Bangladesh are ready to play their last match of the South Africa tour when they face the Proteas in the second and final T20I at Senwes Park Sunday.
The game begins at 2pm local time, 6pm Bangladesh standard time, and GTV and Maasranga TV will telecast it live.
The Tigers were relatively competitive in the first T20I Thursday at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein compared to the whole tour. Bangladesh at one stage were in a good position to win while chasing 196 runs but eventually fell 20 short.
Now it is the last chance for the Tigers to put up a team performance and snatch a win against the high-flying Proteas at their backyard.
The visiting side played here in the first Test match and the pitch was absolutely batting friendly. The wicket is expected to be batting friendly yet again Sunday. So there is another high-scoring game on the card.
Bangladesh T20I skipper Shakib al Hasan also believes it will be a high-scoring encounter and admitted that the Tigers have to score at least 180 in order to win.
“It is hard to tell how it might play until the match starts. Everyone is saying it will be slow but I think it will be a good batting track. It is likely to be a high-scoring game. We will have to try to stop them for a low total if we field first; if we bat first, we have to score at least 180,” Shakib said on the eve of their Potchefstroom T20I.
The Tigers played with three pacemen in the form of Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam in the Bloemfontein T20I. And among the trio, only Rubel fulfilled his bowling quota of four overs while the others bowled only four together. So Bangladesh might go for an extra batsman for the next T20I in place of one pace bowler. Shakib informed that the team will be decided in the final hour before the game.
“The selection of the playing XI is a team decision. We will discuss and see how it goes,” Shakib informed.
Meanwhile, South Africa are not expected to carry out any experiment with their bowling attack in pursuit of a clean sweep. Major bowlers like Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are injured and Kagiso Rabada has been rested ahead of their busy summer schedule. They are likely to play their same XI from the first T20I.
“Hundred percent we will go for a win. We play to win every game. We want to have a clean sweep and not give Bangladesh a sniff or any joy before they travel back. Before the international break, we have a domestic T20 competition, but it is important to end this mini-season on a high before the India series,” South Africa middle-order batsman Farhaan Behardien said Saturday.
This is the first time Senwes Park will host a T20I. Eighteen ODIs have been played in the ground so far. Among them, the side batting second have been victorious nine times while the team taking first guard have won on seven occasions.