Cricket: Deciding Match between Bangladesh and South AfricaPublished July 15, 2015 by Amir G
Will Bangladesh make history and beat South Africa in today's 3rd ODI? (10:00 UK time).
The three-match One-day International (ODI) series between Bangladesh and South Africa is coming to a close today at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong (10:00 UK time). With the sides tied at 1-1, today's match will be deciding and dramatic.
Will Bangladesh Deliver a Shock?
The hosts have a lot of incentive to give their best today after beating the South Africans in the prior game with an 88 from Soumya Sarkar in Sunday's game. The Tigers will rely on the likes of Sarkar as well as Nasir Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman who proved essential to beating the guests on Sunday.
But the team can't rely on three alone, and the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal should all be at top form. Bangladesh have beaten India and Pakistan lately and an historic ODI over South Africa would be huge for them; the victory on Sunday was a first since 2007.
Danger for South Africa
Missing a few of their fast bowlers like Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn as well as top batsman A.B. de Villiers, South Africa is not at its top form. Their ego is hurt from Sunday's defeat and they will want to come back at the Bangladeshis.
Losing today would mean an historic failure so much is at stake for South Africa. Much will rest on the shoulders of Hashim Amla who is ranked as the world's no. 3 batsman in Test and ODIS. The return of Morne Morkel might bring some relief to the South Africans, but they must get a great team game in action in order not to lose this one.
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