Start time: 1030, 02/06/2019
Venue: The Oval
TV: Sky Sports
South Africa ultimately suffered an emphatic defeat against England but showed enough early on to suggest they should be able to bounce back versus Bangladesh.
The Proteas crushed the Tigers 3-0 when they last met in this format in October 2017, prevailing by 10 wickets, 104 runs and 200 runs in those one-sided contests.
Quinton de Kock hit 168 not out in the first of those matches and fared well against England with 68, so 5/2 for him to top score for his side again is our opening South Africa vs Bangladesh prediction.
A Look At South Africa’s Betting Odds
South Africa’s bowlers steadily chipped away at England’s top order before Ben Stokes helped the hosts to rally and reach a highly competitive 311 for eight.
De Kock got the Proteas’ response off to a solid start, but Jofra Archer proved too hot to handle and some excellent fielding also contributed towards a collapse to 207 all out.
Skipper Faf du Plessis admitted: “England were better than us in all three facets of the game.”
However, he did take encouragement from restricting the Three Lions to a respectable total.
“England bat longer than any other side in the World Cup, so for them to score so few runs in the last 15 overs was a great achievement – 350 has almost been their par score lately,” added Du Plessis.
Kagiso Rabada posted figures of 2-66 and will now be keen to show why he is in the top five bowlers in the ODI rankings.
The paceman claimed 4-43 when facing the Tigers at Kimberley 18 months ago and 11/4 for him to be the Proteas’ top bowler here takes the eye from the South Africa vs Bangladesh odds.
A Look At Bangladesh’s Betting Odds
Bangladesh famously reached the quarter-finals of this tournament in 2015 and they started out this summer in decent spirits after a successful Tri-Nations series versus West Indies and Ireland.
Seamer Abu Jayed and all-rounder Soumya Sarkar displayed promise in Dublin, showing the Tigers are not only reliant on proven performers Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza.
India exposed their limitations, though, when winning a Cardiff warm-up clash by a commanding 95 runs.
Overall, Bangladesh probably just lack the explosive firepower to get the better of an on-song South Africa side.
However, Mushfiqur put together a rock-solid sequence of steady knocks on the Emerald Isle and hit 90 against India, so 4/1 for him to bag most runs for the Tigers is added to our South Africa vs Bangladesh betting tips.
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