South Africa was too hot to handle for Bangladesh who seemed toothless in the test series. In both the tests, Bangladesh was never in the game.
Coming to the ODI, The tourists are at high as Shakib and Mortaza back.
1. Toss and Conditions:
This pitch is flatter than the one we witnessed in both the tests; Three years since an ODI is played at Diamond Oval; The average score at this ground during the county series that finished recently was 259. The team that batted first won most of the matches; Hopefully, Mortaza will not jinx like Rahim with the toss.
Bangladesh with the return of their superstars- Mortaza and Shakib look better than they were in the test series. Liton Das had a decent run in the tests might get a chance here, while Mominul can replace Kayes.
South Africa- ABD is back, Duminy who just retired from test cricket is also included. South Africa like always, looks better.
3. Players to watch out for:
Whatever might be the format, he stood for Bangladesh; helped to tame many top teams; world’s current chief all-rounder, Bangladesh rely on him way too much.
The captain’s return is definitely a lift; can whack the stumps, score crucial runs; Bangladesh is certainly looking strong under him.
The lone warrior from the last test; A floater; Great, athletic behind the stumps.
Quinton de Kock:
Wasn’t given many opportunities to play in the test series; in-form and will be daring to go as he opens in ODI.
Certainly, the team’s best player; off form still, going to be dangerous for the visitors.
His record at Diamond Oval is exceptional- three tons in last five matches. He will look to continue his run.
He demolished the Bangladesh batters in the test series, will be looking for the same here also.
4. Stat Alert:
-David Miller will become the 22nd South African to play 100 ODIs
-Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman are 41 and 90 runs away from reaching 1000 runs in ODIs
Both the teams seem strong on paper. Bangladesh batters should come up with some ideas to tackle the home side. If not, the game will be yet another one-sided contest.