About the Match
Having been completely dominated by South Africa throughout the Test and ODI series, and not being able to win a single game till now, Bangladesh will look for some respite in the T20 series beginning on 26th October with the 1st T20 at Bloemfontein. Suffering defeat in the longer format of the game by 0-3, the visitors will try to leverage the absence of some strong performers in the opposition, to make a comeback here. The Proteas on the other hand, have a good mix of young resources and in-form seniors, who will leave no stone unturned to continue the winning momentum. It needs to be seen which side can come out with flying colours here on Thursday.
JP Duminy, the T20 expert, will lead the side and due to Faf du Plessis’ absence, may bat higher up the order to showcase his hard-hitting skills. All-rounder Robbie Frylinck could make his debut and is a great asset in the batting unit along with players like Quinton de Kock, David Miller, the experienced AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla.
The pace attack has been ruthless all throughout the series but with Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell out due to injury, left-arm speedster Beuran Hendricks and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo will come into the mix.
Although Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada are being rested, spinners Tabraiz Shamsi and Aaron Phangiso are in good form and they could pull out some tricks from the bag to stifle the Bangladesh unit. The Proteas are a strong team and will be motivated to finish the series with victory in both the upcoming T20 matches.
Shakib Al Hasan will lead the T20 unit, and despite making very less impact in the ODIs we could see this all-rounder walking the talk with his batting and bowling skills in the shorter form of the game. He has batting resources like Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, all-rounder Mahmudullah, wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das or Nasir Hossain to choose from for the No,7 spot. They can contribute well to keep the scoreboard ticking provided they are able to adjust to the pitch conditions, which is expected to favour the batsmen more than the bowlers.
Spinners like Mehidy Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain and all-rounder Sabbir Rahman can try to outwit the hosts with their variations while experienced pacers like Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam and youngster Mohammad Saifuddin could provide quick breakthroughs if they work out a good strategy.
Bangladesh has suffered humiliating defeat in the Tests and the ODI series, and are seeking redemption here. They will need to put up a better show in all departments of the game if they want to prove themselves on Thursday.
South Africa are clear favourites to win this game, having won all 4 T20Is that they have played till now against Bangladesh; although the hosts are a depleted side, with plenty of match-winners, we feel South Africa will emerge victorious here.