Fri, Mar 18, 11:06pm by Kevin Pitstock
Bangladesh’s World Cup Campaign:
South Africa’s World Cup Campaign:
We’ve yet to see the best of Tamim Iqbal this World Cup. The 21-year-old has scored 152 runs at 30.4, but he would be very keen to produce a big innings against a quality outfit like South Africa. Tamim is clearly Bangladesh’s best batsman, with a wide range of shots and an impeccable technique. The opening batsman will need to get off to a good start, for the sake of his team and him personally.
Dale Steyn’s first World Cup for South Africa has been a successful one so far. The 27-year-old has taken 10 wickets at an average of 15, including an outstanding haul of 5/50 when it mattered most against the Indians. Steyn has been slightly overshadowed by spinners Imran Tahir and Robin Peterson, who have taken 21 wickets between them for the tournament. But if the paceman can take early wickets, it will give the Proteas some much needed momentum heading into the quarter-finals.
Partly cloudy – maximum temperature of 30 degrees
Likely Bangladesh Team:
Likely South Africa Team:
After England stole victory out of the hands of West Indies last night, Bangladesh now must punch above its weight and win this match against South Africa.
The last time the Tigers played in Dhaka, they were bowled out for an embarrassing 58 against the Windies. It was ugly to say the least, but perhaps it was the turning point in their short cricket history.
Bangladesh came into this tournament with one goal – to make the quarter-finals. That aspiration seemed unlikely when the team went down to the Windies in their third match of the tournament. But an inspirational victory against England, where they chased down 225 in a tight finish, has kept the goal within reach.
Besides a minor hiccup against the Poms, South Africa’s campaign has gone very smoothly so far. The Proteas’ win against India in Nagpur proved to the cricket world they mean business and should be taken very seriously. Their biggest strength is the depth in the squad. Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Johan Botha, Colin Ingram and Wayne Parnell are all very capable players and are all ready to perform if they are called upon.
From all reports, the Dhaka pitch won’t be a typical subcontinent pitch that favours batsman. Therefore the more nuggetty and patient batsman, who score their runs using accumulation rather than aggression, will be rewarded.
Despite a supportive home crowd and a little extra emotion, it’s hard to see the Tigers getting anywhere near the South Africans. The class difference between the two teams is too great.
Expect the South African top order to quickly put an end to Bangladesh’s slim quarter-final hopes.
Best Head-To-Head Bet:
South Africa ($1.18 – Sportingbet)
Other Suggested Bets:
South Africa Most Wickets – Dale Steyn ($3.00 – Sportingbet)
Man Of The Match – Dale Steyn ($7.00 – Sportingbet)
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