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CWC 2019: South Africa opt to bowl first against Bangladesh


The fifth match of the World Cup are getting along at the Kennington Oval in London with South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first against Bangladesh.

South Africa made two changes. As expected, Hashim Amla missed out as he received a hit on the head off a Jofra Archer and didn’t even able to attend in the training session. David Miller replaces him.  And the other change is Chris Morris replacing Dwaine Pretorius.

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On the other hand, Bangladesh is playing with their strongest XI as Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mashrfae Bin Mortaza all are passed fit to play. Also Mosaddek Hossain made into the playing XI in replace of off-form Sabbir Rahman.

About the pitch report Ian Bishop and Athar Ali Khan said: “A great surface early on, a touch of moving, watering, and it’s been shaved on the top. There will be some convey and bounce to the ‘keeper. There are some bowler’s footmarks, and that is a decent zone for Mustafizur to exploit with his mark cutters. Something else, in any case, it’s an awesome surface for the batsmen.”

South Africa started their World Cup campaign with a poor performance against host England. In reply of England’s 311, dismissed for just 207 South Africa’s bid to win the World Cup for the first time is off to the worst possible start. So, South Africa are in search of their first victory against an experienced Bangladeshi side.

While it’s the first match for the Tigers and are greatly looking for something positive from their experienced players.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman.

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.

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