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T20 World Cup 2021, South Africa vs Bangladesh (Super 12) Preview: Can SA end BAN's campaign for good?

South Africa would be looking to solidify its stance on the semis qualification of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup. On the same note, it would be eyeing a win against Bangladesh, besides ending the latter's campaign for good.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021, SA vs BAN (Super 12) Preview: Team analysis, head-to-head, pitch, probable, fantasy XI-ayh
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates, First Published Nov 1, 2021, 6:53 PM IST
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On Tuesday, South Africa and Bangladesh would lock horns in their Group 1 Super 12 clash of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It would be a crucial game for Proteas, as a win would nearly put it close to a semis berth, while a loss for Bangladesh would ultimately end its campaign. Here is the preview of this tie.

Current form
South Africa has won a couple of three games so far, besides winning both its warm-up matches earlier. As for Bangladesh, it has lost all three games so far, while it was shaky during the Group Stage, winning a couple of the three. Therefore, going by the current form, the momentum might be in Proteas favour.

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Team strength & weaknesses, and players to watch out
As far as the teams are concerned, South Africa's strength lies in its batting. Despite no Faf du Plessis, the likes of David Miller, Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, and Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada are doing well and have drawn the attention of all. Meanwhile, its bowling, too, has been decent overall.

On the other hand, Bangladesh is gradually strong in its batting, while the loaded all-rounder department can create wonders. However, its bowlers have struggled to impact and would have a task at hand against an overwhelming Proteas batting. The likes of Soumya Sarkar, captain Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, and a few more would draw some focus.

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Injury concerns, head-to-head, weather and pitch report
None of the sides has any notable injury concerns. The two sides have played each other on six occasions, with the Proteas leading 6-0, including their only meeting in competition. The weather in Abu Dhabi would be hot, with an expected temperature of 32 degrees and 68% humidity. The pitch would aid the batters, while the side winning the toss would prefer chasing, as has been this season's trend.

Probable XI
South Africa:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad (c), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam.

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Fantasy XI
Batters:
Mahmudullah, Rahim, Naim- Naim would give the perfect start, along with Mahmudullah at number three, while Rahim would consolidate in the middle.
Wicketkeeper: Liton- Liton has been doing a fair job both as a keeper and batter, making him a must-have here.
All-rounders: Pretorious, Markram (c), Mehidy- Pretorious has been effective with his bowling, along with Mehidy with his spin, while Markram would nail it with his explosive batting, making him the skipper.
Bowlers: Rahman, Rabada, Shamsi, Nortje (vc)- Shamsi has been delivering with his spin of late, while the remaining three have been heavily influential with their pace, led by Nortje, who is our deputy captain.

Match details
Date and day:
November 2, 2021 (Tuesday)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 3.30 PM (IST)
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Hotstar

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