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World Cup 2019, Match 5- SA Vs BAN, Preview: Battered Proteas Eye For Switch In Fortunes Against The Tigers

“The overall record between these two sides is heavily in favour of the South African side.”

After the first double-header Saturday of the World Cup 2019 extravaganza, it is time to shift the focus back to normalization. In the fifth match of the 50-overs quadrennial tournament, South Africa will be taking on Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval in London on June 2. The Proteas will be aiming for a quick turnaround in their fortunes after the clinical loss to England in the tournament opener. On the other hand, Bangladesh will be looking to start their campaign on a positive note.

South Africa’s first encounter against England didn’t pan out as per the plans. Bowlers failed to execute the plans in this encounter despite picking a few quick wickets in the final 10 overs. As a result, they ended up conceding over 300 runs and the team also got it wrong at the toss.

They chose to bowl first but the pitch kept slowing down as the game progressed. As a result, most of the batsmen couldn’t make much of an impact resulting in a 104-run loss. Hence, there is a lot of catching up to do for this team. First and foremost, they need a win under their best and secondly, the team has got to improve upon the Net Run Rate.

The Tigers enter the tournament with ambitions bigger than ever before. They don’t seem to be threatened by the histories and strengths of their opponents having built their own identity in recent years. They’d definitely want to build on the confidence they incurred through the Tri-series win against West Indies and Ireland.

The overall record between these two sides is heavily in favour of the South African side, but they will be wary of the defeat which was inflicted on them when they travelled to Bangladesh some years ago. Both sides are capable of beating each other, but history and balance swings in favour of the Proteas ever so slightly.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

South Africa

Bangladesh

Overall (20)

17

3

In World Cup (3)

2

1

South Africa’s likely Playing XI

Even after conceding a convincing loss in the first game against England, the Proteas will most probably field the same playing eleven in this match as well. Hashim Amla, who copped with a blow on the head in that match, is expected to be fine for this fixture and will open the batting along with the in-form Quinton de Kock. Aiden Markram will retain his place despite not contributing much in the opening match along with skipper Faf du Plessis, who will bat at four. The pair of Rassie van der Dussen and JP Duminy will also bat in the middle-order.

Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius will be the two all-rounders, while Imran Tahir is the lone specialist spinner in the side. The duo of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will handle the fast bowling duties along with the assistance of the all-rounders.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.

Bangladesh’s likely Playing XI

Bangladesh are struggling with a lot of injury issues as three of their key players in Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza are yet to attain complete fitness. All three will be monitored over the next 24 hours to see whether they will play. If termed fit, Tamim, will open the batting along with Soumya Sarkar. The likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das and Mahmudullah will bat in the middle-order. 

Sabbir Rahman is also very much likely to find a place in the playing eleven. Bangladesh will field a lone specialist spinner in Mehidy Hasan, who will be the key in those middle-overs. The unfit duo of Mortaza and Mustafizur along with Rubel Hossain will form part of the fast bowling attack. 

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Litton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman. 

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.