, the onus will also be on the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. In the pace department, they have got quality fast bowlers such as Mushfiqur Rahim, Shoriful Islam and Taskin Ahmed. All three have done reasonably well in the recent past and you expect them to make the cut for the first ODI.