The T20 series of 2022

T20 World Cup 2022: Ultimate Match Guide - South Africa vs Bangladesh

Oct. 26, 2022

South Africa – Team Notes

Predicted Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Radaba, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi Batting Options: 7 (Main – 6; Support – 1) Opening Pair: RHB-LHB
  • Fantasy Opportunity Alert: We expect Mehidy Hasan Miraz to replace Yasir Ali or Najmul Hossain Shanto in the XI because the opposition has three left-handers in its top five and the game is being played in Sydney, one of the few places where finger spinners have had success in Australia's premier domestic T20 competition, BBL. And Mehidy has had a lot of success against South Africa, with the most notable achievement being the off-spin all-rounder's stellar role in one of the most stunning series wins of all time, 2-1 earlier this year in SA vs SA.
The 25-year-old excelled with both the bat and ball in the series:
  • Bat Contribution: 57 runs at 57/92
  • Ball Contribution: 6 wickets at 24/6
If he is not selected, the value is transferred to Mosaddek Hossain, who is more of a batter who bowls. But don't underestimate his off-spin value against left-handed batters. And regardless of which away-spin option Bangladesh chooses, expect the bowler to be introduced during the powerplay, as this strategy will primarily be used to counter Quinton de Kock. Middle Order: 2 LHB options between No.3 and No.5 Aiden Markram is the key player here. And we have something to work with him as well - given Bangladesh's potential off-spin trap, Markram will be expected to put pressure back on the opposition by launching them out of the ground. And the right-hander is fully capable of doing so. Keep in mind that not only will his batting be important in this game, but so will his bowling, as Bangladesh has four left-handers in their top five. This could bring Tristan Stubbs' all-round value into play, but he hasn't been used as much in T20Is as he has in T20s. Rossouw, like Quinton de Kock, will have to get through the spin bait to have an impact. Miller is South Africa's safest left-hand option against spin, and that is saying a lot.
  • Fantasy Threat Alert: Shakib Al Hasan is in form, but against a South African batting unit heavy on LHB, his fantasy potential suffers slightly. Don't leave him out in the small leagues, though; just don't cap or vice-cap him.
Lower Middle Order: Without Dwaine Pretorius, this is one of South Africa's weakest links, as Wayne Parnell is more of a top order/middle order hitter. This setup, like India's, puts a lot of pressure on Miller and Stubbs at No.5 and No.6 to both attack and not lose their wickets - which usually means implosion at some point during the tournament. Bowling Options: 6 (Main – 5, Support – 1) It will be interesting to see how SA's bowling unit lines up tomorrow, as Tabraiz Shamsi is a quality bowling option to have against this Bangladesh side. But to accomodate him, they will have to drop Lungi Ngidi or Keshav Maharaj. While Ngidi's bowling style suits the venue, Maharaj is the bigger name of the two.
  • Fantasy Opportunity Alert: If Shamsi is in, don't hesitate. Get him in.
In Form: Quinton de Kock, David Miller Out of Form: Temba Bavuma Big Names on the bench: Tabraiz Shamsi, Heinrich Klassen Potential Changes: Shamsi in; Ngidi/Maharaj out

Bangladesh – Team Notes

Predicted Playing XI: Soumya Sarkar, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud alt Bangladesh Batting Unit Makeup - 4 left-handers in the top 5 Brings in Wayne Parnell, Aiden Markram, and, if selected, Tabraiz Shamsi into play big time. These three players are South Africa's best options against left-handers, and they will face average batters at a venue that suits their bowling styles. Liton Das is without a doubt Bangladesh's best specialist batting option from a fantasy standpoint, as he players in the top four and is one of the few options in the batting order who is technically best equipped to handle the South African pace unit. Afif is the next best specialist batting option, and if South Africa isn't proactive in their bowling plans for him, he only needs 20 balls to make an impact on the game.
  • Fantasy Opportunity Alert: Pick Litton Das and Afif Hossain, especially if Bangladesh bat first
Lower middle order: Decent batting value in No.6-8 Unlike some of Bangladesh's previous lower middle orders, this one has some batting depth, albeit raw and not exactly position appropriate. But they do have specialist batters down the order in Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, and Mosaddek Hossain, so South Africa can't relax.
  • Fantasy Opportunity Alert: If Mehidy Hasan Miraz isn’t picked, get Mosaddek Hossain in
Bowling Unit Makeup - 5 (Main – 4, Support – 1) alt Bangladesh Bangladesh went light on bowling against the Netherlands, but doing so against South Africa will backfire, which is one of the main reasons we believe Mehidy Hasan Miraz will make the XI at any cost. While pacers Taskin Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud are in good form, spinners are likely to play a bigger role in this fixture, given the nature of the venue and the opposition.
  • Fantasy Opportunity Alert: You can afford to go in without any of Bangladesh’s pace bowling options
In Form: Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud Out of Form: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar Big Names on the bench: Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed Potential Changes: Najmul Hossain Shanto out, Mehidy Hasan Miraz in

Fantasy XI Builder

Base Players: Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Wayne Parnell, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz/Mosaddek Hossain Support Players: Rilee Rossouw, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Litton Das, Afif Hossain Combination fixer: David Miller in, one of Ngidi/Shamsi out; Taskin Ahmed in Differentials: Tabraiz Shamsi (3%), Mehidy Hasan Miraz (3%) Top C/VC Options: Quinton de Kock (25%), Aiden Markram (4%) Differential Captaincy Options: Aiden Markram (4%), Wayne Parnell (6%), Kagiso Rabada (5.5%)


  • Aiden Markram - Player Performance Points Over 25.5
  • Bangladesh Highest Scoring Over - Under 16.5
Please see our SCG - Ultimate Venue Guide for Sydney's boundary dimensions, deck nature, phase wise stats, what batting and bowling types work and what don't, and our South Africa vs Zimbabwe Ultimate Match Guide for South Africa's Fantasy Cheat Sheet and matchups section. Watch our live pre-match show on Twitter and YouTube tomorrow, which will begin one hour before the game's scheduled start time, to know our final Fantasy XI
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