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T20 World Cup 2024: South Africa vs Bangladesh Best Bets

South Africa will be looking to make it three wins on the trot when they take on Bangladesh in East Meadow, New York on Monday.

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South Africa will be looking to make it three wins on the trot when they take on Bangladesh in East Meadow, New York on Monday. The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium has proved to be a difficult pitch to bat on in the tournament so far which will give Bangladesh hope on causing another shock result in this year’s edition. We’ve prepared the best bets to take for this encounter.

Venue: Nassau County International Cricket Stadium

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South Africa arrived in the USA on the back of a demoralising 3-0 series loss to the Windies, although they were fielding a weakened squad with key players still engaged in the IPL. After just one intra-squad warm-up, they began their Group D campaign against Sri Lanka. Playing on tricky drop-in pitches from Florida, the Proteas bowled out Sri Lanka for just 77, thanks to Anrich Nortje’s stellar 4/7. Despite a slow start, experienced hands like Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen guided them to victory with six wickets in hand.

Facing the Netherlands in their next match, South Africa restricted their opponents to 103/9, with Ottneil Baartman leading the way with 4/11. Despite a rocky start in their chase, David Miller’s unbeaten 55* and Tristan Stubbs’ 33 secured a five-wicket win with seven balls to spare.

Bangladesh, playing their first match after a warm-up loss to India, bowled out Sri Lanka for 124/9, with the ‘Fizz’ and Rishad Hossain taking three wickets each. Despite a shaky start, key contributions from Kumar Das and Towhid Hridoy saw them to victory with an over and two wickets to spare. However, a recent series loss to the USA and their unconvincing win makes them the underdogs for their next match.

There have already been quite a few upsets in the tournament, but Bangladesh beating the Proteas wouldn’t come as a big surprise as they beat them in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. It is tempting to back The Tigers, but the Proteas should be able to win this game on a bowler-friendly pitch. Back the favourites, South Africa to win.

Players to Watch: Shakib al Hasan, a seasoned T20 all-rounder, has played 123 matches, nearing 2,500 runs and taking 146 wickets at 20.66 each. However, he’s struggled recently, with 2 wickets for 113 runs in his last 17 overs and just 109 runs from his last eight innings at an average of 15.57.

South Africa’s rising star, Ottneil Baartman has impressed in his three T20I appearances, grabbing eight wickets for just 46 runs at a remarkable economy rate of 3.83.

Prediction: South Africa to win at 1.29.

Key Stats

Big-hitting SA batter David Miller scored his first of only two T20I hundreds (101*) against Bangladesh back in October 2017.

Three of the first four matches played in New York were won by the team batting second.

Anrich Nortje is six wickets away from 50 in T20Is. He has taken ten wickets in his last seven matches with six coming from the last two.

Bangladesh batted second in seven of their last nine victories.

Quinton de Kock had never been dismissed in a T20I by any of Bangladesh’s last six bowlers before this game, scoring 88 runs from 57 balls.

Similarly, Litton has scored 52 runs from 54 balls bowled by South Africa’s last bowling attack in T20Is without getting out.

David Miller came into this game averaging 91 in all T20s against Bangladesh’s last bowling attack at a scoring rate of 9.40rpo.

Best Bets

Best Bet: Fall of 1st wicket to be under 17.5 at 1.86.

Value Bet: Ottneil Baartman to be South Africa’s top bowler at 4.35.

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