The South African summer of cricket kicks off in late September when Bangladesh arrive to face the Proteas across 3 formats. Bangladesh will play two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and end the tour with two Twenty20 Internationals. The tour starts on the 28th of September with the first Test match.
South Africa destroyed Bangladesh in the two Tests as well as the 3 One-Day Internationals and will be looking to do the same in the T20s taking place over the next few days.
The Proteas have been in mixed form in T20s over the past 12 months, winning 3 out of 7 matches.
Bangladesh have also not been very successful over the past 12 months winning just 1 of their 5 T20 matches.
Head to Head
South Africa is currently ranked 7th in the T20 rankings. The Proteas typically use T20 matches to experiment with young players and test their depth. As a result the outcome of matches are not always favourable.
Bangladesh, currently ranked 10th in T20 rankings, will be hoping to salvage some pride from a disastrous tour. South Africa and Bangladesh have only played four T20s against each other. Bangladesh have lost them all.
A number of batsmen have been in fantastic form over the last few months.
JP Duminy is averaging 38.75 over the last two years with a highest score of 54 not out. AB de Villiers has been in great form and has a batting average of 58.75 in his last 5 matches;
There has only been one T20 international in Bloemfontein before, between South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2010. The hosts had chased down a target of 169 with 4.1 overs to spare.
For Bangladesh, captain Shakib Al Hasan averages 24.77 with the bat and his all rounder ability and leadership will be key if Bangladesh hope to secure some pride.
Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendrucks, spinners Aaron Phangiso and Tabraiz Shamsi and allrounder Robbie Frylinck come into the mix and will be looking to grab any opportunities handed to them.
South Africa’s attack has grown more depleted as the series has gone on. Morne Morkel was injured in the first Test, Wayne Parnell ahead of the ODIs and Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir have been rested for the T20s.
Bangladesh have caused an upset or two over the years and the shortest format may present the best opportunity for them to get a victory. The 2 match series should be a lot closer than the Tests and ODIs, but South Africa will still be too strong and should win both T20 matches.
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Squads for South Africa vs Bangladesh T20 Series
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Imrul Kayes, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), 6 Mahmudullah 7 Liton Das/Nasir Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain
South Africa (probable): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 JP Duminy (capt), 6 David Miller/Mangaliso Mosehle, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Robbie Frylinck, 9 Dane Paterson, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Aaron Phangiso/Tabraiz Shamsi
|Sep 28, Thu – Oct 02, Mon||South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st Test – Senwes Park, Potchefstroom|
|Oct 06, Fri – Oct 10, Tue||South Africa vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test – Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein|
|Oct 15, Sun||South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st ODI – Diamond Oval, Kimberley|
|Oct 18, Wed||South Africa vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI – Boland Park, Paarl|
|Oct 22, Sun||South Africa vs Bangladesh, 3rd ODI- Buffalo Park, East London|
|Oct 26, Thu||South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I – Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein|
|Oct 29, Sun||South Africa vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I – Senwes Park, Potchefstroom|
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