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Confident South Africa looks to seal series

Bangladesh might consider reverting to its five-bowler formula as it seeks to level the three-match series in second ODI

Confident South Africa looks to seal series - Cricket News
If Morne Morkel, who sat out in the first ODI plays, it will mark his 100th ODI.
A confident South African side will be hoping that Kagiso Rabada, who took record-breaking figures of 6 for 16 on ODI debut, can repeat his heroics in the second game of its three-match series against Bangladesh. South Africa can seal the series with victory in the second ODI on Sunday (July 12), after an eight-wicket triumph on Friday. 

In the first ODI on Friday in Mirpur, Rabada became only the second man to claim a hat-trick on debut and went on to end with ODI figures that were not only the best for any debutant, but also the best by a South African bowler. 

Russell Domingo, the South Africa coach, had asked his players to step up in the absence of players like AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, and led by Rabada, they responded to the coach's call. They restricted the home side to 160 in 36.3 overs, before Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw added 99 in an unbroken third-wicket stand to comfortably overhaul the target with almost nine overs to spare in the truncated game.  
“When I was bowling in the warm-up, I was itching to get good rhythm, and the wickets just came,” said Rabada. “I think you are responsible to represent your country, you are responsible to make sure you fulfil your role. Every game, I want to make sure I'm ready, and if I play, try to do well.”  

Rabada's place in the attack should be secure, but South Africa's bowling line-up for the second ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium could still see some changes. The experienced Morne Morkel sat out in the first ODI, as did Aaron Phangiso, who picked up four wickets in the two T20Is, and Wayne Parnell. If Morkel does play, it will mark his 100th ODI.   

Bangladesh, who came into this series on the back of historic 3-0 and 2-1 series wins at home against Pakistan and India respectively, and a maiden appearance in an ICC World Cup quarterfinal in the 2015 edition, will want to recapture that form to keep its series hopes alive.

To do that, Bangladesh will look to its top order to come good. "Some batsmen who are getting set are getting out,” said Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain. “We need to turn around from this.”

Bangladesh will also hope that the bowlers, especially the part-time bowling options, can step up their game. On Friday, it went into the game with only four specialist bowlers, and with the strategy backfiring, it might consider returning to the five-bowler combination that has proved to be successful.

With no rain expected on Sunday afternoon, Bangladesh could still get its chance to turn things around, but it will be fully aware of the threat from the South African youngsters.  

The final ODI of the three-match series will be on July 15 in Chittagong, before the teams meet for two Tests.

Teams (from): 
Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Litton Das, Arafat Sunny, Jubair Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.

South Africa: Hashim Amla (capt), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Farhaan Berhardien, Eddie Leie, Ryan McLaren.

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