The South African cricket team is all set to take on Bangladesh in Match 23 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on October 24 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. They have had a good run so far in the tournament, except for the loss against the Netherlands. South Africa have won three games and have six points from four matches, ranking third on the table.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh is sixth with two points from four matches. Their only win this season has come against Afghanistan in their opening match of the tournament. Since then, they have lost to England, New Zealand and India. Head-to-Head Bangladesh doesn’t have a great record against South Africa having won only six out of the 24 matches played. However, they have the ability to punch above their weight and pull off an upset.
In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the South Africa vs Bangladesh match in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for SA vs BAN
#Heinrich Klaasen vs Mustafizur Rahman
South African batter Heinrich Klaasen slammed a fantastic century against England at the Wankhede Stadium in the recent game. He smashed 109 runs at a strike rate of 162.69, with twelve centuries and four sixes. He will be keen to continue his form in the upcoming game. Klaasen will be up against Mustafizur Rahman in the game. The duo hasn’t faced each other in One-Day Internationals yet. They have only played one T20 match against each other, where Rahman dismissed him on the very first delivery.
#Mushfiqur Rahim vs Kagiso Rabada
Bangladesh batter Mushfiqur Rahim is their leading run-scorer in the tournament. He has scored 157 runs in four innings, at an average of 52.33, including two fifties. He has faced Kagiso Rabada on six occasions in One-Day Internationals. However, he hasn’t been able to score much runs. Rahim has only scored 26 runs off 46 deliveries, at a strike rate of 56.5, without getting dismissed. It will be interesting to see the battle between the two players.
Quinton de Kock vs Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh will be wary of the Quinton de Kock threat in the upcoming match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The South African opener has been in terrific form in the tournament, scoring 233 runs in four innings. He has slammed two centuries so far in the championship. Bangladesh will back on Shakib Al Hasan to counter the in-form batter. Shakib is likely to come back for the match after injury. He has dismissed Quinton de Kock twice previously.