A 282-run opening partnership between South Africa’s Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla demolished a depleted-Bangladesh side in a brutal onslaught at Kimberley. There was clearly no sympathy in the house for the visitors, the Proteas didn’t take the foot of their opponents throat for a second.
This is just what you’d expect from a team of this caliber, South Africa are ranked no. 1 in the world at the moment in this format (ODI) of the game compared to their opponents who are barely holding seventh spot, and the outcome certainly shown. Credit to Bangladesh though, the expectation was they were going to struggle to post a 200+ score which they did with relative ease, but the way South Africa batted shows that maybe they weren’t as good as the scoreboard suggested on a flattish-wicket. Proteas spearhead Kagiso Rabada picked up his fourth four-wicket haul in One-Day International cricket, bowling a superior line & length with rewarded him with 4/43. Fortunately for the tourists, the home side don’t have the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott in the side which definitely restricts the scoreboard carnage somewhat, but Rabada and Imran Tahir are two very-capable bowlers who can drag an opposition team underwater in quick succession. The batting strength in this side will probably win all the matches alone, Bangladesh couldn’t even break the opening partnership between Amla and de Kock which spiraled out of control in the end, it was almost like those two were on autopilot. At just 24-years of age, Quinton de Kock notched up his 13th ODI hundred with a cataclysmic 168 runs off 145 deliveries, that included 21 boundaries and a couple sixes. Veteran Hashim Amla just came along for a joy ride, cruising to yet another ODI century (110) for South Africa as the Proteas knocked off Bangladesh’s total with no wickets down and just over seven overs remaining. It probably couldn’t get any worse for Bangladesh, then again Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, David Miller and JP Duminy weren’t required with the bat, it’s going to be a long series for the visitors either way.
South Africa is right up there for one of the toughest road trips in cricket, it can be unrelenting with a vast majority of different surfaces that can get you into a spot of bother if you’re not careful. Not to mention the superstar line-up they posses, especially in the limited overs format with “Mr. 360” AB de Villiers and some power-hitting bulls throughout their top and middle order. Looking back on the first match, Mushfiqur Rahim saved Bangladesh from completely capitulating surrounded by a lot of good starts, but the execution just wasn’t there to go on with the innings. Rahim was able to keep the runs flowing in his vital knock of 110, collecting 11 boundaries and some sixes which did wonders for Bangladesh’s overall total. As mentioned before, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah all made a great start to their innings, but they terribly-lacked execution & concentration which was their biggest downfall in the end. That’s probably the biggest factor that separates both these sides, South Africa are a quality outfit who know how to build those solid stepping stones and progress to the next level, Bangladesh just seem to lose patience and go for a shot that isn’t really needed. Even the likes of Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain were disappointing down the order, they’re two very capable batsmen who can score quickly if they lose a couple of early wickets. It was a debut to forget for Mohammad Saifuddin, he was Bangladesh’s most expensive bowler going for 9.20 runs an over in his five overs. Nobody looked threatening with the ball for the Tigers, Mashrafe Mortaza was their best bowler with 0/50 off 8.5 overs, not exactly convincing though.
Top 5 fantasy picks | South Africa | 2nd ODI | Paarl
- Hashim Amla
- Quinton de Kock
- Faf du Plessis
- Kagiso Rabada
- Imran Tahir
Top 5 fantasy picks | Bangladesh | 2nd ODI | Paarl
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Rubel Hossain
- Tamim Iqbal
Team News | South Africa
After putting their opponent to the sword in the first one-dayer, South Africa have no reason to make any changes to their playing XI and could go in unchanged. Wayne Parnell picked up a groin strain prior to the first ODI at Kimberley which gifted Dane Paterson an ODI debut, if Parnell proves his fitness he could come straight back into the side for the second game in place of Paterson.
South Africa (possible) – 1. Quinton de Kock (wk) 2. Hashim Amla 3. Faf du Plessis (c) 4. AB de Villiers 5. David Miller 6. JP Duminy 7. Dwaine Pretorius 8. Wayne Parnell/Dane Paterson 9. Andile Phehlukwayo 10. Kagiso Rabada 11. Imran Tahir.
Team News | Bangladesh
Bangladesh have two question marks ahead of this second ODI in Cape Town, one of them being the availability of star bowler Mustafizur Rahman. The 22-year-old has reportedly picked up an ankle injury and is in doubt for the remainder of the series, suspected to be a twisted ankle which ruled him out of the first match. The second injury concern for Bangladesh is Tamim Iqbal who was ruled out of the second test late last month with a hamstring issue, but was retained for the ODI series. Apparently he just missed out on playing the first ODI, so he’s a good chance to make his return in Paarl. If Iqbal fails the fitness test, Soumya Sarkar is waiting on the sidelines and could possibly replace Imrul Kayes. Last games centurion Mushfiqur Rahim also picked up a hamstring injury while reaching triple figures, so he now finds himself under a bit of a cloud heading into the next match in Cape Town.
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Imrul Kayes/Tamim Iqbal 2. Liton Das (wk) 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mushfiqur Rahim/Soumya Sarkar 5. Mahmudullah 6. Sabbir Rahman 7. Nasir Hossain 8. Mohammad Saifuddin 9. Mashrafe Mortaza (c) 10. Taskin Ahmed 11. Rubel Hossain.
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