The South Africans left their ‘chokers’ tag behind when they beat the Sri Lankan team in the World Cup quarter final, only to lose to New Zealand in the semi final. Bangladesh on the other hand threw England out of the tournament in the group stages and lost to India in the quarter finals. Both teams will have been happy with their performance in the World Cup and Bangladesh has had a great time after the Cup.
They beat Pakistan and India in the limited over series and have a great chance to qualify for the Champions Trophy in 2017 if they are able to beat South Africa at least once in the ODI series. The Proteas will be aware of this and will want to spoil the party in their back yard and will want show the world that they are a cricketing power even in conditions away from home.
The South Africans will tour Bangladesh for 2 T20’s, 3 ODI’s and 2 tests this month. It is a great chance for both the teams to prove their previous performances and build on them. We here have bought you all that you need to know about the first game of the tour. We have included the Preview of the game along with expected lineups and predictions for the game.
The first match of the tour is a T20 game between Bangladesh and South Africa which will be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. It will start at 1:00 pm local time on Sunday the 5th of July. Small showers are expected throughout the day and there is a great chance that the game may be affected by rains. So both teams will have to start the game positively.
South Africa will play their first game after the 2015 World Cup in Australia against the team who are quickly emerging as a cricketing power in the limited format. The Proteas will have their work cut out and will have to be at their best if they have to beat an inform Bangladesh side at home.
Bangladesh on the other hand has had a great start to their campaign after the World Cup. They have a set of players capable of winning matches on their own. They will want to continue their form and will be full of confidence when they take on the team from South Africa.
Though Bangladesh are still a team not considered to be a part of the elite group of cricket playing nations, it will not take long if they continue to produce results like in the last two home series. South Africa cannot allow complacency to set in as the hosts are no longer an easy team to beat.
Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Arafat Sunny, Litton Das, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar and Mashrafe Mortaza.
Beuran Hendricks, Quinton de Kock, Kyle Abbott, AB de Villiers, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Aaron Phangiso, David Wiese, Wayne Parnell and Faf du Plessis.
With just 20 over’s to play per side, Bangladesh’s form and confidence may well take a beating as the South Africans are a very talented group. They will start the game as favorites to beat the hosts comfortably. Meanwhile, Bangladesh will start the game as outsiders and will have to be at their best if they have to beat a South African side with the likes of AB de Villiers as the skipper. Proteas will be favorites to win and as per Sports Mirchi predictions they have got 65 percent winning chances.
Though Bangladesh has had some great results in the last couple of months, the South Africans will provide a completely different set of challenges for them to face. They will want to portray themselves well at the beginning of the series so they can believe in themselves that they can win games irrespective of the opposition. It will be a good match to watch as both teams will give their all for an early victory in the series.