The Bangladesh team is in South Africa to play cricket in all 3 formats of the game: One-Day Internationals, Tests and 20-20 Internationals. They are touring South Africa after nine years. The last time they went to South Africa was in 2008 when they played two test matches there and lost both of them. This time too, they will be playing two Tests along with three ODIs followed by two 20-20 matches. The first test match starts today, September 28, 2017
Can It be Another Upset?
Proteas team is ranked in number 2 position in the world Test rankings. Till date, they have never lost any test match to Bangladesh. In the last 10 years, they have played 22 matches on home grounds, out of which, they have been victorious 18 times.
Talking about their recent performances, Bangladesh is in good form and spirit. Last month, they surprised Aussies when they scored a 20-run win in the first match of the series. It was a two test match series where they couldn’t do well in the second test match, lost it and hence the series was drawn. Overall, they have played 9 tests in the last 12 months, winning 3 and losing 6. Out of the three wins, one was on foreign grounds.
Poor South African Track Records Could Favor Bangladesh
South Africa, on the other hand, had a dismal tour when it went to England in July and August. It lost the test series 3-1 and ODI series and T20I series 2-1. Now, they need to play well to gain confidence and keep their title as a team to be feared intact.
However, talking about the past 12 months Test record, it is impressive. They have played 13 Tests and won seven, which includes series wins against three strong cricket nations: Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Rain Had Messed Up the Last Encounter – Would the History Repeat?
When South Africa last visited Bangladesh, it didn’t have a good tour. Both the tests played between the two were drawn because of rain. It lost the ODI series by 2-1 and all it could manage was to win two T20 games. Now since Bangladesh is in their territory, they probably would love to take revenge. Also, on their home grounds, South Africa is a tough opponent.
What to Expect Today?
Many batsmen and bowlers from both the sides are in fantastic form in the last few months.
Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock are in superb form in the South African team. Hashim Amla is also back in form. In the 9 test matches that he has played, he has an average of 48.60. If you look at his average on home grounds alone, it stands at an impressive 63.10 in 6 matches. Aiden Markram will be making his debut in this series. This player seems to have quite a potential as Told Espncricinfo, Africa’s National Academy Coach speaks very highly of him.Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal are in good form in the Bangladesh team.
Though Bangladesh is looking strong, the past test record says that they have won only 10 times in the 102 tests they have played so far, so it’d not be an easy thing to predict if they’ll be able to come out victorious today.
Playing under Ottis Gibson, their new coach, Proteas might grab the test series’ victory on home grounds.