About the Match
Things continued to go downhill for the visitors as they succumbed to a 10-wicket defeat in the first ODI. South Africa, on the other hand, once again impressed with their powerful batting and relentless approach. The two teams meet once again in the second One Day International at Paarl on 18th October 2017. Chasing has been the order of the day at this venue and with pitch expected to speed up as the game progresses, we expect captains to win the toss and field first.
As seen in the Test series, South Africa were utterly ruthless in the first ODI as well. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock imposed themselves on the Bangladeshi bowling such that even the target of 287 looked miniscule. Other batsmen did not get a chance to bat as the Proteas chased down the target with 10 wickets to spare.
Faf du Plessis once again hinted about the experimentation we are going to see as the series progresses. He was considering sending Andile Phelukwayo in at 1-down as coming in and hitting from the word go could be his role in ’19 World Cup. Bowlers weren’t as effective as the batsmen, but that could well be due to the fact that pitches have become roads in recent time. South Africa, overall, were brilliant and with flawless performance in the first ODI, they look all set for a clinical performance in the second ODI as well.
While their batting improved a lot as compared to the way it was in Test series, we saw the same toothless performance from their bowlers. To rub salt to injuries, Mustafizur Rahman has been ruled out of the series. Tamim Iqbal will make his way back into the side after missing out in the first game due to injury.
We do not see Bangladesh tinkering with their batting too much, but we might see their bowling get a complete makeover given the performances we have seen from them in the series. The pitch too is expected to provide no assistance for the bowlers whatsoever, picking up wickets will be an uphill task for the bowlers.
Bangladesh have played shockingly poor cricket and with such a big difference between the two sides, they would have to improve massively and chances of that happening looks bleak at the moment.
The two teams have been exactly opposite as far as their performances is concerned. With nothing going for Bangladesh in the series and South Africa being playing ruthless cricket, we expect the Proteas to thump the tigers once again.