It was a disappointing day for Bangladesh in Gqeberha. The Tigers ended the second day of their series-deciding second Test against South Africa with half of their batting line-up already back in the pavilion.
Fast bowler Khaled Ahmed repeated his act of picking up the first wicket of the day for Bangladesh in the second Test's second day in Gqeberha today. The 29-year-old has scalped his third wicket of the game so far as he removed overnight-batter Kyle Verrynne.
Bowling all-rounder Keshav Maharaj quick-fired his way to a half-century as hosts South Africa piled up a handsome total of 384 for seven after 115 overs in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the second Test in Gqeberha today.
It was a difficult wicket to bowl on even for a spinner given it was just the first day of the Test match but Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam certainly justified his selection, bowling 32 overs on the day and picking up three wickets as South Africa, having stayed in command lost two vital wickets at the end to close the day at 278 for five. Later during a press conference, Taijul divulged on his bowling plan which helped Bangladesh fight back.
Bangladesh fought back late on the opening day of their series-deciding second Test against South Africa at St George's Park in Gqeberha today.
Bangladesh could not maximize on the conditions that were on offer in the first half of morning session as indiscipline bowling by the Tigers made life easy for the in-form Dean Elgar and Co, who chose to bat first in the second Test in Gqeberha.
Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque had earlier said that they were subjected to incessant sledging during the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban.
Pacer Taskin Ahmed, who returned to the country today after being ruled out of the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth with shoulder injury, said that playing for the country and contributing in a big way has covered for not being able to play the IPL.
Spin bowling won the first Test for South Africa against Bangladesh at Kingsmead on Monday, but captain Dean Elgar said he still preferred to attack opponents with fast bowling.
Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque said that it is not only unacceptable but also a ‘crime’ to give wickets away to spinners on foreign soil.