About the Match
The hosts did a commendable job to draw the first test match against South Africa and will be determined to do better in the 2nd Test that’s scheduled to be held at Dhaka from 30th July. Winning the ODI series before this, Bangladesh definitely made a strong statement to the visitors about their abilities to take challenges head-on; the Proteas, who had dominated in the T20 matches, were unable to clinch the one-day series and will be eager to bounce back with a test series win here. It needs to be seen which side can use the resources at hand to dominate on the field over the coming weekend.
Mustafizur Rahman made a sensational test debut by striking gold in the first innings of the last match; he claimed 4 wickets at an economy of 2.09 runs per over to cause heavy upset to the Proteas, who were batting first. Jubair Hossain took 3 wickets while the other experienced players like Shakib-Al-Hasan, Mahmudullah and Taijul Islam claimed a wicket each to demolish the opponent.
The batsmen looked sharp and determined to post a huge total; Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Shakib and Liton Das made good contributions to keep the scoreboard ticking and they reached 326 in reply to South Africa’s 248 in the first innings. Although the rain gods forced a draw, the hosts were in a better position to overcome the Proteas on the last two days of the match.
The bowlers have done very well and are raring to go when it comes to improvising the situation; with batsmen who are in-form and getting the big runs, the team looks well set to take on South Africa by the horns and move towards sweet victory.
Although the top order showed their strengths with the bat, they failed to build strong partnerships in the first match, which led to instability in the end; players like Duminy and Quinton de Kock, who are familiar with the sub-continent ground conditions were taken by surprise and got out for ducks. Despite Temba Bavuma’s 54, the middle order struggled and they were all-out by the 84th over.
The bowlers did comparatively better with Steyn and Harmer taking 3 scalps each to restrict the hosts while Philander, Elgar and van Zyl took regular wickets to take back some control in the game. However, the rains played havoc and the game was stopped in between South Africa’s 2nd innings with the bat. They will need to come back stronger with both bat and ball to overcome the rejuvenated home team.
While South Africa has hard-hitting batsmen like Faf du Plessis, Amla, Stiaan van Zyl and Elgar at the top order, they need the middle order to come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match.
The Bangladeshi tigers have woken up after a long slumber and have steadily become a formidable team to reckon with, especially on home turf; however, as far as consistency and proven performers go, South Africa has a better record in tests and looks well placed to win this contest, provided the weather allows full five days of cricket