About the Match
It was all one-way traffic when Bangladesh slumped to two massive defeats in the longest format of the game not long ago. They will now face the Proteas in the ODI series beginning on 15th October 2017 at Kimberley. While South Africa have been one of the most difficult sides to beat at home, the visitors will be fancying their chances due to a variety of reasons. South Africa, on the other hand, will be without their lead quick bowlers, all out due to injury, but will still be a major threat. Kimberley's wicket will perhaps suit Bangladesh perhaps more than any on this tour. Going by the domestic trends, the pitch tends to get slower as the match progresses much like Bangladesh's home conditions. It is unlikely to be a high scoring affair and captains will be looking to come out and bat first.
Although their most recent win came against Bangladesh in the home conditions, the wins would have done a world of good to their confidence after the thrashing they received in England. Debutant Aiden Markram will miss out in the ODI series and Quinton de Kock will return to open the innings. Faf du Plessis has already suggested that there won't be many differences to playing XI as compared to Champions Trophy, but we can expect experimentations as we move towards the end of the series and results go their way.
Their bowling will be on a little lighter side with only Kagiso Rabada present from their experienced lineup. Their batting, however, will be strengthened by the joining of AB de Villiers. South Africa are on their way to building their side for 2019 World Cup and we might see some changes to accommodate chances for new players.
South Africa were brilliant in the Test Series and we expect nothing different from them in the ODI series.
Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan will join the squad which will be a big boost for Bangladesh. Their batting was a complete failure in the longest version and the arrival of Shakib Al Hasan will strengthen their middle order. He scored a solid 63 runs knock in the warm up game at Bloemfontein.
Mashrafe Mortaza's experience will add teeth to the bowling attack which looked blunt in the Test Series. Bangladesh were reasonably good in patches, but most of their performance was on the lower end of the spectrum. They'll be looking to improve their performance with a few positives going their way.
Bangladesh did relatively well in the Warmup game and we expect them to fare better as compared to what they did in the Test Series. South Africa were superb in the Test Series and arrival of AB de Villiers will further strengthen their lineup. We expect South Africa to emerge victorious yet again.