So. The first test. That was not really close, was it? South Africa won by 333 runs. Hmm.. No not close at all. Bangladesh could not have asked for a better track honestly. In the first innings, SA hit 496 runs for three wickets. In reply, Bangladesh hit 320, losing all ten wickets. In the second innings, SA came back rather strongly with 247 runs giving Bangladesh a target of 423 runs. Bangladesh crumbled. Big time. They could manage only 90 runs giving SA a winning margin of a whopping 333 runs.
Dean Elgar missed his double century by one run. That was really really tragic. He won the man of the match. Hashim Amla hit 137 runs. The South Africans really looked on top of their game. When the top order did not hit well in the second innings, the middle order came to the rescue and chipped in quite well. This is what you would call a wholesome performance. Temba and Faf du Plessis contributed big time taking the team total to a big number. That is exactly what Bangladesh needs to do now to match up. And you know what? They can. They have done it before. They have beaten top teams in the past. They made it to the Champions Trophy beating West Indies to it. And then to the next round beating Australia and the likes. The fact that the South African declared on both counts show that they are a very confident team. This confidence should not get to Bangladesh.
Let’s see how the second test match goes.
Faf du Plessis
With Morne Morkel joining Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Chris Morris on the injury list, Rabada will be left to lead the attack, while Duanne Olivier will take up extra responsibility on his home ground.
Tamim Iqbal ruled out of the Test following a recurrence of his thigh injury, Soumya Sarkar will come in to open the batting after overcoming a shoulder problem.
What do you think?
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