Match Preview

South Africa will face Bangladesh in the Match 30 of T20 World Cup 2021 on 2 November at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh, led by Mahmudullah, are all but out of the tournament after losing all three of their Super 12 matches thus far. Furthermore, they have been dealt with a major setback with the withdrawal of Shakib Al Hasan from the tournament due to a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, the Proteas have ascended to second place in the points table as they defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets in their previous encounter.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced and best suited for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 35 – 36° C


Total matches                                 26

Matches won batting first              11

Matches won bowling first            15

Average 1st Inns scores               149

Average 2nd Inns scores              128

Highest total recorded                   210/4 (20 Ov) by KUW vs BHR

Lowest total recorded                    64/10 (11 Ov) by NEP vs OMAN

Highest score chased                    183/9 (20 Ov) by IRE vs NED

Lowest score defended                 140/9 (20 Ov) by SCO vs BAN

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Mushfiqur Rahim – Rahim is an absolute dynamo behind the stumps, he epitomises the clichéd definition of a wicket-keeper. He’s short, nimble behind the stumps, always chuntering around, and a fantastic batsman.

Matches – 226

Runs – 4737

Average – 29.06

2) Quinton de Kock – The right-handed batsman’s accomplishments are incredible, and it’s clear to understand why he’s already being hailed as a future great. Not only is de Kock a fantastic hitter, but he also adds significant value to the team by wearing gloves.

Matches – 235

Runs – 7063

Average – 33.95

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Soumya Sarkar – The left-handed hitter has a certain allure to his batting as he stands tall and takes a long stride, and he employs his hand-eye coordination to great effect against the quicks. His medium pace has also drawn a lot of notice, especially his ability to use the new ball despite the lack of speed.

Matches – 169

Runs – 2990

Average – 19.54

2) Liton Das – The right-handed batsman is a compact batter with excellent defensive technique and fine stroke play flare. He is a reliable pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 130

Runs – 2666

Average – 22.40                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3) Temba Bavuma – He isn’t the most appealing batsman in the world, but despite his flaws, he has developed into a valuable T20 player for South Africa. The small right-hander has a strong defence and will be a tough batsman for the opponents.

Matches – 94

Runs – 2197

Average – 30.51

4) Rassie van der Dussen – The right-handed batsman averages more than 40 in first-class and List A cricket, and has a high scoring rate in T20s. He is recognised for being a big hitter and a boundary collector in this format.

Matches – 138

Runs – 4013

Average – 37.50

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Tabraiz Shamsi – A left-arm chinaman bowler who has earned a spot in South Africa’s squad by demonstrating his worth in the game’s shortest format. Not only are his variations amazing, but so is his accuracy in conjunction with them and he becomes threatening when batters pursue him.

Matches – 170

Wickets – 191

Economy – 7.18

2) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he loves to utilise scrambling seam deliveries to make it seem off the wicket, especially when the seam is prominent and likely to induce deviations off the surface.

Matches – 133

Wickets – 174

Economy – 7.87

3) Shoriful Islam – When Bangladesh won the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, Shoriful Islam became a left-arm pace phenomenon practically overnight. Shoriful’s World Cup-winning performance enthralled the country, and many predicted that he would soon be a member of the national squad. When he was called up to the Bangladesh side for the first time in 2021, that expectation became a reality.

Matches – 51

Wickets – 65

Economy – 8.26

4) Mustafizur Rehman – He bowls using his left arm and begins to refine his left-off cutter which he delivers in the same manner as a spinner but with the added capacity to carry to the wicketkeeper.

Matches – 166

Wickets – 219

Economy – 7.28

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Dwaine Pretorius – He is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler who has performed quite well in international T20 with his batting and bowling skills.

Matches – 148

Runs – 1920

Average – 26.35

Wickets – 104

Economy – 6.67

2) Mahedi Hassan – He is a good off-spinner, fielder, and batsman who has performed well in both the top and lower orders. He is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 25

Runs – 49

Average – 16.33

Wickets – 29

Economy – 6.69

Predicted Playing 11

South Africa

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

Bench: Heinrich Klaasen, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Wiaan Mulder


Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed/Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed

Bench: Shamim Hossain/Nasum Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan


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South Africa – 38%

Bangladesh – 62%