South Africa Sink Shaky Bangladesh by 333 Runs in Potchefstroom Test
The all-round performance saw South Africa-led by Faf du Plessis has registered a whopping 333-run win on Monday (October 1) over Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match Test series in Potchefstroom.
The disciplined bowling performance after Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla’s hundreds saw the hosts being bundling out Bangladesh for 90.
The top-scorer for Bangladesh was 30-year-old left-handed batsman Imrul Kayes, who scored 42-ball 32, as his cameo included five boundaries.
Interestingly, eight Bangladeshi players failed to be in double figures which included senior campaigners Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riyad.
Mustafizur Rahman (1 off 11) was the last man to go when Keshav Maharaj jumped to perfection to complete a caught and bowl chance, as bowling all-rounder Mehedi Hasan remained unbeaten on 15 off 32 deliveries.
However, Kagiso Rabada’s outburst made things miserable for the visitors early on, in his first four overs.
In the 83-minute of the play, Bangladesh added just 41 to their total which further saw fast bowler Rabada picking three wickets in the form of Rahim, Mahmudullah and gloveman Liton Das.
The pick of the bowlers for the Proteas was left-arm orthodox spinner Maharaj, who bagged four wickets in 10.4 overs after conceding 25 runs.
The 27-year-old Durban-born Maharaj wrapped the Test by picking seven wickets in the match.
The Tigers led by Mushfiqur Rahim required 375 on the final day of the match after starting off from the overnight score of 49 for three.
Earlier, the Proteas posted 496 for three in the first innings before declaring on 247 for six, in their six innings – to take the lead of 423.
However, the visiting side posted 320 in 89.1 overs, as middle-order chipped in with runs which further saw Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah registering the half-centuries respectively.
The Tigers skipper came to bat alongside Mahmudullah on the fifth morning of a Test, as both added six runs when Rahim was the first wicket to go after being caught by Hashim Amla at first slip owing to his sharp reflexes.
However, the Proteas faced a major blow on the fourth day when the lanky fast bowler Morne Morkel suffered a side strain and has undergone the tests which revealed he wouldn’t be on the field for six weeks.
The 32-year-old bowler Morkel bowled searing first over in Bangladesh’s second innings – to bag two wickets, bowled just 5.2 overs.
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