Kagiso Radaba
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Bangladesh are set to square up against South Africa in the third and final ODI of the three-match series on Wednesday. SuperSport Park in Centurion will host the highly anticipated encounter.

Bangladesh took the early lead after winning the first ODI by 38 runs but South Africa then beat the visitors by 7 wickets in the next game to level the series 1-1. Whosoever wins the last match of the series will take the series. Heading into the final match, here’s a look at both teams shape up.

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Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Unfortunately, Bangladesh couldn’t replicate the performances with the bat in the second game that they showcased in the first one-day international. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Yasir Ali all failed to hit the straps.

However, all four should be part of the playing XI for the last game as well and you expect them to fare well with the bat. The only positive in the last game for Bangladesh was runs coming from Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan. It showcases the depth that Bangladesh have in their batting line-up.

The bowling unit too looked a bit ineffective. Though, it’s also true that they didn’t have enough runs on the board. Heading into the third match, the onus will once again be on the pace bowling trio of Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, and Shoriful Islam.

As for the spin, the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan will continue to be their biggest bets. One doesn’t expect any changes to take place in the playing XI for the final ODI.

South Africa

Quinton de Kock
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After suffering a humiliating defeat in the first ODI, South Africa came back strongly in the next game and won the second ODI by 7 wickets.

Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers. He ran through Bangladesh’s batting attack, picking five wickets for just 39 runs in 10 overs. The likes of Lungi Ngidi, Shamsi also bowled well and helped the team restrict Bangladesh to just 194 runs in the first innings.

Against a solid batting lineup of South Africa, a 194-run total was never going to be enough. The Proteas chased down the score in 37.2 overs. Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock laid the foundation with an 86-run partnership for the opening wicket. Malan got out after scoring 26 runs in 40 balls but Quinton de Kock kept smashing the bowlers out of the park. He, eventually, got out in the 16th over after scoring 62 runs in 41 balls.

Besides, an unbeaten 58-run knock off 77 balls from Kyle Verreynne and 52-ball 37 from Temba Bavuma meant South Africa chased down the score with 7 wickets in hand. Heading into the next game, they would look to continue the winning momentum and claim the series.