The 23rd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played between South Africa and Bangladesh. It will be played on 24th October 2023 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Following is the South Africa vs Bangladesh Preview for World Cup 2023.
South Africa vs Bangladesh Match Preview
South Africa are one of the hot favorites to win the World Cup 2023. They have been impressive in this event. Twice, they have set the target of 400 or above for the opponents. In their previous game at Wankhede, they posted 399 against England and won that game by 229 runs.
Bangladesh on the other hand have had a dull campaign. They won against Afghanistan by 6 wickets and after that, they suffered three heavy defeats. They are on a losing streak of 3 games right now and it is hard that it will be over after this game.
Wankhede will be no different. Little bit of assistance for the Pacers but a heaven for the batters. Bangladesh needs to test South Africa with the chase. So far, in only one game South Africa was asked to chase and they choked against the Netherlands. So Bangladesh can think of batting first if they win the toss.
South Africa won’t have to do anything special at all. They can stick to their basics and continue playing the way they are. They have 3 wins currently, after beating Bangladesh they would have 4 wins and they still have one game against a relatively easier opponent (Afghanistan), so things would be easy for them in terms of qualification. The Proteas will begin this game as favorites.
South Africa Expected Playing XI
South Africa will have Temba Bavuma back as the update is that he has recovered from the fever. He will replace Reeza Hendricks.
Probable XI: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (C), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Gerald Coetzee, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Lungi Ngidi
Bangladesh Expected Playing XI
Bangladesh will have the services of their regular skipper Shakib. He will come back and replace Nasum Ahmed.
Probable Lineup: 1 Tanzid Hasan, 2 Litton Das, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (C), 5 Towhid Hridoy, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 8 Mahmudullah, 9 Hasan Mahmud, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
South Africa vs Bangladesh Head to Head Record
The head-to-head record between these two sides is equal in World Cup history. They have played 4 times with each side winning 2 games each. Overall, South Africa has defeated Bangladesh 18 times in ODI cricket, while Bangladesh have defeated them 6 times.
Players to Watch-Out For
South Africa’s entire batting lineup is a threat. They have batted really well. Let it be de Kock, RVD, Markram or the hero of the last game, Heinrich Klaasen. All of them are in tremendous touch and can wreak havoc again at Wankhede. Marco Jansen also smoked 75(42) against England and also took 2/35. His extra height gives him great advantage with the bat and, the ball too.
Gerald Coetze is someone to be watchful of with the ball. His quick arm action, extra pace and surprise deliveries can really break the momentum of the batting side. He was the top wicket-taker of South Africa with 3/35 against England.
Bangladesh will rely on Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. The two veteran batters players batted well against India and they will have to continue the same against South Africa as well. Bangladesh’s top order also showed some form in the previous game. They just need to continue this momentum and score big.
With the ball, the pacers need to improve their economy rate and start taking wickets. The return of Shakib-al-Hasan will also boost the bowling attack as he is very accurate and effective in these conditions.
South Africa vs Bangladesh Toss Prediction
The Toss is likely to go South Africa’s way and they will opt to bat first.
Bangladesh vs South Africa Match Prediction
South Africa will be favorites here with 70 percent chance of winning the game.