Bangladesh’s hopes of pulling off an historic first Check 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 Check at Kingsmead on Sunday. Bangladesh bowled out South Africa for 204 within the second innings, leaving themselves a goal of 274 to win. Solely six overs had been doable earlier than unhealthy mild ended play however South African spin bowlers Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer, sharing the brand new ball, diminished Bangladesh to 11 for 3.
Nevertheless, Bangladesh group director, former Check captain Khaled Mahmud, mentioned he was happy with his group for giving themselves an opportunity of victory.
In six earlier Assessments in South Africa they’ve suffered 5 innings defeats and have by no means been in rivalry to beat the hosts.
“It may well occur in cricket,” Mahmud mentioned of the top-order collapse.
“There may be nonetheless a doable likelihood, we’ve seven batsmen to go. If we bat nicely and bat lengthy we’ve an excellent likelihood to be on this Check match.”
“Whether or not we win or lose, I’m very excited,” mentioned Mahmud.
“The boys bowled very well and got here again very strongly to limit their result in 273. At one time they (South Africa) had been batting very confidently. All of the bowlers did their job very nicely 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 niche 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 attraction 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 evaluation. Replays confirmed a faint edge. Najmul completed on 5 not out.
The late afternoon collapse undid a lot of the great work Bangladesh had accomplished with an excellent bowling and fielding efficiency earlier within the day.
South Africa gave the impression to be accountable for the match once they reached 105 for one at lunch of their second innings.
However Bangladesh got here again strongly to bowl out the house aspect for 204.
Quick 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 guide Justin Sammons mentioned batting situations had been changing into harder because the match went on.
“The ball is gripping and it has turned extra. Mehidy bowled very nicely and their quick bowlers hit their lengths and made it powerful for us from a scoring viewpoint,” 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.
However 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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