About the Match
South Africa made a clean sweep in the T20 series, winning both the matches against hosts Bangladesh and will now look ahead to dominate the one-day matches; the first ODI will take place on 10th July at Dhaka wherein both sides will make good use of the resources at hand to start the series on a winning note. Bangladesh had a successful ODI series against teams like India and Pakistan and will try to capitalize on the young talent that’s raring to go; South Africa on the other hand have adjusted well to the challenging conditions here and are quite a formidable force to reckon with in this format of the game.
The hosts lost both the T20 matches by big margins due to their inability to chase successfully both times; batsmen like Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman couldn’t live up to the expectations against the South African pacemen and spinners. However, the ODI squad has done well in recent times and they will try to come back stronger here.
Mahmudullah is a good all-rounder who has proven himself many a times; his contribution in the middle order as well as with the ball could click for the team. The batsmen need to find their rhythm against the Protean pace attack and come out all guns blazing if they want to post competitive totals or chase comfortably.
Arafat Sunny, Nasir Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza have been performing well and need to fire from all cylinders if they want to dominate the visitors and take advantage of the home conditions.
Hashim Amla will lead the side with his capabilities as a top order batsman, who can build a solid foundation in the company of experienced players like Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and David Miller. JP Duminy and Rilee Rossouw add depth to the batting line-up and although AB de Villiers will not be featuring in the ODIs, they have young talent who will grab this opportunity to showcase their skills.
Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell will lead the pace attack while Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso are in great form to bring out their lethal spin magic against the Bangladeshis. Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Farhaan Behardien and Ryan McLaren along with all-rounders Duminy, Miller and Rossouw will add variety to the attack.
They have a well-balanced side with players who have been performing consistently in all departments of the game; overall, their preparations for this tour seem to be reaping results for them and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum on Friday.
Although Bangladesh will fight for its pride and try to avenge the T20 series defeat with a win here, we feel that South Africa has a better mix of established batsmen and bowlers, who can turn the match in their favor and triumph in the first ODI on Friday