Bangladesh stay alive in the tri-series after avenging their loss to the home side with a six wicket victory today. They now play their final game of the group stages against South Africa on June 22 (tomorrow), knowing they have to win to stand any chance of making it to the finals.
June 22, Harare Sports Club, Harare
Starting Time: 1300 Local Time (1100 GMT time)
Bangladesh are likely to go into tomorrow’s game with an unchanged side.
Justin Ontong, the out of form right handed South African batsman and JP Duminy will probably be replaced by Faf du Plessis and Albie Morkel.
Mushfiqur Rahim vs Robin Peterson
The Bangladesh skipper M Rahim is leading his side by example and has set a steady platform for the more explosive batsmen in the middle order such as Nassir Hossain. Most of his 86 runs in this series have come in 1’s and 2’s but at an impressive strike rate of 145.76.
By far the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas has been Robin Peterson. In his 8 overs so far, he has conceded only 45 runs at a miserly economy rate of 5.62, and scalped 3 wickets. He can tighten the noose around the neck of the Bangladeshi skipper by stopping the run-flow and forcing him to play an uncharacteristic shot.
How the teams stand
Both the teams have one win each in the series so far.
South Afirica, who will start tomorrow’s game against Bangladesh as favorites, are currently placed more comfortably in the points table since they still have one more group match remaining against Zimbabwe on Saturday.
Bangladesh on the other hand, find themselves in a must-win situation tomorrow. But after today’s comfortable win, they should regain some confidence in their abilities. The Proteas are notoriously vulnerable against good spin bowling, and could find themselves in trouble against the Bangladeshi spinners on this slow and dry winter track. They are also missing their stars AB de Villers, Johan Botha, Kallis, Morne Morkel and Steyn, and the current side has not been upto the mark in the bowling and fielding department so far. What better opportunity than this for the Tigers to capitalize on their winning momentum.