Despite a forgettable test series against South Africa, Bangladesh remain optimistic of their chances in the shorter format of the game. With the first ODI set to commence today, The Tigers believe they’ll be able to put up a much better showing than they did in the test series. Bangladesh do have reasons for this optimism.
Despite Mustafizur Rahman being ruled out of the first one, they’ll be bolstered by the returns of Shakib Al Hasan & skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. With underfire batsman Mushfiqur Rahim freed up of captaincy, he should be able to perform to his usually high standards. Another reason for their optimism is the absence of top bowlers for the Proteas. Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel & Chris Morris all misses out through injury with Kagiso Rabada set to lead the bowling attack again. Bangladesh should feel at home in ODIs, a format they’ve improved hugely since the 2015 World Cup. They’ve also won the last ODI series between the two, albeit at home. South Africa will also be boosted by the return of the one & only AB De Villiers. With the already excellent batting line up,
De Villiers just adds more firepower to it and the Bangladeshi bowlers will have their work cut out for sure. The other two ODIs will take place on October 18th & 22nd in Paarl and East London respectively.