South Africa vs Bangladesh: On Friday, December 08, 2023, South Africa will lock horns with Bangladesh in the 3rd fixture of the three-match T20I series at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley. Bangladesh are leading the series by 1-0 after defeating South Africa in the first match. The second match was abandoned due to rain. Bangladesh still have a historic series win within their touching range.
South Africa faced a shocking defeat in the first encounter against Bangladesh. The quick middle overs batting collapse cost South Africa the match. Only 1 over could be bowled in the second T20I, in which South Africa were able to pick up a wicket of Bangladesh. The match couldn’t restart and it was abandoned due to rain.
During the chase in the first T20I, Anneke Bosch and Tazmin Brits batted superbly and at one point, it looked like this pair would win the match for South Africa easily. However, a couple of quick wickets fell in the middle overs which cost South Africa the match. SA will look to draw the series by winning the final T20I.
Bangladesh have enhanced their game in the past 12 months or so. Impressive wins against India, and Pakistan and now another majestic display of the game against South Africa have shown that the team is developing at a rapid rate. Shamima Sultana and Murshida Khatun started well and played very responsibly for their team in the 1st T20I match.
In the second T20I, only one over got bowled before rain interrupted the game but Bangladesh lost 1 wicket in the first over itself. Before heading into the final clash the team will focus on the batting with not losing wickets in the early stage. On the back of their batting brilliance in the 1st T20I, Bangladesh got past the 140-run mark to finish at 149 in 20 overs.
Nigar Sultana and Sobhana Mostary were also quite impressive with the bat. Bangladesh bowlers have also improved much and are more productive now. Bowler Shorna Akter ended up picking five wickets in the 1st match and will aim to repeat the same in the final encounter.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I – Match Details
Date and Time: 08 December 2023, Friday, 09:30 PM IST
Venue: Diamond Oval, Kimberley, South Africa
Live Streaming: FanCode
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I – Pitch Report
The surface at this venue is a balanced pitch with assistance for both the batters and bowlers. Captain winning the toss is likely to bat first in this game keeping the past record of the venue in mind. The first-inning total of 160 plus will be a competitive target at this surface.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this fixture is expected to be bright and sunny with clear skies during the game. The temperature is likely to be around 32-degree Celsius with 11% humidity.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I – Probable Playing XIs
South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt(c), Tazmin Brits, Anneke Bosch, Sune Luus, Annerie Dercksen, Sinalo Jafta(wk), Eliz-mari Marx, Nonkulueleko Mlaba, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Mieke de Ridder(wk), Nondumiso Shangase.
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana(c & wk), Nahida Akhter, Sobhana Mostary, Murshida Khatun, Shorna Akter, Rabeya Khan, Fahima Khatun, Lata Mondal, Marufa Akter, Shamima Sultana, Shorifa Khatun.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd 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 13 matches played so far between the two sides. Bangladesh have registered two wins and one match ended with no result.
Prediction: South Africa to win the match.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I – Key Players
- Anneke Bosch: She has been in tremendous form in the first match. Anneke Bosch was the top run scorer for South Africa with 67 runs to her name. She gave her team a perfect start and played some brilliant shots. Bosch can be proven as a key player in the second match.
- 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. Though she couldn’t do well in the first game but will be very important for SA in the third game.
- Murshida Khatun: She has been in her prime form. Murshida Khatun is scoring runs and will be looked upon as the top run-scorer for her side against South Africa in 2nd fixture. She was the top run scorer for Bangladesh with 62 runs which led her team to a superb win. Her contribution can be proven as very vital in the game against South Africa.
- Shorna Akter: She can be the player to watch out for in this encounter. Shorna Ahter is the best wicket-taking option for Bangladesh given the conditions. She was really impressive in the first match as she clinched five wickets. Her bowling can make an impact on the game.
South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keeper: Nigar Sultana
Batters: Anneke Bosch(c), Laura Wolvaardt
All-rounders: Sune Luus, Fahima Khatun, Shorna Akter, Eliz-mari Marx
Bowlers: Nahida Akter, Nonkulueleko Mlaba, Masabata Klaas, Rabeya Khan