Shakib Al Hasan
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The second ODI of the three-match series between South Africa and Bangladesh is slated to be played on 20th March 2022, Sunday. The Wanderers Stadium will host the highly anticipated encounter. Bangladesh stunned South Africa in the first ODI as they beat them by 38 runs at SuperSport Park. With that win, they lead the series 1-0 and would look to seal the series on Sunday.

Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das
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Bangladesh batted first in the first ODI and managed to score a formidable total of 314 runs in the first innings. It was a collective effort from the visitors which helped them post a winning score. Liton Das and Tamim Ul-Haq set it up with a 95-run opening partnership. Tamim Iqbal was the first one to get out but not before adding 41 useful runs in 67 balls. Liton Das continued his good form with a well-compiled half-century off 67 balls.

Shakib Al Hasan capitalized on the start beautifully as he scored 77 runs in 64 balls, a knock which was laced with 7 fours and 3 sixes. He stitched a crucial partnership with Yasir Ali, who scored his first half-century in only his four ODIs. Ali hit four fours and 2 sixes en-route to a well-compiled half-century and, with that, also strengthened his case for the middle-order spot. Besides, vital cameos from Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan took the team to a 314-run total on the board.

In pursuit of the score, South Africa lost Janneman Malan in the fourth over only. He got out for just 4 runs off 10 balls. Kyle Verreynne (21 off 25) and Temba Bavuma failed to convert the start into big scores.

Taskin Ahmed
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Rassie van der Dussen (86 off 98) and David Miller (79 off 57) kept South Africa’s hopes alive. However, once the two got out, South Africa lost wickets quickly and, in the end, were bundled out for 276 runs. For Bangladesh, Mehidy Hasan was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed 4 wickets for 61 runs in 9 overs. Besides, the likes of Taskin Ahmed (3 for 36) and Shoriful Islam (2 for 47) also returned with impressive figures.

SA vs BAN Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - South Africa vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI

This was Bangladesh’s first win against South Africa in their own backyard. They would be keen to win the next match as well and, thereby claim the series. Having said that, South Africa are also expected to come hard at them in the next match and, thus, we could expect a cracker of a contest on Sunday.

SA vs BAN Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – South Africa vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI

Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen
Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen. Credits: Getty Images

The pitch is wonderful to bat on. The batsmen would licking their lips ahead of the second one-day international. In the last seven days, 340-plus total have been recorded on four occasions. Having said that, the spinners will have a role to play in the middle-order and could turn the fortunes around. Both teams should look to bat first upon winning the toss.

STATS – ODI

Total matches 48
Matches won batting first 19
Matches won bowling first 27
Average 1st Inns scores 236
Average 2nd Inns scores 204