The afternoon match in Abu Dhabi will be the fourth match of the Super 12 stage for both teams. South Africa recovered from an opening game loss to Australia to post hard-fought wins against West Indies and Sri Lanka. With just one more game to play after this one, a win is essential for them to stay in reach of a top two spot.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, are looking for their first points in the group, having lost close games to Sri Lanka and West Indies, and been brushed aside by England.
The Tigers’ campaign has faltered on several counts. They haven’t been able to hit out in the Powerplay, the large ground sizes haven’t helped them clear the boundaries as regularly as they would have liked, and their catching has let them down. To compound things further, they have lost Shakib Al Hasan, the No.1 all-rounder on the ICC Men’s T20I Rankings, to injury.
South Africa haven’t been emphatic in their wins, but have been impressive at crucial points of the games. Where Bangladesh have let games slip away, Temba Bavuma’s men have scrapped hard to claim the advantage when under pressure. Against Sri Lanka, for example, David Miller and Kagiso Rabada chased 25 in the last two overs by bringing out a few big hits.
Their challenge will be to quickly adjust to conditions in Abu Dhabi, where they suffered their only loss. Scoring has been hard at this ground, even with pacers enjoying success.
Possible XI: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markam, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Bangladesh are without the talismanic Shakib Al Hasan, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a hamstring injury. They are also missing wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan, who missed the game against West Indies with a midriff injury. Nasum Ahmed, the left-arm spinner, could be brought back to cover one of Shakib’s skills, while all-rounder Shamim Hossain could also get a look in.
Possible XI: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (capt), Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Shamim Hossain/Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman