South Africa vs Bangladesh: On Sunday, December 03, 2023, South Africa will take on Bangladesh in the 1st fixture of the three-match T20I series at the Sahara Park Willowmoore Cricket Stadium. The game is expected to be a highly anticipated cricketing showdown as both sides are in good form presently.
South Africa are coming into the series after some fine performances against New Zealand in their previous series. They managed to win the ODI series and tied the T20I series 1-1. South Africa has named a new captain, Laura Wolvaardt. She has been named as their full-time skipper after her success as the temporary captain.
Wolvaardt guided the team to back-to-back ODI series wins over Pakistan and New Zealand. Meanwhile, the Proteas will miss their experienced all-rounder Marizanne Kapp who has been rested for the T20I series. The team will expect their skipper to lead from the front in this clash as she has been in great form.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will head into the T20I series with their best form. The team is high on confidence after their win in the recently concluded ODI and T20I series against Pakistan.
Bangladesh delivered a few impressive performances in that series, securing a notable win. The team will be led by the experienced Nigar Sultana. All-rounder Lata Mondal will also make her return to the T20 squad. Bangladesh will look to carry their winning momentum into the upcoming series.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Match Details
Date and Time: 03 December 2023, Sunday, 05:30 PM IST
Venue: Sahara Park Willowmoore Cricket Stadium, Benoni, South Africa
Live Streaming: FanCode
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Pitch Report
The surface at this venue is excellent for batting and also has some assistance for seamers. The pacers will get a lot of movement with the new ball early on. The toss winner should opt to bat first at this pitch as it is an appropriate surface to put on runs on the board.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this fixture is bright and sunny with no chances of rain or any other weather interruptions in the match. The temperature is expected to be around 31-degree Celsius with 26% humidity.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Probable Playing XIs
South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt (c), Tazmin Brits, Anne Bosch, Sune Luus, Lara Goodall, Chloe Tryon, Nonkluele Mlaba, Masabata Klaas, Ayabongha Khaka, Sinalo Jafta, Nondumiso Shangase.
Bangladesh: Shamina Sultana, Fargana Hoque, Sobhana Mostery, Nigar Sultana (c), Ritu Moni, Nahida Akhter, Marufa Akhter, Lata Mondal, Fahima Khatun, Shona Akhter, Sultana Khatun.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Head-to-Head Records
South Africa have a dominant head-to-head record over Bangladesh in T20I cricket. They have emerged victorious in 10 out of 11 matches played so far between the two sides. While Bangladesh have registered just a single win.
Prediction: South Africa to win the match.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Key Players
- Laura Wolvaardt: She has been in tremendous form currently as she has a great WBBL season. Wolvaardt can be backed to come good against Bangladesh. Her role as a captain and batter will be very crucial for South Africa.
- Masabata Klaas: She had a good series against New Zealand recently. Klaas will look to replicate her performance while facing Bangladesh. She is a good wicket-taking option for South Africa as she strikes when needed.
- Nigar Sultana: She is the Bangladesh skipper and has been in superb form. Sultana is scoring runs and will be looked upon as the top run-scorer for her side against South Africa. Her contribution as a captain and batter is very important for Bangladesh to continue with their momentum.
- Nahida Akhter: She can be the player to watch out for in this encounter. Nahida Akhter is the best wicket-taking option for Bangladesh given the conditions. She can be proven as one of the key players for her side against South Africa.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keeper: Nigar Sultana
Batters: Anneke Bosch, Fargana Hoque, Tazmin Brits
All-rounders: Sune Luus (C), Fahima Khatun, Shona Akhter, Nondumiso Shangase
Bowlers: Nahida Akhter (VC), Nonkluele Mlaba, Masabata Klaas