About the Match
Everything happened on the expected lines in the first test between South Africa and Bangladesh. Bangladesh will be looking to turn the tide in their favor when they come out on the field on Friday, 6th October at Bloemfontein. While the hosts were remarkably impressive in all three departments of the game, things weren't as bright for the visitors.Bangladesh were bundled out for less than a hundred runs after a long time. Although the teams look a little mismatched after the first game, Bangladesh have the tendency to bounce back hard and strong, and if they can do that, things could get pretty interesting in the middle.
Weather and the Toss
Despite a huge win, Proteas' skipper Faf du Plessis was critical of the pitch curator and termed it as flat. If the pitch at Bloemfontein suits the bowlers more, the visitors will have their work cut out. Light showers are expected on a couple of days prior to the match days, but it is going to be warm and sunny during the match days and we can expect five full days available for Test Cricket. However, with rain over the days leading to the matchday, we expect pitch to green and assist the quicks right through the match.
While Aiden Markram will be kicking himself for missing out on a ton on his debut, he would be pretty happy with the way the match progressed as far as team is concerned. Another debutant, Ottis Gibson, had a pretty good match as a coach.
South Africa's batting was flawless on a pitch had almost nothing for the bowlers. Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar were superb as the duo put on a solid opening stand. The former was run out on 97 whereas Dean Elgar scored 199. Amla scored a terrific ton in his own characteristic style. Bowlers did remarkably well on a pitch which didn't have much for the bowlers. All bowlers contributed with Morkel and Rabada picking two wickets each. Keshav Maharaj picked up 3 wickets while Oliver and Phelukwayo contributed with one wicket each.
The second innings wasn't as fruitful as was the first for the batsmen, but the total proved more than enough for the bowlers to defend. Skipper Faf du Plessis top scored with a rapid 81 to take the total to 247. Bowlers then ran through the Bangladeshi batsmen to win the match by 333 runs.
Unlike their performance in the previous series, against Australia, Bangladesh looked to be the Bangladesh of past showing brilliance in patches. Their bowlers failed to make any mark whatsoever evident by the tall total posted by the Proteas.
Bowling first, Bangladeshi bowlers were subpar as they hardly bowled any troubling lines and lengths to the batsmen who have grown up playing in these conditions. Batting too did not look at their best as no batsmen managed to reach the three figure mark.
Mustafizur Rehman, popularly known as the Fizz, could be seen as a lone bright spot in the otherwise dark performance of Bangladesh. Not unlike other bowlers, Mustafizur wasn't particularly impressive in the first innings, but he got the rhythm as the wicket slowed down. He picked up two wickets for 30 runs at a miserly economy rate when the Protease were scoring at an healthy rate.
Overall, the Tigers showed the glimpses of brilliance in the first match, but the brilliance was too little too late. The home team, on the other hand, were flawless and won the match quite comfortably. Given the pace and bounce expected of the new wicket, the troubles for the Bangladeshi batsmen are only gowing to grow. We expect South Africa to emerge victorious yet another time.