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Bangladesh vs South Africa 1st ODI: Bangladesh Battered

Bangladesh have again been battered in the ODI format losing by nine wickets to an under strength South African outfit. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first, posting a meagre total of 178. The only decent score was made by Tamim Iqbal, who made 82 his top score to date. Iqbal is still a teenager and this being his fourth half-century in 22 ODI starts, hopefully he can bring some composure to this side.

The South African bowlers all got in on the action, Nel picking up 3/24 in 10, Langeveldt, Harris and Albie Morkel each getting two wickets. Botha managed one wicket and was the most expensive bowler conceding 43 in ten overs.

Smith added to his improving form by getting 103* a good sign for South Africa who face India after the Bangladesh leg of their tour. Gibbs is also finding some form as he made 57 in uncharacteristically slow fashion. That said, Herschelle knows that he is playing for his place and the mediocrity shown more often than not in the last two years is now catching up with him. Especially after Neil McKenzie managed a double century in the test series. (Click here for match report)

It is difficult to remember why Bangladesh are in the first tier, and when looking at their track record of 36 wins in 167 games one might point out that their winning average is just over 20%. This may be correct, however when you scratch the surface and see whom the victories are against there is little ground supporting top teams playing against them.

Of the 36 victories 15 are against Zimbabwe, (they have lost 18) and 8 against Kenya (lost 6). It is easier to indicate whom they have beaten. They have won 1/13 against Australia, 2/17 against India, 1/18 against Pakistan and 1/10 playing South Africa. They have never beaten England, New Zealand or West Indies.

It might be harsh to say Bangladesh are a waste of time, the side is a developing one. One has to wonder how long they will take to develop. There are some promising players in their line-up however, when you look at the current sides’ batting averages (CLICK HERE) and only two players average over 30 it seems that the development stage is still in its infancy. 

On the bowling front things seem slightly better. There are four bowlers with averages below 30. (Click here)  This is encouraging for the Tigers, and hopefully if they can develop their batting they will be a side that is worth paying some attention to. They are exciting when they get going, some incredible shots and skill comes out, but with any young side, these high risk and possible high reward shots come out too often and lead to their downfall.

SA vs Bangladesh 2nd Test: Records are Tumbling

South Africa’s second test has brought on all sorts of records. The first day saw 400 scored by the openers a new record for a one day unbroken opening partnership, which ended at 415 on the second day, which is the highest ever opening partnership. McKenzie scored his first double hundred in any form of the game ending on 226. On the bowling front, Ntini passed Allan Donald’s haul of 330 wickets and is now only behind Pollock the top wicket-taker for South Africa managing 421 in 108 matches.

Dale Steyn has been described as a weapon of mass destruction by Ntini and after picking up his 100th wicket in his 20th test it is difficult to disagree with Ntini’s statement, especially when you consider he has taken more than half his wickets in the last seven tests (this test isn’t finished yet  either!!) To see the records for the players  who have achieved 100 test wickets the fastest click here or here.

SA Fixtures against Bangladesh and India

February 2008

22 Bangladesh v South Africa Test Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
29 Bangladesh v South Africa Test Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

March 2008

9 Bangladesh v South Africa ODI Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong 05:30
12 Bangladesh v South Africa ODI Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 05:30
14 Bangladesh v South Africa ODI Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 05:30
26 India v South Africa Test MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai 06:30

April 2008

3 India v South Africa Test Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad 06:30
11 India v South Africa Test Green Park, Kanpur 06:30

Previews of Australia vs Sri-Lanka, Pakistan vs Bangladesh and South Africa vs India

The last day of the group stages features two key matches out of the three on offer. The first match of the day at 10 am (8:00am GMT) is the decider between Australia and Sri-Lanka, the winner will join Pakistan in the semi-finals. It is hard to call a winner in this game, as Australia are without a doubt the best side in the world in the longer versions of the game, however they have struggled to adjust to the shortest version, twenty20.

There is no doubt they have the players that can impact on this game, however they haven’t seemed to adjust to this format quickly enough. I think Sri-Lanka will win it in a tightly contested game. The key man for Australia will be Symonds, a brutal innings from him could change the game.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh: There is nothing to lose for Bangladesh who started off by thrashing the West Indians, and struggling from there. They have some classy players, but are no match for the powerful Pakistanis.

South Africa vs India: The final match could cause some calculator work to be used if India beat SA. South Africa will qualify as the number one side even if they lose to India provided it is nail bitingly close. However if South Africa get trounced by India, they could find the net run rate counting against them and fail to qualify. It is an unlikely situation, especially as India just need a win to qualify regardless of by how much it is.

I have worked out that if India score 210 and SA fail to make 195 they will be knocked out. At the moment they have the best NRR however the matches are so close it is easy for them to relinquish this position.

I predict South Africa to win this game but it will be their toughest game of the tournament so far as there is added pressure on them. The conditions will be very interesting and more than likely favouring the side batting first. This toss is a vital one to win.