Our essential guide to the second T20I between the Proteas and Bangladesh, which gets under way on Sunday at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.
The Proteas will have one thing on their mind – completing a treble of whitewash wins against Bangladesh across all formats. Having gone up 1-0 with a 20-run win in Bloemfontein, the Proteas will aim to seal the series with a victory at Senwes Park. Despite South Africa smashing 196 in the first T20, Bangladesh showed good fight as they gave South Africa’s inexperienced bowling lineup some trouble early on. Both sides showed good form with the bat, and the pitch in Potchefstroom, known to be flat and slow, could give the team that bats first the advantage.
Keep an eye on…
JP Duminy still needs to prove doubters wrong after failing to perform in the first T20, scoring only 13. As captain, he made some good calls in the field, especially with the review for Paterson’s second wicket, but it is with the bat that he needs to prove himself.
Hashim Amla was South Africa’s worst batsman in Bloemfontein, and will aim to lead from the front with an in-form Quinton de Kock. AB de Villiers was disappointed at missing out on a half-century by one run in the first T20, and will aim to impress in the second T20.
Form (most recent match last)
South Africa: WLWLW
Teams: Teams should remain unchanged.
South Africa (probable): 1 Quinton de Kock (wk) 2 Hashim Amla 3 AB de Villiers 4 JP Duminy 5 David Miller 6 Farhaan Behardien 7 Robbie Frylink 8 Andile Phehlukwayo 9 Beuran Hendricks 10 Dane Paterson 11 Aaron Phangiso
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Imrul Kayes 2 Soumya Sarkar 3 Shakib Al Hasan (c) 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5 Sabbir Rahman 6 Mahmudullah 7 Mohammad Saifuddin 8 Mehedi Hasan 9 Taskin Ahmed 10 Shafiul Islam11 Rubel Hossain
– South Africa have played Bangladesh five times: 2007, 2008, twice in 2015 and 0nce in 2017. SA have won all five encounters.
– Duminy is the Proteas’ leading run-scorer in T20s with 1 696 runs. He needs one more 50 to reach 10 half-centuries.
– De Villiers needs 45 runs to overtake Duminy as the leading T20 run-scorer for the Proteas.
– This will be the first T20 international at Senwes Park
AB de Villiers after his 49 in Bloemfontein: ‘The great thing about coming in early is that you can set yourself a foundation and then really let go, which I didn’t do this time, which was disappointing.
JP Duminy on Bangladesh: ‘The goal for us, as it would have been in the Test and the ODI series, is to win the series 2-0, that will be our main focus.’
Match starts at 14:30 pm.
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