South Africa Vs Bangladesh – Preview and Live Score – Cricket World Cup 2019
About ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales, from 30 May to 14 July 2019. The first match will be played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord’s. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups.
The fixture list for the tournament was released on 26 April 2018 after the completion of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Kolkata. London Stadium had been named as a possible venue in the planning stages, and in January 2017 the ICC completed an inspection of the ground, confirming that the pitch dimensions would be compliant with the requirements to host ODI matches. However, when the fixtures were announced, London Stadium was not included as a venue.
South Africa Vs Bangladesh – Preview and Live Score – Cricket World Cup 2019
South Africa have won the toss and have opted to field
Pitch/ground report, courtesy Ian Bishop and Athar Ali Khan: Square on the leg-side, bowling from the Vauxhaull end, there’s a short boundary, and the straight boundary, which is the longest, isn’t too long either. The square boundaries in general are really short. A really good surface early on, a bit of rolling, watering, and it’s been shaved on the top. There will be some carry and bounce to the ‘keeper. There are some bowler’s footmarks, and that’s a good area for Mustafizur to exploit with his signature cutters. Otherwise, however, it’s a fantastic surface for the batsmen.
Right then, we’re all set for the pre-game shenanigans. Well, not really shenanigans – the toss has been crucial in the first few games. Ever wonder if the captains practice tossing a replica coin? Just a thought. Or, you know, just hope that they lose the toss because they’d rather not carry the baggage of misreading the wicket? Hmm. Alright, I’ll stop going all Atticus Finch on the captains. Let me introduce myself – Rishi Roy seated alongside Abhinand, Vineet, Pradeep, Naga, and Sriram, the rest of the team, as we look forward to bringing you the coverage of this potential nerve-racker.
Mashrafe Mortaza: We are confident, had a good preparation. South Africa losing that day doesn’t matter. We have to play hard. It’s a good wicket to bat on. Tamim is playing. Everyone is fit to play. Our top XI are playing.
Faf du Plessis, South Africa captain: We’ll have a bowl. Playing an extra seamer today, and we would like to attack the Bangladeshis in the first 15 overs. Important to take the learnings from the previous game. We did really well to restrict the strong England line-up to 300ish, and we were one partnership away from a really close chase. Amla’s out, so Miller comes back in. Morris comes in as well, as I said we are trying to take advantage of the bounce on the wicket. You have to remind yourself to stay calm, and start determined. We weren’t the favourites in the first game, and today is a good opportunity to put forward a solid performance.
Bangladesh: a team that was terribly inconsistent in the early part of their time as a Test nation. However, a couple of matches in the 2007 edition changed all that – and one of them, was a stunning win against South Africa, in addition to the more emotional win against India. They’ve got some of the best spinners in the world, a few world-class quicks with variations that have flummoxed the best in the business. The dependable Mushy, the stoic Mahmudullah and the experienced Shakib – not to mention the fabulous Mr. Fizz. They’ve got the class, and they’ve punched above their weight, almost crossing the line on so SO many occasions since the 2012 Asia Cup, but not quite. There have been gut-wrenching defeats, scarring ousters, right up until the 2018 Nidahas Cup and the Asia Cup finals. Can they finally break the hoodoo? This might not sound like much, but this is as close to sporting equilibrium as it gets. Get ready, or at least hope, for a less one-sided contest than the first four.
On one hand, we have South Africa, a nation that has suffered the unbearable loss of some of its best players for reasons that are immaterial at this juncture, but toxic to the game’s future. Workload management and remuneration issues aren’t healthy in an environment where the best teams in the world are trying to compete. They should be immaterial, a non-issue, and definitely something that cricket needs to look at in order to survive and thrive. Add to that the relentless pressure of the c-word and a deflating loss in their tournament opener, and South Africa look well-nigh unrecognisable, despite having one of the best bowling line-ups in the world, even without their most experienced pacer. The current team is an extreme case of “what could have been” and a morbidly accurate manifestation of slaughtering the chicken that lays golden eggs.
Given the format of the tournament, there is plenty of time for teams to make up lost ground but the more early defeats a side suffers, the more they will need to go on an unbeaten run later on, trying to claw back lost momentum to reach the semi-finals. It’s doable of course but it would much more preferable for South Africa if they make sure their opening game blip does not become a rut, particularly against a team, ranked seventh in the world, which on paper they are stronger than.
Bangladesh are tricky customers, however. Their recent form has been good, with the fourth best win-loss record in the last 12 months of any team in the tournament. They won the recent tri-series in Ireland and reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup. Importantly, nine of their 14 wins in the last year have come outside Bangladesh and their three defeats of West Indies during the tri-series confirmed they are developing a more rounded game. They did, however, lose their only completed warm-up game heavily against India.
They rely on a core of experienced players, led well by Mushrafe Mortaza, and their fortunes in their tournament will rest on the performances of those men. Unfortunately, they have had a number of injury concerns with those senior players in the lead-up to this game and with a relatively thin squad they cannot afford to be without the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Mustafizur Rahman at any stage.
Spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib have conceded less than 4.4 runs an over in the last 12 months and overall Bangladesh have conceded just a smidge more than five runs an over, second only to Afghanistan of teams in the tournament. What they lack in speed and mystery spin, they make up for in control, smarts and clever use of variation. If the pitch is tacky and slower than is typical at The Oval, as it was for the England-South Africa match, Bangladesh will fancy their chances.
While South Africa’s bowlers, even without Dale Steyn who should return for the game against India, did a good job in their opening game, their batting, admittedly against some excellent English bowling, looked frantic. Perhaps it was first day nerves but it is the area of the team which is more unproven in one-day cricket and needs attention. The absence of Hashim Amla will not help matters for this game and they will certainly need to be more calculating against the smarts of Bangladesh.
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