About the Match
Bangladesh has had a good year so far with comprehensive home wins against countries like Pakistan and India and are charged up for the series against South Africa, which starts with the 1st T20 match on 5th July at Dhaka. The had defeated the hosts in the 2011 world cup which caused their humiliating exit from the tournament and definitely pose a threat here; Bangladesh on the other hand will come out as a more confident unit which can definitely give the visitors a hard time here.
They have registered emphatic wins against India and Pakistan in the ODI format and won the only T20 match of the year so far against Pakistan, which gives them the confidence going ahead in the series against the Proteas. With young guns like Mustafizur Rahman, who shocked the Indian batsmen recently, and established bowlers like Mashrafe Mortaza, who has taken 300 international wickets and Sohag Gazi, the side looks a formidable force to reckon with.
The batting line-up looks good with experienced players like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib-Al-Hasan, who had featured in the last home series against South Africa and will be eager to guide their team from the front. Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain have performed well recently and are good resources with the bat while All-rounders Shakib, Mashrafe Mortaza and Nasir Hossain will have an important role to play.
The bowling unit looks promising with youngsters like Mustafizur, who was responsible for the victories against India, eager to repeat their excellent performance for the team. Overall, they have a talented side which will definitely come out all guns blazing against South Africa.
They have a good record against the hosts in Bangladesh with three wins out of five and are ranked second in T20 internationals just behind Pakistan; they The batting line-up consists of hard-hitters like Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller and the captain himself Faf du Plessis.
The bowling unit has Kyle Abbott, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, David Wiese, Chris Morris and Wayne Parnell as the pace attack while Miller, Duminy, Phangiso, Edie Leie and Rossouw providing the spin options.
South Africa not only has the experience and statistics to its advantage but also has a well-balanced unit comprising of performers with bat and ball, which is a huge positive for the shortest form of the game. They are a consistent side and if the batsmen can survive the Bangladeshi bowlers, there is nothing that can stop them from winning matches here.
Both teams have their own set of positives which will surely make the contest a close one on Sunday. Bangladesh is a rejuvenated side with new talented players and hopes to continue with their winning momentum here; however, South Africa which has a better record against the hosts looks better placed to win the first match