South Africa vs Bangladesh: Second ODI Preview

Batsman faces bowler in front of packed cordon

South Africa and Bangladesh clash at Boland Park in the second of three One Day Internationals on Wednesday 18 October. 

South Africa will look to take an unassailable 2-0 lead when they go up against Bangladesh when the sides meet at the picturesque Boland Park in Paarl at the weekend.

The tourists will need to put their 10-wicket defeat in Kimberley behind them and are afforded just three days to refocus before the next ODI.

South Africa vs Bangladesh | Wednesday 18 October | Boland Park, Paarl | 12:00

To Win Match
South Africa 1/9 | Tie 40/1 | Bangladesh 11/2

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South Africa 
Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla were in fine form on Sunday as they made an absolute mockery of Bangladesh’s 278-run total on a flat deck in Kimberley. That partnership ensured that the pair have now moved above Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith as South Africa’s most fruitful opening ODI partnership.

This all came about after an average bowling display from the hosts. Dane Paterson started ahead of the injured Wayne Parnell and shared the opening duties with Kagiso Rabada. While the more experienced Rabada put in a superb first spell, Paterson was battered, eventually conceding 69 runs from his nine overs without taking a wicket.

Andile Phelukwayo also had a day to forget with the ball as he allowed the visitors to take 60 runs off of his 10 overs. Dwaine Pretorius and Imran Tahir were both good, however, as regular wickets meant that only Mushfiqur Rahim could get past 30, eventually finishing unbeaten on 110.

The best was yet to come, however, as Amla (110) and de Kock (168) put on an absolute masterclass as they cruised to 282 inside of 43 overs. Looking back, the win would have done wonders for South Africa’s confidence. That said, I’m sure one or two of the other top order batsmen would have liked a bit of time out in the middle.

It’s back to the drawing board for the visitors. Instead of rallying around Mushfiqur, they dropped at regular intervals on their way to a below par 278-7. In all honesty, they were probably a good 50 or 60 runs short of a par score on such a flat wicket.

They found this out the hard way as their bowlers were easily dealt with by the South African openers. All in all, they Mashrafe Mortaza used seven bowlers, none of whom managed a wicket nor were able to concede fewer than 5.66 runs an over.

Chandika Hathurusingha will be hoping to have the talismanic Mustafizur Rahman back in the side for the second ODI. The 22-year-old twisted his ankle in the warm-up in Kimberley and faces a race against time as he looks to be ready for the remainder of the series.

At least the Boland wicket is likely to take a bit more spin than the one in the Northern Cape. That means the likes of Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain / Sabbir Rahman should all come into the game a bit more with the ball.

Even if the wicket spins a bit and the Fiz is ready in time for the commencement of play on Wednesday, Bangladesh still face a veritable mountain against a South African side who will be oozing confidence.

Verdict: South Africa 1/9
There’s only one winner here. The Proteas – even with a severely depleted bowling attack – were still able to roll the Bangladeshis over with minimal fuss. More of the same can be expected in Paarl. 

Value Bet: Highest Opening Partnership: South Africa 4/10
Looking for a bit more value? Get on South Africa to enjoy the highest opening partnership at 4/10. De Kock and Amla displayed just how good they are in home conditions, and while I don’t think they’ll have it all their own way in Paarl, they should offer more than Imrul Kayes and Liton Das.   

Written by Jason Dewey for Hollywoodbets

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