Spotlight was on the host Bangladesh as they required just three wickets to secure their inaugural home triumph over New Zealand. Adding to the four wickets claimed on day four, Taijul Islam snared two more on the fifth morning, culminating in a six-wicket haul for 75 runs. With this stellar performance, Bangladesh closed the match with a commanding 150-run victory, as in pursuit of 332, New Zealand stumbled at 181. Taijul's ten-wicket haul, conceding 184 runs, marked his second instance of achieving ten or more wickets in a single Test. His first decimation of this magnitude came in 2018 against Zimbabwe at the same venue. Taijul takes 4 wickets as Bangladesh closes in on win in first test against New Zealand This triumph propels Bangladesh into the new World Test Championship cycle on a high note, a noteworthy feat given the absence of several senior players in this match. The designated Test captain, Shakib Al Hasan, remained sidelined due to a finger injury, joined by Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das for various reasons. The mantle fell upon the rejuvenated Bangladesh Test team under the leadership of Najmul Hossain Shanto, who, having led Bangladesh in the World Cup in Shakib's absence, made a spectacular debut as Test captain by scoring a century—the first for a Bangladeshi in debut as captain. This century laid the foundation for the Tigers to set a challenging target for New Zealand, a team that had never successfully chased more than 324 runs in the fourth innings to win a Test. Notably, the last instance was in 1994 when they defeated Pakistan chasing 324 runs, making this pursuit a significant challenge. Sylhet Test: Quick wickets daunt New Zealand’s chase for 332 Chasing a target of 332 runs in the fourth innings, New Zealand faltered early, losing wickets at regular intervals and failing to recover from the initial setback of losing three for 30 runs. Daryl Mitchell displayed resilience with a score of 58, while Tim Southee contributed 34 in the face of a formidable bowling attack from Bangladesh. However, apart from them, none of the other New Zealand batters could mount significant resistance. Taijul's exceptional performance in this match marked his 13th five or more-wicket haul in Tests, making him the second-best for Bangladesh after Shakib, who boasts 19 such hauls. In the first innings, Bangladesh posted 310, with Mahmudul Hasan Joy notching up 86 after winning the toss. No player from Bangladesh managed to cross the fifty-run mark. Glenn Phillips shone for New Zealand, taking four wickets. In response, New Zealand secured a narrow 7-run lead, scoring 317 in their first innings, with Kane Williamson being the standout performer with a century. Taijul contributed with four wickets in the first innings. Sylhet Test: Bangladesh set 332-run target for New Zealand In their final innings, Bangladesh scored 338, anchored by Shanto's century and fifties from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Ajaz Patel took four wickets for the visitors. With this win, overall second against New Zealand, Bangladesh took the lead in the two-match series. The second and final match of this series is scheduled to take place in Dhaka on December 6.
Following a break due to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, New Zealand is going to resume its tour of Bangladesh. Previously, the Kiwis secured a 2-0 victory in the three-match ODI series (with the first match being canceled due to rain) and are now prepared for a two-test series set to start on Tuesday, November 28, at 9:30 am Bangladesh time. The 2023 BAN vs NZ 1st Test match will be played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. Preview of Bangladesh vs New Zealand Test Match Bangladesh appointed left-handed batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto as the captain for the Test format. This marks Shanto's debut as the leader of the test side, building on his previous experience as captain during the ODI Cricket World Cup in India when Shakib Al Hasan was sidelined due to injury. Regrettably, Bangladesh will be without the pacer Taskin Ahmed, who is currently sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Additionally, Shakib Al Hasan, the usual Test captain, is unavailable following a finger injury sustained during the World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka. Liton Das has taken a leave to spend time with his newborn daughter. Shadman Islam and Nurul Hasan Sohan returned to the team after a long time. Shadman last played a Test for the national team against the West Indies in April last year. In addition, Sohan's most recent appearance was in December against India. Both players feature prominently among the top five run-scorers in the current National League season. Sohan, positioned at number two, has accumulated an impressive total of 435 runs in 9 innings across 6 matches. On the other hand, Sadman's scored 411 runs in 8 innings of 5 matches. Mushfiqur Rahim is expected to lead the batting lineup, partnering with Mominul Haque, Shadman Islam, and Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Additionally, the all-rounder roles will be carried out by Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shahadat Hossain. Taijul Islam will lead the bowling department, with support from Shoriful Islam and Khaled Ahmed, who made his ODI debut in the last series. Hasan Murad has earned his maiden call-up to the Test team. Murad consistently showed his skills in domestic cricket, catching the attention of selectors. Currently, he ranks among the top 10 wicket-takers in the ongoing National Cricket League. Given his performance and potential, the selectors saw fit to include the left-arm spinner, a member of the Youth World Cup-winning team, in the Test squad against New Zealand. On the other hand, Tim Southee will be the captain for the Kiwis, and the team will feature players like Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, and Mitchell Santner. Rachin Ravindra, who had an outstanding World Cup in 2023, is back in the Test squad after last playing against Bangladesh in January 2022. Neil Wagner joined the New Zealand Test squad on November 17, 2023, filling in for the injured Matt Henry. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: Top Performers in Batting, Bowling and Fielding At a Glance Bangladesh Test Squad Against New Zealand Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shahadat Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Mominul Haque, Hasan Murad, and Nayeem Hasan. New Zealand Test Squad Against Bangladesh Tim Southee (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Kane Williamson, Will Young, and Neil Wagner. Bangladesh vs New Zealand Head-to-Head in Test New Zealand and Bangladesh have contested 17 Test matches, with the Kiwis emerging victorious in 13 encounters. Bangladesh managed to clinch victory in only one match. Three of the test matches were drawn. In their last series in 2021-2022, the Tigers managed to draw against New Zealand in an away series. Bangladesh achieved a historic milestone with their maiden Test win over New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on December 31, 2021. Read more: New Zealand tour of Bangladesh in 2023-2024 Table: BAN vs NZ H-to-H Test Stats So Far Total Test Matches Bangladesh Win New Zealand Win Draw 17 1 13 3 Key Bangladeshi Players to Watch Mushfiqur Rahim Mushfiqur Rahim has scored 442 runs in nine Test matches against New Zealand at an average of 34. During these matches, he has hit one century and two half-centuries. So, he might use his previous experience against the Kiwis/ Najmul Hossian Shanto Shanto is one of the leading run-scorers for Bangladesh in Test cricket this year, scoring 274 runs at an impressive average of 68.50 in two matches, including two centuries. Against New Zealand, he has scored 144 runs from three matches. Mehidy Hasan Miraz Miraz has played 5 test matches against New Zealand and grabbed 10 wickets. He also scored 81 runs for Bangladesh. His all-round skills have improved since his last meeting with New Zealand in January 2022. So, he will surely make some impact. Key New Zealand Players to Watch Tom Latham Tom Latham is the second-highest run-scorer for New Zealand against Bangladesh, having accumulated 734 runs in six Tests at an outstanding average of 91.75. During these matches, he has scored three centuries and a single fifty, with a highest score of 252. Neil Wagner Neil Wagner stands as New Zealand's second-highest wicket-taker against Bangladesh in a test, having secured 39 wickets. So, Bangladeshi batters will have to play Wagner carefully. Final Words With both teams making strategic adjustments and adding a blend of experienced players and emerging talents, the cricketing stage is set for a fascinating match. Bangladesh, led by debutant Test captain Najmul Hossain Shanto, face challenges with key players unavailable due to injuries and personal reasons. On the other hand, New Zealand, under the captaincy of Tim Southee, bring a challenging lineup that includes the returning Rachin Ravindra and the experienced Tom Latham. Read more: Ticket prices unveiled for Bangladesh vs New Zealand test match in Sylhet
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has disclosed the ticket prices for the upcoming two-match test series featuring Bangladesh and New Zealand, set to commence on November 28 in Sylhet. For the first test match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS), the prices are as follows: Grand Stand at Tk 1,000; Club House at Tk 300; Eastern Gallery at TK 200; Western Gallery at Tk 100; and Green Hill Area at Tk 100. Bangladesh Women's Cricket team due to fly South Africa Saturday Ticket counters, situated at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) Main Gate Lakkatura and Sylhet District Stadium (Main Gate) Rikabibazar, will operate from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on match days and the day preceding. This series marks the commencement of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, representing the first home series for the Tigers in this event. BCB has officially announced a 15-member squad for this series, with Najmul Hossain Shanto leading the team. Shanto, a left-handed top-order batter, assumed test captaincy for the first time, stepping in for the regular captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who is sidelined due to a finger injury. DRU Cricket: Holders Dainik Inqilab, Jagonews, ATN Bangla advance to quarter-finals on Day-3 Notably, three players are set to make their test debut for Bangladesh in this series: Hasan Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, and Hasan Morad. While Mahmud has prior experience in ODIs and T20Is, this marks his Test debut. Shahadat and Morad, on the other hand, have yet to make their international cricket debuts. While the first test of the two-match series will be played in Sylhet, the second and final match will be played in Dhaka on December 6. Marlon Samuels faces 6-year ban for breaching anti-corruption code Bangladesh squad for the New Zealand Test series: Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Naeem Hasan, Khaled Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, and Hasan Morad.
The 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup wrapped up with Australia beating India in the much awaited final, securing their sixth World Cup title with a six-wicket win. Across the tournament, numerous players showcased their skills and made their mark on the pitch. Let’s take a look at the top performers of ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023. Top Batters in ICC World Cup 2023 Table: Best 5 batters in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup Tournament Player Matches Innings Runs High Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s Virat Kohli (IND) 11 11 765 117 95.62 90.31 3 6 Rohit Sharma (IND) 11 11 597 131 54.27 125.94 1 3 Quinton de Kock (SA) 10 10 594 174 59.40 107.02 4 - Rachin Ravindra (NZ) 10 10 578 123* 64.22 106.44 3 2 Daryl Mitchell (NZ) 10 9 552 134 69.00 111.06 2 2 Virat Kohli (IND) Virat Kohli’s performance in the World Cup 2023 was nothing short of extraordinary. He scored six 50s and three centuries, setting a new tournament record with an aggregate of 765 runs. This surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 673 by an impressive margin of 92 runs. Kohli’s crucial innings, particularly his 85 against Australia in India’s tournament opener when they were 2 for 3, established the tone for his outstanding run. While much attention was given to his personal milestones, such as his 49th and 50th ODI centuries, Kohli ensured that his brisk run-scoring consistently contributed to the team’s success. Virat Kohli was honored with the Player of the Tournament award for his exceptional performance. Read more: Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Showing Light of Hope Rohit Sharma (IND) In nine out of 11 innings, Rohit Sharma consistently scored at least 40 runs, showcasing amazing consistency. In eight of these innings, he maintained a scoring rate of over a run per ball, achieving a strike rate exceeding 150 on four occasions. Balancing both run-scoring and quick-scoring is often challenging, but Rohit successfully managed it throughout the entire tournament. He secured the position of the second-highest run-scorer and among the 13 batsmen with at least 400 runs. Rohit’s 401 runs in the first powerplay were an impressive 54% better than the next-best (David Warner’s 260), and he contributed to 58% of India’s total runs while at the crease. Quinton de Kock (SA) In his farewell appearance in the 50-over World Cup format, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock ensured he departed with cherished memories, delivering an impressive performance. The left-hander scored 594 runs in ten games at an average of 59.40 with a 107.02 strike rate. Despite the Proteas being eliminated in the semi-final, De Kock’s remarkable contribution included four centuries, the highest in the tournament. These centuries not only delighted South African supporters but also entertained neutral fans, leaving a lasting impression in his last World Cup. Rachin Ravindra (NZ) In his debut World Cup appearance, New Zealand batter Rachin Ravindra made a significant impact by emerging as the highest-scoring Kiwi batsman at the 2023 edition. With a total of 578 runs and an impressive average of 64.22, Ravindra showcased his talent on the global stage. The left-hander illuminated the tournament with a brilliant century on the opening day against England. Demonstrating consistency and expertise with the bat, the 24-year-old Kiwi has undoubtedly set the stage for a promising future in international cricket. Daryl Mitchell (NZ) With Kane Williamson sidelined for a significant part of the tournament, New Zealand relied on other top-order batsmen to step up, and Daryl Mitchell, along with Rachin Ravindra, delivered splendid performances. Mitchell impressively scored at over a run per ball in seven out of nine innings, displaying crucial intent that disrupted bowlers and allowed New Zealand to score rapidly in the middle overs (11 to 40). Read more: ODI Batting Rankings: Mahmudullah’s ranking goes up During this phase, New Zealand’s run rate of 6.47 was the highest among all teams. Mitchell’s middle-order contributions were notable, accumulating 472 runs, second only to Kohli’s 576, at an excellent strike rate of 111.58. A significant factor in his success was his performance against spinners, scoring 234 runs at an average of 78 and a strike rate of 106.84.
The Cricket World Cup attracted a tournament-record 1.25 million spectators during the 6 1-2-week event which ended Sunday with Australia beating India by six wickets for its sixth title. The ICC said Tuesday that the tournament had 1,250,307 spectators. With six games to go, the spectator figures had already surpassed the one million mark. Read: 'It Takes One Day': Australia clinch 6th World Cup title stunning India in one-sided final The India attendance figures surpass the earlier marks of the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand which attracted 1,016,420 spectators and the 2019 edition in England and Wales which had 752,000 fans. The 10-team tournament in India saw each team play the others once to advance to the semifinals. There were 48 matches played overall for a total average attendance of about 26,000. Read: World Cup 2023 Final: Early wickets pose challenge for Australia in pursuit of 241 It was the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup first held in 1975.
In the final of the ICC World Cup 2023 against Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday, India lost three wickets before reaching 100 runs on the board. Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first. India's Shubman Gill fell to a loose shot, caught by Adam Zampa, giving Mitchel Starc the first breakthrough. Read: ICC World Cup 2023 Final: Australia ask India to bat first However, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli responded aggressively. In the seventh over, Virat hit Starc for three consecutive fours, quickly finding his rhythm. Rohit, maintaining his aggressive form throughout the World Cup, took on Glenn Maxwell in the 10th over but ended up playing a poor shot. Travis Head made a spectacular diving catch at cover, marking the catch of the match. In the next over, India lost Shreyas Iyer to Pat Cummins with a catch behind the wicket, as Shreyas missed a good connection. Read: ICC World Cup 2023: Stage set for grand final between Australia and India After the 11th over, India stood at 82 for three. This is the second time India and Australia are facing each other in the World Cup final. In their previous encounter, Australia emerged victorious.
Top-order batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto will lead the Bangladesh team in the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand starting later this month. Jalal Younus, chairman of the cricket operation department of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), confirmed the development to media on Saturday (November 18, 2023). “Shanto will lead the team in the two Tests against New Zealand,” Jalal said at a press briefing at the BCB media lounge. In the ICC World Cup 2023, deemed “the worst” for Bangladesh by Shakib Al Hasan, Shanto led the team in two matches when the regular captain Shakib was out of the playing XI due to injury concerns. Read: New Zealand to visit Bangladesh in November for 2-Test series Shakib, who was ruled out of the World Cup before the last match for Bangladesh, is set to miss the upcoming Test series as he continues to recover from a finger injury. Opener Litton Das has also been granted leave for a month. He recently became father of a baby girl. “Litton asked for leave for two months; we have accepted one month,” Jalal confirmed. “He became a father, so he needs leave, and we understand it.” Meanwhile, Allan Donald resigned from his post as the pace bowling coach of Bangladesh. In his absence, coaches from the high-performance unit may join the national team to fulfill his role. The BCB will soon appoint a new pace-bowling coach. Read more: New Zealand tour of Bangladesh in 2023-2024: Schedules, Fixtures, Team
The last match of the 2023 Cricket World Cup is on Sunday, November 19, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India and Australia will play the final match, which will start at 2:30 pm Bangladesh time. The last time these two teams faced each other in a World Cup final was in 2003. Australia came out victorious, winning the game by 125 runs and securing their third World Cup trophy. Who do you think will win this time? Let's find out. Preview of India vs Australia ODI in ICC World Cup 2023 From losing the first two matches to reaching the final, Australia really improved their game through the last eight matches. Pat Cummins' team has shown an impressive turnaround after losing their first two matches in the tournament. They secured their spot in the final with a tense win against South Africa. The Eden Garden pitch was slow in the second semifinal, making it challenging for batsmen to score runs. Despite this, South Africa managed to post a total of 212 runs. However, Australia faced a tough task in chasing down this modest target. The struggle was evident as they teetered on the edge, but ultimately, they secured a spot in the final by winning the match with a margin of 3 wickets. The Australians faced considerable pressure from the Proteas, who managed to take 7 wickets. Despite this challenging situation, the Aussies made a comeback, securing a win thanks to the responsible batting of captain Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Starc finished the match not out with 16 runs, while Cummins contributed 14 runs. Travis Head was the top scorer for the team with 62 runs. Additionally, Steve Smith added 30 runs to the total, while David Warner was dismissed after scoring 29 runs. Read more: World Cup 2023: Australia secure final berth by beating South Africa in low-scoring affair This marks the eighth time Australia is participating in the World Cup Final, having previously won the trophy five times. Yet, if Australia emerges as the focal point by Sunday night, it indicates a significant setback for India. India will be looking for its third World Cup title at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Their last victory came in 2011 when they defeated Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India has been the most impressive team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, winning all 10 games in the tournament. They concluded the group stage at the top with nine wins in nine games, comfortably defeating almost every team in the competition. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, they secured a spot in the final by beating New Zealand in the semifinal at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium with a 70-run victory in a high-scoring match. Previously, India effortlessly defeated Australia by six wickets in their initial group-stage encounter, and there are no indications that their momentum will fade. Everything suggests that they are on track to win the tournament on their home ground, just as they did in 2011. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: Kohli, Shreyas propel India to massive total in semifinal against New Zealand India vs Australia Head to Head in ODI So Far The cricketing rivalry between India and Australia in ODIs has been a fiercely contested battle, spanning a total of 150 matches. The head-to-head statistics reveal a closely fought competition, with Australia holding the advantage. Out of the 150 encounters, Australia emerged victorious in 83 matches, showcasing their dominance on multiple occasions. On the other hand, India secured triumph in 57 matches, illustrating their competitive spirit. Notably, there have been no tied matches in this intense rivalry, but 10 encounters ended with no result. India vs Australia ODI clashes have consistently provided fans with thrilling moments and cricketing excellence, making it one of the most anticipated and celebrated rivalries in the world of cricket. In the history of the ODI World Cup, Australia and India have faced each other thirteen times, with Australia holding an 8-5 advantage in their head-to-head record. The most recent encounter at the 2023 World Cup saw India emerging victorious, beating Australia by 6 wickets. Table: India vs Australia Head-to-Head ODI Matches So Far Stats Matches India Won Australia Won No Result Tie Overall 150 57 83 10 0 ODI World Cups 13 5 8 0 0 Predicted XI for India Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj. Predicted XI for Australia Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marnus Labuschagne/Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: Australia Men's ODI Squad Analysis Indian Players to Watch Virat Kohli Virat Kohli has surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's record for the most runs in a World Cup by scoring 711 runs, achieving this feat with a game to spare. Additionally, Kohli has now reached a milestone of 50 ODI centuries. As Virat is in great form, his performance in the final will be crucial. Mohammed Shami As it stands, Mohammed Shami has emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, an impressive feat considering he has played in only six matches. Shami's ability to consistently take wickets has undoubtedly contributed to his standout performance in the competition. And his 7 wicket haul in the last match was a record. So, Aussies will need to play Shami carefully in the final. Rohit Sharma In the 2023 ICC World Cup, Rohit Sharma has been the standout batsman for India, consistently delivering explosive starts that have frequently placed the team in advantageous positions. Further, he has a good record against Australia, scoring 2332 runs from 44 matches with 209 high scores. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: India ODI Squad Analysis Australian Players to Watch David Warner In the semi final against South Africa at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, David Warner reached an impressive achievement. He became the first Australian batsman to score 500 runs in two different ODI World Cup editions. Warner's skill as a left-handed batsman was clear when he accumulated 647 runs in the previous 2019 edition. Now, he joins an elite group, being only the third player to score over 500 runs in two World Cups. He is a reliable batter for big matches. So, he will surely show his skill in the final. Adam Zampa Adam Zampa's performance in the ICC World Cup 2023 has been truly impressive. Despite facing difficulties earlier in the tournament when he gave away 113 runs, Zampa showed flexibility and a champion's mentality. Taking on the responsibility as the sole spinner for Australia, he has claimed 22 wickets, making him the second-leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Josh Hazlewood Josh Hazlewood delivered an outstanding performance in the ICC World Cup 2023 semifinal against South Africa, making a significant impact in the early stage of the match. He played a key role in limiting the strong South African top order by taking the crucial wickets of Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram. In his eight overs, he conceded only 12 runs, with seven of those runs coming from edges or false shots. Final Words India has secured ten victories out of ten matches in the ICC World Cup 2023 so far. The top battle will occur in the top order, where players like Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood need to stop Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli from making a strong start. However, even if they manage to do so, the in-form Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul add significant firepower. This offensive capability is supported by a well-rounded Indian bowling attack. So, India has maximum chances to win the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup final match against Australia. Read more: New Zealand tour of Bangladesh in 2023-2024: Schedules, Fixtures, Team
South Africa and Australia will play in the second semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2023. The spotlight is on the clash between these two cricket giants, set to unfold at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match will kick off at 2:30 pm Bangladesh time on November 16, 2023. Preview of SA vs AUS ODI in ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 South Africa is up against Australia, which seems to be the rematch of the 1999 World Cup edition. The South African team led by Temba Bavuma has been impressive, winning seven out of nine games in the tournament. Their only losses were against India and, surprisingly, the Netherlands. The South African team has a strong batting lineup in this World Cup, evident in their dominant performance against Sri Lanka, where they set the highest score of 428 in the World Cup. Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and especially Quinton de Kock are in excellent form in the current ODI tournament. Quinton de Kock, who appears to be in his last ODI World Cup, has been notably outstanding, accumulating a total of 591 runs during the group stage. However, there's uncertainty about their captain, Bavuma, as he is doubtful to start due to a hamstring injury sustained in the match against Afghanistan. Read more: New Zealand tour of Bangladesh in 2023-2024: Schedules, Fixtures, Team In terms of fast bowlers, South Africa hasn't felt the absence of the injured Anrich Nortje much. Players like Gerald Coetzee, Marco Jansen, and Kagiso Rabada have given their best. Coetzee, in particular, has been impressive, taking 18 wickets in the group stage of the tournament. Jansen, who also contributes with the bat, has secured 17 wickets. The upcoming match at Eden Gardens, renowned for aiding both pacers and batters, promises to be an exciting viewing experience. In contrast, Australia experienced a slow start in the World Cup. They faced setbacks with consecutive losses to India and South Africa, impacting their early standing. Nevertheless, the Australian team quickly recovered, securing wins against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and New Zealand. Key players like David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, and Travis Head have been making significant contributions with the bat. Notable moments include Maxwell's explosive 201-run performance against Afghanistan and Marsh's impressive 177-run innings against Bangladesh. Although Mitchell Starc hasn't been taking many wickets, Adam Zampa has been a standout performer for Australia, with an impressive haul of 22 wickets in the World Cup group stage. This incredible performance put them in the favorite position in the World Cup. The Australian team is eager to turn the tables and avenge their 134-run loss against South Africa in match 10 of the ongoing tournament. Read more: ICC unveils prize money for 2023 Cricket World Cup South Africa vs Australia Head to Head in ODI In the 109 head-to-head ODI matches between South Africa and Australia, South Africa holds the edge. They have secured victory 55 times, while Australia has won 50 times. Interestingly, three matches, including a World Cup semifinal, concluded in a tie, and one match had no result. Out of South Africa's 55 wins, 27 came while batting first and 28 while chasing. On the other hand, Australia achieved 17 victories when chasing and 33 when setting a target. It sets the stage for a closely contested match, given the history of competition between these two cricketing powerhouses. In the history of the ODI World Cup, South Africa and Australia have faced each other seven times. Their record is evenly matched, with both teams securing three victories each. Notably, their encounter in the 1999 semi final ended in a tie, adding a dramatic chapter to their World Cup history. Table: South Africa vs Australia Head-to-Head ODI Matches So Far Stats Matches South Africa Won Australia Won No Result Tie Overall 109 55 50 1 3 ODI World Cups 7 3 3 0 1 Predicted South Africa XI Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Predicted Australia XI Travis Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marnus Labuschagne/Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: Australia Men's ODI Squad Analysis Key South African Players to Watch Quinton de Kock Undoubtedly, all attention will be on Quinton de Kock in the semifinals. As of the end of the group stage, he stands as the second-highest run-scorer in the competition, scoring an impressive 591 runs with an average of 65.66. De Kock has been in exceptional form, hitting four centuries in this edition. The team would certainly appreciate it if he could add one more to his tally in the upcoming match. His performance will likely play a crucial role in determining South Africa's success in the semifinals. Heinrich Klaasen Heinrich Klaasen is a hard hitter who makes a significant impact, showcasing a striking rate of 140.51 in this competition. He particularly excels when facing spinners and could be the one to challenge the in-form Adam Zampa. Given his proficiency in facing spin bowling, Klaasen emerges as a player to watch closely, and his performance may have a crucial impact in the upcoming match. Kagiso Rabada South Africa's bowling is strong and balanced, thanks to the reliable Kagiso Rabada. He's an experienced and dependable fast bowler who grabbed 29 wickets against Australia with an average of 24.96. Rabada's skill and know-how make him a key player in South Africa's bowling lineup, and he'll be crucial in the upcoming match against Australia. Read more: Bangladesh's Overall Performance Analysis in the ICC World Cup 2023 Key Australian Players to Watch David Warner The Australian batting lineup is packed with powerful hitters, and this strength extends deep into the order. David Warner, in particular, has consistently performed well throughout the tournament, scoring a total of 499 runs at an impressive average of 55.44. His contributions with the bat have been crucial, and he will likely play a key role in the upcoming match. Mitchell Marsh Mitchell Marsh recently delivered a remarkable unbeaten innings of 177 runs from 132 balls against Bangladesh. His outstanding performance played a pivotal role in Australia successfully chasing a target of 307 with nearly six overs to spare. Marsh's impactful contribution adds another layer of strength to the Australian team as they head into the upcoming match. Adam Zampa Australia's bowling hasn't been particularly impressive, except for Adam Zampa's outstanding performance. The leg-spinner is leading the bowling charts in this World Cup, having taken an impressive 22 wickets at an average of 18.90. Zampa's remarkable form has been a standout for Australia in the tournament. Read more: FIFA World Cup 2026 2nd Round Qualifiers: BAN vs AUS Match Preview Final Words Australia and South Africa have a rich history of rivalry, filled with memorable contests, and this upcoming match promises to be another thrilling encounter. The last time these teams faced off in the tournament, South Africa dominated, winning by 134 runs. However, a lot has changed since then, and it's unlikely we'll see a repeat of that result. Australia enters the knockout stage with confidence, riding on a winning streak, and they are known to be tough opponents in such high-pressure situations. Considering Australia's current form, they are likely to come out on top in this contest in the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023. Read more: T Sports Bags Broadcasting Rights for BPL's Next Two Seasons and Bangladesh’s Home Series Till 2024
In a major broadcasting feat, the T Sports-led Sports Consortium has secured the rights for the next two seasons of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). This move establishes T Sports as a key player in bringing the excitement of the BPL to both traditional TV screens and the T Sports App, providing viewers with more options to enjoy the highly anticipated domestic cricket event in Bangladesh. Read: ICC World Cup 2023 Semifinal: Preview of India vs New Zealand ODI The Sports Consortium, under the leadership of T Sports, has also secured the broadcasting rights for all home series of the Bangladesh cricket team until December 2024. Expressing appreciation for the trust placed in T Sports by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Ishtiaq Sadik, CEO of T Sports, highlighted the consortium's commitment to collaboration with the BCB. Looking ahead, the tenth season of the BPL is slated to commence in early 2024, promising cricket enthusiasts an exciting spectacle featuring seven competitive teams. T Sports aims to bring the tournament to new heights, enhancing production quality and engaging viewers in an unparalleled cricketing experience. Read: World Cup 2023: Kohli, Rohit Sharma take wickets as India crush the Netherlands Beyond BPL and Bangladesh’s fixtures, T Sports has made substantial strides by securing the broadcasting rights for all home matches of the Indian cricket team until 2028. This groundbreaking development means that viewers in Bangladesh can now enjoy the cricketing prowess of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma through T Sports TV and the T Sports App. The acquisition of India's home matches rights solidifies T Sports as a premier sports broadcaster, providing its audience with an extensive array of cricket content.