South Africa: 573/4 Dec. (Elgar 113, Markram 143, Amla 132*, Du Plessis 134*, Subashish 3/118)
Bangladesh: 147/10 (Liton 70; Rabada 5/33) & 92/4 (Kayes 32; Rabada 2/18)
Batsmen have once again led the visitors Bangladesh down as they are on the cusp of an embarrassing three day defeat at the hands of South Africa. After being bowled out for just 147 yesterday, Bangladesh has already lost 4 wickets with just 92 on the board. They still trail the Proteas by a massive 334 runs.
Bangladesh’s trouble began early on when Soumya departed for just 3, edging a Rabada delivery to Du Plessis stationed in second slip. It was Rabada once again who picked up Mominul Houqe who’d been facing some ‘chin music’ for quite some time before he pulled straight to Maharaj standing in deep square leg. Bangladesh looked totally at a loss with recognized batsmen failing to take advantage of a track where 4 of the 5 Proteas’ batsmen scored tons. Tamim was sorely missed in the middle as none of the top order could really afford the slightest resistance to a fiery Protea attack.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, subject to criticism from his own board & opener Imrul Kayes put up a partnership of 34 in relatively quick succession. With Bangladesh hoping to be slightly optimistic with twoi of their established batsmen taking charge, South African pacers stroke back once again. This time it was Olivier’s turn to take a wicket off a short ball with Imrul edging his delivery to keeper De Kock. In the last over before lunch, Parnell took out Mushfiq, with the skipper being judged LBW by the umpire. Mushi’s review went in vain as the replay showed the ball would go on to just clip the stumps. Bangladesh are reeling and in dire need of a big partnership from their batsmen.