The first Test match between Bangladesh and South Africa has officially ended in draw as rain played spoil sport. After winning the toss South Africa had no hesitations in batting first but their batting collapsed like a pack of cards and ended up making a modest first innings score of just 248. Bangladesh bowlers executed their bowling to perfection and restricted the South African batsman with Mustafizur Rahman being the highest wicket taker for Bangladesh claiming 4 wickets for just 37 runs in his 17.4 overs. Bavuma ended up as the top scorer for South Africa with 54 runs.
Bangladesh was off to a good start in their first innings and they took a healthy lead of 78 which left South Africa in a concerning position. Later South Africa managed to keep things under control getting off to a good start in their second innings and ended day three’s play at 61 for no loss. After 3 days of consecutive play day 4 and 5 has been washed out due to consistent rain and the Test match ended in a draw. Bangladesh can be quite proud of their effort by taking it to the best team in the world and kept them at bay.
Mustafizur Rahman was rewarded the Man of the match award and with that he became the first cricketer to bag Man of the match awards both on his ODI and Test debut.
This is what both the captains had to say after the match:
Hashim Amla, South Africa captain: It has been a good Test, actually. We had around three days and it has been an up-and-down Test. It was evenly poised going into the final day. Temba batted exceptionally well. Whoever gets in have to score big. Both teams fought pretty well but rain had the last say. I think Steyn, Morne and Philander bowled exceptionally well and with a lot of heart. Simon Harmer did a great job on a placid wicket. We have spent around 10 days in Chittagong and most of the guys have enjoyed it and time to move to Dhaka for the last leg of the tour.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh captain: There are some positives out of this match. We bowled them out, we got a lead. Liton and Mustafiz did well. Shakib chipped in and so did Mahmudullah. Although Shahid was unlucky, he bowled well and Mustafiz is a revelation. When you are playing the No.1 Test side you will have to play really well.
Briefscores: South Africa 248 and 61/0 (Stiaan Van Zyl 33*) drew with Bangladesh 326 (Mahmudullah 67, Tamim Iqbal 57, Dale Steyn 3-78).