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The fifth match of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between South Africa and Bangladesh at Kennington Oval. The Proteas had lost their opening match against England and they would aim to make a solid return. However, South Africa will be without the services of Hashim Amla who was hit by a deadly bouncer on the head by Jofra Archer. Amla didn’t attend the practice session on the eve of the match and he is likely to sit out. We bring you the Match Preview, Prediction, Predicted XI, Weather, Pitch, Stats.

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Consequently, South Africa can add the services of David Miller who can change the course of the match in a matter of overs. South Africa will need to pull up their socks in the batting department as they were skittle out for 207. Thus, they need to come up with collective performance.

South Africa's Predicted Playing XI
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SA will want to bounce back.

On the other hand, Bangladesh will battle against injury woes. The Tigers opening batsman Tamim Iqbal had suffered a blow to his wrist and the southpaw batsman is a doubtful starter for the match. Moreover, Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hussain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmadullah have injury concerns.

Bangladesh has taken giant strides in the last five years and they would like to play in the World Cup as they have played in the recent past. They are a confident side and it is fair enough to say that they are no longer the underdogs of the tournament. Furthermore, Bangladesh will like to win the crucial stages of the competition and it would be interesting to note how they will tackle the crucial stages of the match.

Bangladesh will aim to begin their World Cup campaign on a high.

Meanwhile, South Africa had done a good job with the ball when they had faced England. However, their batting had let them down. Quinton de Kock had scored a fine fifty and he would like to continue his good form going. The left-hander is going to play a key role and he would like to be at the top of his game. The Proteas will also miss the services of Dale Steyn who hasn’t recovered from the shoulder injury.

Match Prediction
Faf du Plessis. AP Photo.

Match Prediction: South Africa is going to start as favourites against Bangladesh. The Proteas will like to be at the top of their game against Bangladesh. On the other hand, Bangladesh will like to get off to a good start in their World Cup opener.

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South Africa’s Predicted Playing XI: Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, R van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.

Bangladesh’s Predicted Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushifiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin.

Pitch Conditions: Kennington Oval has been the most decent pitch thus far. England had scored 311 runs in the first match and batting got easy when the batters got settled. Thus, South Africa and Bangladesh will like to post a good score on the board.

Weather Conditions: It is going to be a cloudy morning in Oval and the fast bowlers will once again lick their lips. The captain winning the toss can opt to bowl first.

Stats:

Shakib Al Hasan has scalped 249 wickets in ODI cricket. The southpaw spinner is one wicket away from completing his 250 wickets.

Soumya Sarkar has scored 1467 runs and thus he needs another 33 runs to get to 1500 runs.

Gautam Chauhan

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