Date: November 02, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Bangladesh and South Africa will lock horns in Match 30 of the T20 World Cup 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in Super 12 match of Group 1. South Africa claimed a nail-biting last-over win over Sri Lanka while Bangladesh suffered a heart-breaking last-over defeat against defending champions West Indies. South Africa will be led by in-form Temba Bavuma while Mahmudullah will lead Bangladesh.
Four Super 12 Group matches have been played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi so far in the T20 World Cup 2021. The pitch has favoured the bowlers so far and scoring runs won't be that easy on a sluggish pitch. Spinners are also expected to get some assistance from this pitch.
Stupendous team effort from the West Indies bowlers helped the side beat Bangladesh by 3 runs in a last-ball thriller at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. Andre Russell successfully defended 13 runs off the last over. Needing 4 runs to win on the last ball of the match, Mahmudullah failed to connect with the ball. After that defeat, Bangladesh were eliminated from the tournament.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will not play in Bangladesh's remaining Super 12 matches due a hamstring injury. The all-rounder sustained the blow in the match against West Indies. Shakib is a key part of the Bangladesh team and the team management will have to alter its plans for the next two games.
David Miller (23*) struck back-to-back sixes in Lahiru Kumara's final over as he and Rabada (13*) took South Africa home in a nail-biting chase against Lanka. The duo shared a 15-ball 34-run stand after captain Bavuma had top-scored with 46. Earlier, both Shamsi and Pretorius returned figures of 3/17 to restrict Sri Lanka to 142-10 in 20 overs.
The Proteas have been in terrific form lately as they won their last 2 games against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Their squad has gone through a rebuilding phase recently and their team balance looks well-settled at the moment. Their hopes for this match will rest on Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, world No. 1 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi and Rassie van der Dussen, all of whom have plenty of experience of playing at the top level.
Mahmudullah (c), Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shaif Uddin, Shamim Hossain
Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
Conclusion: England, Australia and South Africa are the front-runners to progress to semis from this Group 1. While England are comfortably sitting at the top of the table, the fight for the second spot in the group is expected to be a close battle between Australia and South Africa. As a result, each match will be of great significance for South Africa. Coming to this match, the Proteas are the favourites to emerge victorious considering the form of two teams. It will be difficult for Bangladesh to come to terms with the absence of their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
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