SA v BAN

2ND TEST – SOUTH AFRICA VS BANGLADESH – FANTASY PREVIEW

After facing the heavy defeat in the first test, the visitors Bangladesh looks more weaken ahead of second and final test of the series against South Africa. Bangladesh in a situation of playing this test without Tamim Iqbal while South Africa eyes on another big win and start their long home season by winning the series convincingly. Second test match between South Africa vs Bangladesh scheduled to start at 10 AM Local | 1:30 PM IST on Friday, 6th October 2017.

 

SOUTH AFRICA :

After the disappointing tour of England, Faf du Plessis led-side started their home season with the first test against Bangladesh last week. The home advantage and players contribution after good time of rest helped the side to register a victory by a margin of 333 runs. South Africa would be more stronger in this second test match, as they got a green track in Bloemfontein. Morne Morkel who got a regular place in South Africa squad over past few months, sidelined with injuries earlier this week. As Morkel ruled out, South Africa will make one forceful change in their winning combination. The openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram gave a very good start in the first innings of first test. They have added almost 200 runs for the first wicket partnership. Markram managed to score an impressive 97 & 15 runs respectively on his debut test. Dean Elgar received man of the match award for his knock of 199 runs in the first innings. He missed well deserved double-century by just one run. Both the openers could possibly offer similar performances in this test as well. The well experienced Hashim Amla is back into his real form and scored 137 and 28 runs respectively. He is the key player for sure and expecting another big century from him in next 5 days. Captain Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 26 runs in the first innings, then came with good knock 81 runs in second innings. He is another big match player, there could be no surprises if he comes with century or double-century in this game.

The wicket keeper Quinton de Kock used to bat in the middle-order in test cricket. He did not get chance to bat in the first innings, but in second innings he dismissed for just 8 runs. We could not judge him with that one innings, the 23-years old has played plenty of match winning knocks across the format and he is capable of scoring big runs in this game. Temba Bavuma, the middle-order batsman promoted to no. 4 and he fulfills the gap of AB de Villiers with his impressive performances. He scored 31* and 71 runs respectively in the last test, hopefully will score much more runs in Bloemfontein. Theunis de Bruyn is unlikely to get a game as the team looks solid with the current batting line-up. The bowling all rounder Andile Phehlukwayo made his test debut in the last game, he will keep his place safe in the XI. He did not get much of opportunity to explore his skills in last test, hopefully it will change in this game. Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner has picked 7 wickets in Potchefstroom, he could be key in Bloemfontein as well. There would be debate between the bowling all rounder Wayne Parnell and the new comer Dane Paterson to take a place of an injured Morne Morkel. Parnell has a bright chances as Proteas would prefer to go with an experienced bowler. The front-line pacer Kagiso Rabada claimed 5 wickets in the last match, he is must pick bowler in this pace and bouncy green track. Duanne Olivier is expected to keep his place safe in the XI as a third pacer.

 

BANGLADESH :

Bangladesh test team traveled to South Africa without their prime all rounder Shakib al Hasan, now they lost another most experienced player Tamim Iqbal who suffered and ruled out with thigh injury. All bowlers had a tough time on first two days of last test as they struggled to claim a wickets of South African batsmen. They shown better job in second innings, but still not able to bowled out the home side once in a test. An half-centuries by Mominul and Mahmudullah and decent contributions from other middle-order batsmen, Bangladesh managed to post 320 runs on the board in the first innings. But everything gone in wrong way in match deciding second innings where they bowled out for just 90 runs. It is going to be more tough time for the visitors as they heading to play without Tamim Iqbal and also on bouncy green track in Bloemfontein. As Tamim ruled out with an injury, Soumya Sarkar will open the innings along with Imrul Kayes. Plenty of responsibilities on the shoulders of both Sarkar and Kayes. Mominul Haque batted at no. 3 and scored very useful 77 runs in first innings, but unfortunately dismissed for zero in second. He is expected to play another fighting knock in this test. Liton Das does the wicket keeper’s duty and managed to score 25 and 4 runs respectively. He may get another chance in the XI.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim was disappointed with his team’s performances in the first test and looking forward to the betterment in Bloemfontein. As an individual, he scored 44 runs in the first innings and also scored just 16 runs in second innings. He used to play quite well in Bangladesh’s middle-order in test cricket, there could be no surprise if he come with century or more in this test. The batting all rounder Mahmudullah who came back into the test side by fulfilling the gap of Shakib, batted well in first innings of the first test. He played a good knock of 64 runs in that innings, he didn’t get much of overs to bowl in both innings. But, expecting him to get more opportunities in this test. Sabbir Rahman bats at no. 7 in test format and he plays his role well. He will keep his place in the XI, hopefully will play better cricket this time around. The spinner Mehidy Hasan had a poor game in Potchefstroom where he remained wicket-less in both innings after bowled 67 overs totally. Some chances for him to give away a place to Taijul Islam, but hopefully he will get another chance in this game. Bangladesh played with three men pace attack, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam and Taskin Ahmed respectively. Among three of them, Taskin remained wicket less in both innings. But, based on the track in Bloemfontein, Shafiul Islam may dropped from the XI. In that case, Rubel Hossain might into the XI as a third seamer.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

SOUTH AFRICA :

  • Hashim Amla
  • Aiden Markram
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Temba Bavuma
  • Quinton de Kock
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Wayne Parnell
  • Kagiso Rabada

 

BANGLADESH :

  • Soumya Sarkar
  • Mushfiqur Rahim
  • Mominul Haque
  • Mahmudullah
  • Sabbir Rahman
  • Mustafizur Rahman
  • Taskin Ahmed

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

SOUTH AFRICA :

1. Aiden Markram, 2. Dean Elgar, 3. Hashim Amla, 4. Temba Bavuma, 5. Faf du Plessis, 6. Quinton de Kock, 7. Andile Phehlukwayo, 8. Wayne Parnell / Dane Paterson, 9. Kagiso Rabada, 10. Keshav Maharaj, 11. Duanne Olivier.

 

BANGLADESH :

1. Soumya Sarkar, 2. Imrul Kayes, 3. Mominul Haque, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim, 5. Mahmudullah, 6. Liton Das, 7. Sabbir Rahman, 8. Mehidy Hasan / Taijul Islam, 9. Taskin Ahmed, 10. Shafiul Islam / Rubel Hossain, 11. Mustafizur Rahman.

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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