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Mustafizur Rahman, Jubair Hossain Help Home-Side Wind Up South Africa Early on Day 1 of 1st Test

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Mustafizur Rahman, Jubair Hossain Help Home-Side Wind Up South Africa Early on Day 1 of 1st Test

July 22
08:28 2015

southNew Delhi, Wednesday, July 22 – At Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Chittagong, South African skipper Hashim Amla won the toss and elected to bat first after observing mood of pitch and weather conditions. South Africa’s decision was assumed right by many since their batting lineup is strong as compared to Bangladesh.

However, despite having a bunch of talented cricketers who could outshine contenders all of a sudden, the first innings of Proteas came to an end at 248. All ten batsmen were back to the pavilion in 83.4 overs. The way they batted is a showcase of 50 over match, where usually a team manages to reach at this score and makes efforts to defend it.

Stiaan van Zyl was out by Mahmudullah after contribution of 34 runs in the team’s total score which included six boundaries as well. The opener Dean Elgar, though, spent some time on crease but fell short of 3 runs to pocket a half-century. Taijul Islam earned a major wicket as he could have been dangerous had the opportunity was capitalized further. Faf du Plessis also missed the chance to attain a fifty by a couple of runs but tried increasing the pace of accumulating runs. 5 boundaries were the highlights of his short innings. Amla failed to show his team a path how to stay strong when opponents are attacking with full force. He just added 13 runs, together with a four.

Dismissal of left-handed batsman JP Duminy and 22-year-old Quinton de Kock at a naught was a total shock for them and the teammates as two quick wickets increased the pressure which was impossible to ignore. Thanks to Temba Bavuma’s 54-run innings of 108 balls, inclusive of 5 boundaries, South Africa managed to touch a respectable total. Vernon Philander lent a hand to him make the most of opportunities and played a knock of 24 runs of 36 balls, together with two boundaries. Both Simon Harmer and Dale Steyn succumbed to Jubair Hossain at the scores of 9 and 2, respectively, in the same over. Morne Morkel faced 7 balls to get a 3 but prior he could have given himself much time to settle, Bavuma threw his wicket to debutant Mustafizur Rahman, who was impressive in all aspects and finished with 4/37.

Bavuma was dropped on 51 by Hasan in 80.5 overs but couldn’t make most of it as soon he was dismissed by a bowler who marked a solid impression on everyone within a short span of time. The rising stars of cricket were successful in letting viewers believe that they can change the game any day and any time.   Bangladesh have proved that powerhouses should not consider them an underdog team at all. The recent success in ODI series over South Africa would have left the rivals sleepless as an unexpected defeat is never easy to digest.

Bangladesh yet trail by 241 runs  and the opening duo Tamin Iqbal and Imrul Kayes batting correspondingly at 1 and 5 runs. The host must be eying a victory in 2-match Test series and striving for success in the longest format. No wonder if the Tigers get this achievement as well in view of the fact that they house such potential. Regardless of the truth that they did not perform well against the Men in Blue in the only Test series held early June. The match finished in a draw as a result of nonstop rainfall at that time. This certainly let India feel on a safer side but what happned next in ODI encounters is a history now, leaving the visitors in a state of shock.

Proteas must be undergoing similar thought post ending on a feeble total on Day 1 of the first Test. Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Shahid, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das and Jubair Hossain are yet to bat first. South Africa won 2-match International series by 2-0 however lost the ODI series by 2-1 when Bangladesh thrashed them in the last blow by 9 wickets, which was a magnanimous victory as the opponent was no one else but South Africa.

Bangladesh have so far succeeded in producing opportunities which could be game changing at the end. Proceedings on Day 2 will be important as well as far as perspective of both the teams is concerned. Rahman was the leading wicket-taker. Jubair Hossain got three wickets, while Hasan, Taijul Islam and Mahmudullah got 1 wicket apiece, playing major role in letting Bangladesh  stay a step ahead of South Africa, who are aiming to bounce back in the game as early as possible.

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