Athletic

Bangladesh lose 3 wickets to stare down the barrel in Port Elizabeth

Bangladesh are in trouble in the second Test of the two-match series against South Africa. At the end of day three, Bangladesh are still 386 runs short of the target set for them with only seven wickets in hand, at 27 for three in 9.1 overs.

The visitors might face the same fate they endured in Durban losing a Test by 220 runs after a batting collapse in the second innings when they tumbled for 53.

In pursuit of a huge target of 413, Bangladesh lost three early wickets— Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Tamim Iqbal. Joy had a century in the first match, but in the second, he suffered a pair of ducks.

Two of the three wickets Bangladesh lost went to the bag of Keshav Maharaj while Simon Harmer also got his first removing Tamim— whose dismissal ended play.

With a first-innings lead of 236 runs, South Africa declared their second innings on 176 for six, and they set a big target of 413 that Bangladesh never chased in their Test history.

When Mehidy Hasan Miraz Wiaan Mulder for six, Dean Elgar, the captain of South Africa, declared the innings with around half an hour to play before the end of the day.

In reply to South Africa’s first innings of 453, Bangladesh tumbled for 217 despite having some good batting display from some batters who failed to carry on with a positive mind.

All of Tamim, Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali passed the 40-run mark, but only Mushfiqur was able to reach a fifty. He, however, ended his innings with a fancy reverse sweep which looked awkward at that moment of the match.

However, Taijul Islam continued to prove his ability on the soil of South Africa taking three more wickets in the second innings of the hosts. His wickets tally in this Test ended with nine for 202— his best match return away from home in Tests.

Source: United News of Bangladesh