Cricket World Cup Preview
South Africans to provide first challenge for Tigers’
Published : Monday, 20 May, 2019 at 9:38 PM Count : 458
South Africa go into this year’s Cricket World Cup knowing that the ‘choker’ tag will be attached to them should they qualify for the semi-finals. Having been there four times, South Africa is yet to make a final. A combination of inspired opponents, freezing at critical moments and even the weather has led to semi-final disappointments.
The Proteas squad for 2019 has a mix of experience and youth. Arguably, the bowling lineup is better than their batting, but there are enough of the star quality to suspect that South Africa will be competing for a top-four place to qualify for the semi-finals.
The bowling unit is spearheaded by the pace duo of Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada. Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi and Imran Tahir, the leg-spinner coming off an excellent IPL season, add to the Proteas’ bowling potency.
All-rounders JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius and Chris Morris will play important roles if South Africa’s campaign is going to be a successful one. The batting unit will be under pressure to score well, and du Plessis will be hoping that Hashim Amla finds some form.
Aiden Markram is yet to shine in ODIs outside of South Africa whileDuminy and David Miller need to be more consistent. Rassie van der Dussen could find himself getting a good run in the team if he starts well. Quinton de Kock will be pivotal at the top of the order and may be one of the key factors for South African success.
By the time Bangladesh play South Africa, the Proteas will have already played one game. They open the tournament against hosts, and favourites for many, at the same venue. An unlikely victory against England will see South Africa coming into the match with massive confidence.
Whatever happens at The Oval on 30th May, Bangladesh will be looking to exploit any batting frailties with a tight bowling performance.
South Africa vs Bangladesh
When: Sunday, 2nd June 10:30am local time (3:30pm Bangladesh Standard Time)
Where: The Oval, London
CWC Best: Semi-Finalists 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015
Previous CWC meetings: One win (2007), two losses (2003, 2011)
Last Five ODIs vs South Africa: L LL W W
Aiden Markram (Bat), Andile Phehlukwayo (All-rounder), Chris Morris (All-rounder), Dale Steyn (Bowler), David Miller (Bat), Dwaine Pretorius (All-rounder), Faf du Plessis (Captain & Bat), Hashim Amla (Bat), Imran Tahir (Bowler), JP Duminy (All-rounder), Kagiso Rabada (Bowler), Lungi Ngidi (Bowler), Quinton de Kock (Vice Captain &Wicket-keeper), Rassie van der Dussen (Bat), Tabraiz Shamsi (Bowler)