South Africa Vs Bangladesh: Match Preview, Prediction for 1st Test
As South Africa are playing at home with the new chief coach from Caribbean Ottis Gibson, who succeeded long-established Head Coach Russell Domingo, the side is expecting to face a spirited Bangladesh which is being known for an impressive run in the gentleman’s game of late.
The hosts led by Faf du Plessis has fast bowling portent available in the form of Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, and Duanne Olivier, who eventually become a strong force to reckon at their backyard.
However, the emergence of the two uncapped players in the Test set-up in the form of rookie opening batsman Aiden Markram and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo is expected to bring the stability to a side after losing their previous four-match Investec Test series 1-3 in England in August.
On the other hand, seam-bowling all-rounder Chris Morris is nursing the lower back issue, as Dale Steyn has already ruled himself out to prepare himself for a long-run after undergoing the major shoulder surgery recently.
Moreover, the pace gun Vernon Philander is expected to be the part of the Proteas Test squad for the second Test which is scheduled in Bloemfontein.
Hosts Packed Batting Line-up:
The Proteas reliance would be on senior campaigner Hashim Amla alongside du Plessis and wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock to put pressure on the new pace bowling stock of Bangladesh.
Moreover, the opening batsman Dean Elgar has shown his quality with the bat while donning the white jersey to play longer innings with such an ease in England.
Fast Bowling Force:
The hosts’ bowlers are further capable of making the numbers in their favor on any of the surfaces even when they are playing except well-established pace portent, as Morne Morkel is expected to bend his back to extract from the lively surface.
While talking about the Bangladesh batters, the Tigers could face an acid test while batting on the bouncy surfaces, as Soumya Sarkar alongside Imrul Kayes has struggled with the new ball against Australia at home.
So much so, due to the lack of options within the set-up the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) national selectors have hinged on their struggling batsmen after unit played a significant role in the first Test against Australia at Mirpur in Dhaka.
With inexperienced bowling coming to the forth, Bangladesh youngsters have to prove a lot in the alien conditions, as the selectors back home have strengthened the fast bowling department with Subashis Roy while announcing the 15-member squad for the Tour of the African continent.
Ahead of the first Test which is scheduled at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on September 28 (Thursday), Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is confident to play while relying on their strength against World No. 2 Test side.
The ninth-ranked team Bangladesh had dealt a severe blow when prolific all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan requested BCB to grant him an extended leave to return the all-format cricket.
Interestingly, with the induction of all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, the side looks balanced after he was in the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Opening Stand for Bangladesh is crucial:
The senior campaigner in the side Tamim Iqbal would be aiming to continue with his progress after a splendid show in the two-match Test series against Australia, particularly in Dhaka.
Moreover, Soumya Sarkar has been using the practice wickets to acclimatize the conditions, as he is looking forward to being in good stead against the top-notch side.
Bangladesh Spinners have to work hard:
The spinning duo of the Tigers in the form of Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam has to put an extra effort after Shakib Al Hasan has been allowed to rest.
The slow bowlers have an edge to test the quality batters of the side which has further a history of struggling against the spinners.
Expectations from the Test:
It’s highly like the hosts are going to win the Test fixture. However, the Tigers are expected to give them a tough fight while relying on their experienced campaigners on tour.
The Bangladeshi players would be aiming to set a benchmark while giving out their hundred percent to fetch big in South Africa
Two-match Test series in 2015:
The last time both teams faced each other in the two-match Test series was in July 2015 when both Tests were drawn in Chittagong and Dhaka respectively.
South Africa’s Predicted XI for 1st Test: Faf du Plessis (CC), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Bangladesh’s Predicted XI for 1st Test: Mushfiqur Rahim (C&Wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain.
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