Host captain Bavuma says, “Sunday is a must-win game for us. We have to up our game in all the departments”
South Africa, meanwhile, have a lot to work on. Temba Bavuma couldn’t work out why his bowlers didn’t push home the advantage they had after 15 good overs first up. They also leaked a lot of wides and no-balls, and in the back end, some of them didn’t bowl quick enough.
South Africa LWWWL (Last five completed matches; most recent first)
In the spotlight
David Miller landed punch after punch on the Bangladesh bowling attack towards the end of the first ODI, but an already out of control required run-rate and falling wickets at the other end meant his 79 off 57 went in vain. They had enough bases covered on Friday for Miller not to matter but Bangladesh will know it won’t always be the case. They’re going to need to find ways to stop the marauding left-hander.
Taskin Ahmed took 2 for 15 in his first spell in Centurion, before coming back to bowl two more tight spells, finishing with the big wicket of van der Dussen in his last over. He worried all the South African batters with his pace, movement and bounce. From looking almost clueless on his last tour to South Africa in 2017, Taskin is now a much improved, fitter fast bowler.
South Africa (probable): 1 Kyle Verreynne (wk), 2 Janneman Malan, 3 Temba Bavuma (capt), 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Marco Jansen, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Keshav Maharaj, 11 Lungi Ngidi
Bangladesh are unlikely to change the playing XI that’s brought them three wins in the last four games.
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Litton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Yasir Ali, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Afif Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Pitch and conditions
Stats and trivia
- Tamim and Litton put on 95 runs in 21.3 overs on Friday, which is a new Bangladesh record for both runs scored (previous best 46) and overs batted (previous best 11.1) by their openers in South Africa.
- Lungi Ngidi’s 1 for 75 in Centurion is now the worst bowling figures by a South African bowler against Bangladesh
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma, when asked about their position in the ODI Super League.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84