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Plays: Mominul's triple strikes, Liton's screamer and Mushfiq's lifeline

  • Published at 09:33 pm October 1st, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:34 am October 2nd, 2017
Plays: Mominul's triple strikes, Liton's screamer and Mushfiq's lifeline
Mominul’s triple strikes South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and middle-order batsman Temba Bavuma was batting confidently, scoring some quick runs. Du Plessis and Bavuma formed a 142-run partnership within 28.4 overs. Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim tried every possible option to break the fourth-wicket partnership. But it was part-time spinner Mominul Haque who did the trick. Prior to the Potchefstroom Test match, Mominul only bowled 56.1 overs in his 23-match career and got only one wicket - that of New Zealand's BJ Watling in Chittagong four years ago. He broke the partnership in the fifth ball of the 49th over by trapping Du Plessis in front. But that was not the end for Mominul with the ball. The left-arm spinner then took two more wickets – Bavuma and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock – to check the Proteas' run flow. In the end, Mominul achieved career-best bowling figure of 3/27.

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Liton takes a screamer behind stumps Stumper Liton Kumar Das' keeping was sharp in the second innings as he took a brilliant catch behind the stumps to get rid of Bavuma off Mominul’s bowling. Bavuma pre-meditated a paddle-sweep as the delivery was floated up in the trajectory of the middle stump. Liton moved to his left even before Bavuma made contact with the ball. He stuck his left hand out and tumbled to the ground. He held his shape and ensured the ball did not bounce out of his gloves. Bavuma had been asked to wait, but it was a clean catch and a brilliant reflex from Liton. He had kept for 146 overs in the first innings and was later forced to open the innings as regular opener Tamim Iqbal was unavailable. Liton took three catches in the second innings and also affected a sharp stumping to get rid of De Kock off Mominul’s left-arm spin. Lucky lifeline for Mushfiq Bangladesh made the worst possible start in their second innings while chasing 424. Proteas pacer Morne Morkel caused a mini havoc in the Tigers top-order during the first over of the second innings. Tamim was cleaned up in just the fourth ball of the innings while Mominul also lost his wicket off the final ball of that over. Mominul was a bit unlucky because had he taken a review then his dismissal could have been overturned. In his very next over, Morkel bowled Mushfiq with a superb delivery. It was absolutely brilliant. It was full, drew the batsman forward and moved in late to knock off the middle stick. But TV replays showed Morkel overstepped and Mushfiq got a lifeline. It was a big moment for the Tigers as later, Mushfiq and Imrul Kayes halted the slide and added 49 for the third wicket partnership.
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