The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host the crucial match between Bangladesh and South Africa on Tuesday, 24 October.
With the pressure mounting, Bangladesh is entering a critical phase in their campaign where every match is a potential decider. However, they face a formidable opponent in South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium.
South Africa’s recent performance against England at the same venue was nothing short of spectacular, resulting in one of the most decisive victories of the tournament.
The real challenge for Bangladesh lies in curbing the South African batting line-up that has decimated three of the four bowling attacks they’ve encountered in India so far.
For the Proteas, another triumph would further solidify their position for a semi-final berth.
Despite the odds, Bangladesh holds a record of two consecutive victories against South Africa in the Cricket World Cup. They are banking on their charismatic captain Shakib Al Hasan to recover from his injury and lead the team against the Proteas.
South Africa’s Squad:
Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Players to Watch
Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan’s absence in the previous match was felt deeply by the Bangladesh team, with both their batting and bowling departments appearing noticeably weaker.
For Bangladesh to have any chance of making it to the semi-finals, they need a fully fit and in-form Shakib. His experience will be invaluable against a team as formidable as South Africa.
South Africa – Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock has been instrumental in South Africa’s two opening victories, setting the stage for his team’s impressive totals.
Despite a hiccup against England, his century against Sri Lanka off just 84 balls was a masterclass in batting. He continued his form against Australia with another century, scoring at a rate of more than a run per ball.
While South Africa’s middle order is packed with power hitters, they require a solid start to build upon, and De Kock is often the architect of that platform.