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South Africa opt to bowl first against Bangladesh

| Updated: November 02, 2021 15:56:43


Photo: ESPNcricinfo Photo: ESPNcricinfo

South Africa have won the toss and chosen to field first on their 4th game of the Group stage matches.

Team Bangladesh have already made their exit from the Super 12s quite certain with 3 losses out of 3 against former champions Sri Lanka, England and West Indies respectively.

Hence, Mahmudullah Riyad and Co will be hoping to get some points on the board at the minimum.

On the other hand, South Africa coming from a victory over Sri Lanka in their last match, are well within contention for a spot in the semi-finals with 2 wins out of 3, they are currently sitting 2nd on Group 1. The Proteas will be looking forward to keeping their winning streak intact.

"Of the three games we played, we were close to winning two. Having said that, it's time to play for our pride now" said Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah.

Bangladesh have handed their World Cup debut to all-rounder Shamim Hossain Patwary who replaces an injured Shakib Al Hasan. Shamim has previously played 7 T20Is for Bangladesh. Mustafizur Rahman is dropped as well and Nasum Ahmed replaces him.

South Africa have named an unchanged XI in today’s match.

Bangladesh is yet to find success against the Proteas in T20Is losing all the 6 previous ties.

Teams:

Bangladesh: Naim Sheikh, Liton Das(w), Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah(c), Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

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