South Africa vs Bangladesh: Third ODI Preview

Batsman faces bowler in front of packed cordon

South Africa will look to complete the whitewash against Bangladesh when the sides meet at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday 22 October. 

With the three-match series already wrapped up, the Proteas can perhaps afford to tinker with their side going into the third ODI at Buffalo Park in East London.

Bangladesh will indeed look to be more clinical with both ball and bat after falling 104-runs short of South Africa’s 353 in Paarl.

South Africa vs Bangladesh | Sunday 22 October | Buffalo Park, East London | 10:00

To Win Match 
South Africa 1/16 | Tie 35/1 | Bangladesh 8/1

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AB de Villiers returned to the international stage with a bang as his whirlwind 121-ball 176 propelled South Africa to 353-6 in the second ODI at Paarl. The former skipper spanked 15 fours and seven sixes as the rest of the South African top order battled away on a slow wicket.

Quinton de Kock looked particularly frustrated by the wet outfield leaving him with scant value for some well-timed shots. Still, de Kock and Hashim Amla opened things well, putting on 90 for the first wicket before Faf du Plessis fell for a second-ball duck after he was bowled by a stonker from Shakib.

The top order should get a bit more value for their shots in East London, though. Squad-wise, it’ll be nice to see a couple of the guys on the periphery get a run. Wiaan Mulder and Temba Bavuma have yet to feature and could do with a bit of a run against an already beaten Bangladesh.

Dane Paterson will also get another bite of the cherry following the withdrawal of Wayne Parnell (groin injury), and one feels that he needs to deliver following two below-par performances in Kimberley and Paarl.

The rest of the attack all performed well on Wednesday. Kagiso Rabada – although not able to take any wickets – was miserly as ever while Andile Phelukwayo was magnificent, taking four wickets for just 40 runs in his 10 overs.

The young Dolphins all-rounder has become an almost indispensable part of the South African attack over the last 12 months. He’s not the quickest around, but his ability to land the ball in the right sort of areas and change the angle of delivery makes him difficult to deal with, especially on slower decks.

Other team news sees Aiden Markram come into the squad as Hashim Amla is afforded a bit of a rest following his exertions in the Tests and the two previous ODI's.

Bangladesh can feel pretty hard done by after their 104-run defeat to the Proteas on Wednesday. They bowled well enough to Amla and de Kock, and when Shakib removed de Kock and du Plessis in the space of three deliveries, they must have felt like they were in with a chance.

Any hopes of keeping a lid on things quickly evaporated as AB de Villiers went absolutely ballistic, smashing 22 boundaries as the Bangladeshi bowlers seemed to be at a loss. Still, they shouldn’t feel too hard done by, when AB is in that mood there aren’t many attacks that can keep him quiet.

One big issue going forward is the batting. There were two decent scores with Imrul Kayes and Mushfiqur Rahim getting into the 60s, but other than that, only Mahmudullah managed to get more than 30. That will have to change, especially against a South African top and middle order that look like they can score 350+ every innings.

Not really sure what they can do personnel wise. I’d probably stick with the spinners, especially going into the Eastern Cape where there generally is a bit more turn on offer. I don’t think they should tinker too much with their top and middle order. The likes of Mushfiqur, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah and Tamin have all shown glimpses of what they can do. If they can fire collectively, the Asians may just have a chance.

Verdict: South Africa 1/16
There’s absolutely no value here and I wouldn’t recommend lumping a large sum on such a rubbish price. Take a look at the value bet below instead. 

Value Bet: Highest opening partnership: South Africa 4/10
Same value bet as the last match, de Kock and Amla are a class apart and will look to give South Africa an ideal start once again. 4/10 is actually a pretty good price and I’m surprised that it’s remained the same following the second ODI. 

Written by Jason Dewey for Hollywoodbets

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