The upcoming ICC World Cup 2023 match between South Africa and Bangladesh at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on 24 October 2023, promises to be an exciting encounter.
Both teams have a history in the World Cup, having faced each other four times in the past. The Proteas have secured two convincing victories, while the Bangla Tigers have also managed to win on two occasions.
Notably, their last encounter in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup was a high-scoring and memorable match, where Bangladesh caused an upset by emerging victorious. With such history, fans can expect an intense and competitive battle between these two teams.
As of their current position in the ICC World Cup 2023 standings, South Africa finds themselves in the 3rd position. After a setback with an unexpected loss to the Netherlands, the Proteas made a remarkable comeback with a convincing victory over England.
In their recent match against England, South Africa showcased their prowess in both batting and bowling. Batting first, they displayed an exceptional team effort, amassing an imposing total of 399 runs. Their bowlers mirrored this excellence, preventing any of the English batters from settling in, ultimately bundling the entire England team out for a mere 170 runs.
This resounding victory by 229 runs not only secured valuable points but also bolstered their run rate significantly. The Proteas will undoubtedly seek to maintain this newfound momentum as they face Bangladesh in their upcoming match.
Bangladesh’s performance in the ICC World Cup 2023 hasn’t been up to their expectations, with the team currently placed in the 6th position in the points table. While they had a promising start with an inaugural victory over Afghanistan, they have since faced three consecutive defeats.
In their recent match against India, Bangladesh posted a total of 256 runs while batting first. However, their bowlers struggled to contain the Indian batting lineup, Virat Kohli who scored a century. His elegance at the crease proved to be a challenging puzzle for the Bangladeshi bowlers, as India chased down the target comfortably within 42 overs.
As the Bangla Tigers face South Africa in the upcoming match, they’ll be looking to turn their fortunes around and regain momentum in the tournament. It’s a crucial juncture for them to get back on track and climb the points table in the ICC World Cup 2023.
Probable Playing XI
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
The Wankhede Stadium is known for its typically flat surface, offering a good amount of bounce and carry. This makes it favourable for batsmen, as they can play their shots with freedom. The relatively short boundaries at the stadium add to the batsmen’s advantage.
In evening matches at Wankhede, the dew factor can become a significant variable, making it easier for the team batting second to chase down a target. This dynamic adds an interesting dimension to day/night games.
There have been instances where the pitch has provided some assistance to the bowlers, particularly spinners. As the game progresses, spinners might find turn and grip, posing challenges for batsmen. Therefore, the pitch at Wankhede Stadium is known for offering a balanced contest between bat and ball
- Total Matches Played – 24
- Matches Won Batting First – 12
- Matches Won Batting Second – 12
- Average First Innings Score – 251
- Average Runs Per Over – 5.18
Players To Watch Out For
Quinton De Kock
After scoring two consecutive power-packed centuries against Sri Lanka and Australia, De Kock faced early dismissals in the matches against the Netherlands and England. As he gears up for the upcoming clash, there’s a keen anticipation for him to regain his form and deliver a significant, match-defining innings.
What makes De Kock even more intriguing is his impressive record against Bangladesh, having accumulated 428 runs at an average of 53.5 and a strike rate of 103.7. Given his adaptability and aggressive batting style, the conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are expected to align with his strengths.
De Kock’s form and past success against Bangladesh make him a vital player for South Africa in this crucial encounter, and fans will be eager to see if he can deliver another commanding performance.
Kagiso Rabada, the pace maestro, will undoubtedly be a key figure in this upcoming match. With an impressive tally of 8 wickets in 4 games so far in the ICC World Cup 2023, Rabada is in superb form, making him a potent force in the Proteas’ bowling attack.
What’s more, Rabada has a formidable track record against Bangladesh in ODIs, having taken 19 wickets in just 10 matches at an average of 21.5 and an economy of 4.9.If he’s on song, Rabada has the potential to tear apart Bangladesh’s batting order
His ability to consistently pick up wickets and his knack for troubling the opposition’s batting lineup make him a game-changer. He can significantly contribute to South Africa’s quest for victory with the ball.
Litton Das has been the standout performer with the bat for Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup 2023. With two half-centuries in four innings, he has emerged as the highest scorer for the team in the tournament, amassing a total of 155 runs at a strike rate of 92.8
Litton’s ability to deliver in crucial moments is a testament to his big-match temperament, as he managed to score fifties against strong opponents like England and India.
As the Bangla Tigers prepare to face South Africa, Litton Das will be a key player to watch, and he’ll likely aim to take on the South African pacers and contribute significantly on what’s expected to be a good batting wicket in Mumbai.
Mahmudullah’s inclusion in the team was aimed at adding experience, and he has certainly lived up to that role. In his two innings so far, he has demonstrated his value, scoring 87 runs at an impressive strike rate of 102.35
What’s particularly noteworthy is his ability to play the finisher’s role effectively, which can be one of the most challenging aspects of limited-overs cricket. With his consistent performances, Mahmudullah has not only provided stability to the middle order but also contributed significantly to his team’s efforts.
As Bangladesh seeks to improve their position in the ICC World Cup 2023, Mahmudullah’s role as an experienced finisher will be crucial, and fans will be eager to see him continue his fine form and guide his team to success.
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