Second and final Test of the 2-match series between South Africa and Bangladesh will start from today at 2 pm in Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein which will be a battle of survival for the Tigers as the Proteas are already leading the series.
In the first Test at Potchefstroom, South Africa won by a huge margin of 333 runs. That loss was guided by some wrong decisions and some silly mistakes.
Mushfiqur Rahim elected to bowl first after winning the Toss although the pitch looked dry from the very beginning. Moreover, they didn’t pick Taijul in the playing XI who could have been proven vital in that condition.
Bowlers couldn’t performed poorly and then some bad shot selections from the batsmen made the job easier for the Proteas. Mainly the decision to bowl first affected Bangladesh badly and whole team management couldn’t read the wicket properly. While talking to media on yesterday, Mushfiq talked about his surprising decision.
The wicket-keeper batsman said, “It was more like our type of wicket in the previous game but we couldn’t execute well. But it doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t play well in tough conditions. We lost badly in the first Test because we made silly mistakes.”
He added, “When you get nothing from the wicket, you have to go to the other options. If you are not getting wickets, you have to cut down the run rate. When the ball reverses or you get the second new ball, you can go back to the attacking options. Our bowlers couldn’t do it in the first Test but I am hopeful that they can do it in Bloemfontein.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh are not in a good situation at this moment as they won’t have Tamim Iqbal in this match due to his injury. On the other hand, Shakib Al Hasan is already not there and so Team will miss both of them very badly.
However, Mushfiq thinks those players are irreplaceable but the existing players have the ability to give a good fight. He has said that the new opening pair of Imrul and Soumya will be successful.
Bangladesh Skipper said, “I think this is an opportunity for the others in the squad. I want them to make use of this opportunity. It is a major setback to not have your two best players. We really needed them here as we lost the first game badly. But time doesn’t stand still for anyone. Injuries are not in our control.”
He added, “Starting every innings is tough but we expect them to give us a good start. I have a lot of confidence in them to return among the runs. They can take a step forward if they can score runs in this game, particularly in the absence of Tamim.”
Bangladesh have played only one Test at Bloemfontein in 2008 South Africa tour where they lost by an innings and 129 runs.
Mushfiq concluded, “This is more of a South African wicket. We have played here in 2008 but we will try to get over our mistakes and put up a good Test match.”