In match number 23 of World Cup 2023, South Africa and Bangladesh will meet for glory at Wankhede Stadium. Both teams are at different tangents of the point table but they both will be eyeing a win on Tuesday.
South Africa's winning streak ended with a shocking loss against the Netherlands. They are currently in the third spot with two wins and a net run rate of +1.385. The top bookmakers in India have World Cup odds with them.
Bangladesh is currently in the 7th position with a single win and a net run rate of -0.784. The team management will be concerned with declining performance and would like to make things better in the camp before it's too late.
Kagiso Rabada has picked up 2,3, and 2 wickets in the last 3 ODIs and has picked up 16 wickets in 8 ODIs in the year 2023.
The betting tip is...
Kagiso Rabada to pick 2.5+ wickets
Bangladesh witnessed a disappointing loss against team India in their previous fixture. Even after a good start, the team was unable to reach a winnable score. Batting first, Tanzid Hasan (51 off 43) and Litton Das (66 off 82) gave a good start to the team.
However, once their partnership was broken, Najmul Hasan Shanto, Mehidy Hasan, and Towhid Hridoy were gone for an overall score of 27.
It was Mushfiqur Rahim (38 off 46) and Mahmudullah (46 off 36) who tried handling the situation in the lower order but it was too late and the damage was already done.
The bowlers also failed to break the partnership at the right time. Mehidy Hasan picked up two crucial wickets of Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer but it didn't change anything for the team. Against South Africa, Bangladesh’s bowlers need to step up the game because the opposition has a good depth.
Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan will be looking forward to another solid partnership to give their team a good start against the Proteas bowling attack.
Predicted Lineup: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed
An upset for the Proteas squad was disheartening but it is also an alarm at the right time to do the right things for the right result. Skipper Temba Bavuma needs to score runs in the top order. His consecutive failure is creating problems in the middle order.
He has just scored 59 runs in the 3 games at an average of 19.66 which is disappointing and not at all expected. Quinton de Kock is the primary player to watch out for. He is one of the leading scorers in the tournament with two centuries and can come out as a match-winner against Bangladesh.
Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and David Miller form the deadly middle order of the team. These four players are excelled in playing spin attack and can score runs in any conditions.
Lungi Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, and Marco Jansen have raised the bar for the Proteas pace attack. They carry the talent to do damage to any strong opposition. Rabada will be the bowler to watch as he has picked up 7 wickets in the last 3 fixtures.
Keshav Maharaj has not been successful with his variations in the tournament and hence the team might use Tabraiz Shamsi.
Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, and Kagiso Rabada will be the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee.
Bangladesh has struggled in front of bigger teams this year, especially on foreign pitches. They have a weak middle order which has been inconsistent in the World Cup as of now.
The Proteas, on the other hand, have an excellent depth in their batting and with pace bowlers in the right form. We predict a win for South Africa on Tuesday against Bangladesh.