Athletic

Unchanged Bangladesh opt to bat first

Bangladesh opted to bat first in the second ODI of the three-match series against South Africa in Johannesburg.

A win will ensure the series for Bangladesh as they won the first match by 38 runs riding on the superb performance by Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali Rabbi and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

While Shakib, Liton and Yasir hit a fifty each, Mehidy bagged four wickets.

“We’ll have a bat first. We are confident, looks like a good wicket. We have to start well and post a decent total. It’s a great opportunity for us, everyone is motivated. We know how hard we have worked to get here. We have not made any changes,” Tamim said after winning the toss.

Bangladesh never won an ODI in South Africa before this series. Now, they are on the verge of winning a series in South Africa against the hosts.

South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (capt), Kyle Verreynne, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah Riayd, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Source: United News of Bangladesh