South Africa will hope to end the tour of Bangladesh on a winning note as they face off in the second Test of the series from Thursday. The Bangladesh v South Africa 2nd Test betting tips & predictions can be found at end of this article.
While the first Test between these two teams was rained off, not too many can argue with the fact Bangladesh had nudged ahead in the contest. After having won the ODI series from being 1-0 down, Bangladesh took the lead in the first innings for the first ever time against South Africa, and the contest was headed down to an exciting finish when the weather hit.
The game ended with South Africa still a few runs away from Bangladesh’s lead, with all their wickets intact, with the hosts having gotten themselves a 78-run lead.
And it had been Mustafizur Rehman who had not only picked up a four-wicket haul but also made life so difficult for South Africa that they had capitulated from 173 for three to 248 all out. Rahman got rid of captain Hashim Amla before sending back JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock – all three wickets in the same over.
South Africa have been warned. Their batting hasn’t clicked in the last two ODIs and now in this first Test and will want a lot more from the likes of Amla and Faf du Plessis. What will be even more worrying is the fact they got starts and failed to make most of it.
There were four scores between 34 and 54 with none of them going on to make a century. This will need to change.
Rain is expected on all five days of the Test and as a result of that, it comes as no surprise that this match will end up being a draw as well. Unless, South Africa can conjure up some bowling magic.
Players to watch out for:
Apart from Mustafizur Rehman, Mahmudullah’s batting has been one to watch since the turnaround during the 2015 World Cup when he hit a century. He was Bangladesh’s top-scorer in the first innings of the first Test as well and one can expect him to carry that form forward.
Dale Steyn (South Africa):
Steyn didn’t start off too well but came back strongly to pick up three wickets towards the end. He might not get too much assistance from the pitches in Bangladesh but his experience and ability to reverse the ball will be a huge plus. He could well run through the opponents if there’s even bit of reverse on offer.
Bangladesh v South Africa Tests head to head:
Nine matches have been played between these two sides and the drawn game in the first Test was the first such instance of South Africa not winning a Test. 8-0 to the Saffers.
Bangladesh v South Africa 2nd Test betting tips:
Match to end in a draw: 8/11 (BetFair)
Faf du Plessis to be South Africa’s top batsman: 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Litton Das to be Bangladesh’s top bowler: 10/1
Match starts at 9.30 am local time (0330 hours GMT) on July 30.