With Bangladesh’s South Africa taking another disastrous turn following yet another poor display in the first innings of the ongoing second Test, Liton Das said that the dismissal of skipper Mushfiqur Rahim changed the momentum of the innings.
The visitors were 39 for 2 in reply to South Africa’a diving Temba Bavuma unbelievably caught a mammoth 573, when Rahim’s cut short at Gully. Bangladesh kept on losing wickets at regular intervals from there on and were looking destined to be bowled out for less than 100, but Liton scored a career-best 70 to help them avoid such embarrassment as they scored 147.
“I think it (the dismissal) changed the momentum,” Liton said on Saturday (October 7). “Bavuma took a superlative catch and at times a catch can change the momentum totally. He is one of our best batsmen and when he gets out in this manner certainly it adds pressure,” he added.
Liton also dismissed any speculations that the pitch was tough to bat on. He could not explain the reason behind the batting failure but reasoned that the unfamiliarity with the conditions might have played a role in it.
“No, it was nothing like that,” he said when asked if the pitch was tough to bat on. “As I said, you only need one ball to get out. Sometimes you make mistakes. You have to understand that we have come here after 10 years,” he said. “We are not used to playing in these conditions. Although it is not right to give an excuse like that, but it is in the back of our minds. Maybe we just couldn’t do it. We are a better team than this, hopefully next innings we will play better,” he added.
Meanwhile, South Africa enforced a follow-on on the visitors who finished the second day on 7 for no loss, still needing 420 runs to make the hosts bat again.