The Cricket World Cup, officially recognized as the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup or simply referred to as the World Cup, is the premier international championship for One Day International (ODI) cricket. South Africa, coming off a resounding victory over England in their recent match, will face a Bangladesh team with several key players missing at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today at 2 p.m. Following a surprising loss to the Netherlands, South Africa rebounded impressively with a commanding 229-run win over England. They showcased strength both in their batting and bowling. While South Africa’s batting has consistently been a strong point in the tournament, the improved performance in the bowling department is a welcome development for skipper Temba Bavuma. However, concerns loom over Bavuma’s fitness as he missed the game against England due to a last-minute injury.
The Proteas’ team management will also have a pleasant dilemma regarding opener Reeza Hendricks, should a fully fit Bavuma become available for selection. In the previous match, Hendricks, making a return to ODI cricket after a long hiatus, played a pivotal role by scoring an unbeaten 85. This provided a solid foundation for South Africa, which was then capitalized on by Klaasen and the other batsmen to set a substantial total. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has struggled to make an impact at the ICC World Cup 2023. Despite a victory over Afghanistan in their opening match in Dharamshala, the Bangladeshi Tigers have faced three consecutive defeats against top teams in the tournament – England, New Zealand, and India.
Squads for Bangladesh and South Africa:
- Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
- Wicketkeeper: Litton Das
- Players: Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
- Captain: Temba Bavuma
- Wicketkeeper: Quinton de Kock
- Players: Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.
Information on When and Where to Watch the South Africa vs. Bangladesh Match:
The South Africa vs. Bangladesh match can be viewed live on Indian television through Star Sports channels. Indian viewers also have the option to access free live streaming of these matches on the Disney+Hotstar app and website. Additionally, Meta, the parent company of social media platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Threads, has partnered with the ICC for World Cup 2023 coverage. The match is scheduled to commence at 2 pm.