South Africa will be eagerly waiting for this game. After close finishes against two of the big teams in the group, they will face Netherlands as an opportunity to get record a big win. Netherlands is the only associate among the teams in Super 10 stage. They came to knew that they can’t pass this stage after a disaster against Sri Lanka but will be looking forward to destroy other team’s chances and try to record an upset. Peter Borren captain too said that as they made it into the main draw and it’s time for them to justify it. The next two matches are must win for South Africa and even after then, it could come down to net run-rate as they will be facing Netherlands at Chittagong on Thursday.

Weather Conditions:

Chittagong is only ground of this World T20 where rain is expected to spoilsport. Despite of storms in the city at night, the match day is forecasted as sunny and clear with only a 10% probability of rain.

Pitch:

This stadium has seven surfaces for this tournament to avoid getting damaged and so totals have been remained high. That is why here track is on a bit quicker end than the Mirpur’s. It will be helping the spinners with a good help for seamers at the start.

Stats:

South Africa and Netherlands have never gone face to face in a T20I match but they have met in four ODIs and as expectedly South Africa winning all the matches. And the smallest margin of them was 83 runs. But the most of them will be remembered was their meeting in 2007 World Cup where Gibbs smashed 6 sixers in one over.

Netherlands has three South African born players in their team: Stephan Myburgh, Wesley Barresi and Eric Szwarczynski.

Teams:

Netherlands have played all their four matches with the same XI but now we may see some changes. Borren hinted it is not likely, though. “We got bowled out for 39 and we can’t make eleven changes. It would be tough on anyone to miss from that performance because everyone was responsible,” he said. Having only one extra batsman in the squad in form of Eric Szwarczynski, but it will be interesting whom they want to drop for him.

Netherlands (probable):

Stephan Myburgh, Michael Swart, Wesley Barresi (wkt), Tom Cooper, Peter Borren (capt), Ben Cooper, Mudassar Bukhari, Logan van Beek, Pieter Seelaar, Timm van der Gugten, Ahsan Malik.

Wayne Parnell has a chance to play in this match, after the Morne Morkel’s poor show against New Zealand, but his call over a court case in Mumbai has ruled him out. It means it could be an opportunity for left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks in place of Morkel. South Africa may also rest their captain du Plessis as their team was fined for slow over-rates and they may not want to risk him being suspended for a crucial group stage match against England on Saturday.

South Africa (probable):

Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP DuminyAB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis/Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn , Morne Morkel/Beuran Hendricks, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.

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