South Africa Vs Bangladesh: Preview and Prediction - 2nd Test Bloemfontein

South Africa Vs Bangladesh: Preview and Prediction – 2nd Test Bloemfontein

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Plagued by the collapse, Bangladesh suffered a massive Test loss by 333 runs, in the first match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom after the South African bowlers ripped through the batting line-up of the Tigers in second innings when they were bowled out for 90 in 32.4 overs.

Bangladesh have had fetched an opportunity to give a tough fight to the Proteas, but an inexperienced side owing to the conditions has totally let them down.

However, the visitors batting line-up failed to impress in the second inning while struggling on a surface which allowed them to score 320 on 89.1 overs in their first innings.

As the second and final Test will be beginning from October 6 (Friday) at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, the visitors are working hard after being blown away by all-round performance from the Proteas.

Moreover, Bangladesh also suffered a massive setback when top-order batsman Tamim Iqbal was ruled out of the second Test due to a thigh injury.

In the first Test, the 28-year-old left-handed Iqbal batted at No. five – to score 67-ball 39 runs, before returning as an opener in the second innings in which he was dismissed on naught by Morne Morkel after facing just four deliveries.

In the second Test, the Tigers would face the threat of South Africa’s pace portent, as left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj has already left an impact in the first game by bagging seven wickets owing to his line and the length.

It’s pretty evident that the visitors’ batsmen would be under pressure following the poor show with the bat, as Mushfiqur Rahim has already lashed out at their bowling contingent for the below par performance when South Africa posted 496 for three in 146 overs, in the first innings.

The wily customer Mustafizur Rahman picked three wickets each alongside left-arm orthodox spinner Mominul Haque out of total eight wickets – the Proteas lost in both innings.

Such numbers further reveal the visiting bowlers have had failed to acclimatize the conditions to make most out of the surface.

On the bouncy surface like Bloemfontein, the visitors’ frontline batsmen have had to shoulder a huge responsibility to cope with the pace and bounce in the part of African continent

South Africa Vs Bangladesh: Preview and Prediction - 2nd Test Bloemfontein 1
The visitors have to give their best to compete against World ranked No. 2 Test side. Photo Credit: AFP.

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On the other side, making most out of the home condition – the hosts bowlers bagged wickets at regular intervals, before annihilating the Tigers on the final day of the play which lasted for 83 minutes.

The 22-year-old Johannesburg-born Kagiso Rabada would spearhead with the bowling, as Morne Morkel has been ruled out for over six weeks due to the abdominal tear.

The lanky pacer has been replaced by promising fast bowling prospect Dane Paterson, who is expected to be inducted straightaway into the Test fixture.

The 28-year-old Cape Paterson has decent domestic record on his back, before featuring in the four Twenty20 internationals, as he bagged five wickets at the bowling average of 23.

The South African batting line-up looks stronger as youngster Aiden Markram has had scored 97 on his Test debut and determinant opener Dean Elgar knows how to play the longer innings.

Moreover, Faf du Plessis would be eyeing to score some runs after the side struggled in the United Kingdom and Hashim Amla has been more often anchoring the innings the way he did in the last week’s Test.

It’s expected the surface would help the fast bowlers, as South Africa are bound to emerge as victorious and eventually win the series by 2-0.

Here’s the Playing XI of both the sides:

South Africa Team: Faf du Plessis (Skipper), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo and Duanne Olivier and

Bangladesh Team: Mushfiqur Rahim (Skipper and wkt), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, Liton Das (wkt), Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Subashis Roy.

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