Bangladesh Crumble In Pursuit Of First Test Victory Against South Africa

Durban, South Africa, April 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – third Apr, 2022 ) :Bangladesh’s hopes of pulling off an historic first Test win towards South Africa took a serious blow once they made a horror begin to their second innings on the finish of the fourth day of the primary Test at Kingsmead on Sunday.

Bangladesh bowled out South Africa for 204 within the second innings, leaving themselves a goal of 274 to win.

Only six overs had been attainable earlier than unhealthy mild ended play however South African spin bowlers Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer, sharing the brand new ball, lowered Bangladesh to 11 for 3.

However, Bangladesh workforce director, former Test captain Khaled Mahmud, mentioned he was happy with his workforce for giving themselves an opportunity of victory.

In six earlier Tests in South Africa they’ve suffered 5 innings defeats and have by no means been in competition to beat the hosts.

“It can happen in cricket,” Mahmud mentioned of the top-order collapse.

“There is still a possible chance, we have seven batsmen to go. If we bat well and bat long we have a good chance to be in this Test match.” “Whether we win or lose, I am very excited,” mentioned Mahmud.

“The boys bowled really well and came back very strongly to restrict their lead to 273. At one time they (South Africa) were batting very confidently. All the bowlers did their job very well and we fielded brilliantly.” Off-spinner Harmer had Shadman islam caught at slip for nought within the second over earlier than left-armer Maharaj took two wickets in his third over.

Maharaj bowled first innings century-maker Mahmudul Hasan for 4 with a ball which drifted in and located a spot between bat and pad.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque edged two runs earlier than he went again on his stumps and was trapped leg earlier than wicket.

– ‘Ball is gripping’ – It might have been even worse.

Najmul Hossain survived an enchantment for a catch behind the wicket off Harmer when he had two.

Wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne appealed, Najmul was given not out and South Africa didn’t search a evaluate. Replays confirmed a faint edge. Najmul completed on 5 not out.

The late afternoon collapse undid a lot of the great work Bangladesh had achieved with an outstanding bowling and fielding efficiency earlier within the day.

South Africa seemed to be answerable for the match once they reached 105 for one at lunch of their second innings.

But Bangladesh got here again strongly to bowl out the house aspect for 204.

Fast bowler Ebadot Hossain took three for 40, whereas off-spinner Mehidy Hasan took three for 85 in 35 overs.

Dean Elgar made 64, his second half-century of the match, and newcomer Ryan Rickelton was stranded on 39 not out when the final three wickets fell for 2 runs in seven balls.

Mehidy bowled with glorious management, as he had within the first innings, which enabled Mominul to make use of his quick bowlers briefly spells.

Bangladesh took 4 wickets and conceded solely 52 runs in 28 overs between lunch and tea.

South African batting marketing consultant Justin Sammons mentioned batting situations had been turning into tougher because the match went on.

“The ball is gripping and it has turned more. Mehidy bowled very well and their fast bowlers hit their lengths and made it tough for us from a scoring point of view,” mentioned Sammons.

South African captain Elgar, who made 67 within the first innings, was dropped within the slips twice, on 34 off Mehidy Hasan and on 43 off Ebadot.

But Bangladesh made up for the errors with excellent catches by Yasir Ali at slip and Shadman at foolish mid-off, whereas substitute Nurul Hasan pulled off a direct hit run-out of Harmer with a throw from the quilt boundary.

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