Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das believes they are still alive and kicking in the second and final Test match against South Africa and that the result has not come out yet, even after a humiliating batting performance from the Tigers batters in their first innings during day two at Mangaung Oval Saturday.
Bangladesh were all out for just 147 runs on a good batting track whereas South Africa scored 573 for the loss of only four wickets before declaring having played 120 overs.
The Tigers batsmen got out cheaply throughout the innings and only Liton scored a notable 70 off 77 balls, featuring 13 fours.
“The match has not ended yet. We are still in the game. If we bat well [Sunday] then nobody knows what will happen," said Liton during the post-day press conference after day two.
“Nobody expects such results from us. We are definitely a better team than this. But many things happen in cricket. You have to admit that,” he added.
Why did Bangladesh bat so poorly in this Test, along with the previous five-dayer at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom? Well, Liton answered that the Tigers are not used to playing in South African conditions.
“Wicket was easy. But it needs one ball to get out. Sometimes mistakes happen. You have to understand that we are playing here after 10 (nine) years. We are not used to playing in these kind of wickets. Although that’s not an excuse, but these kind of things are affecting us. We are definitely a better team than this. Maybe we will play the next innings better,” he explained.
“Our target is big now. We are in the backfoot. We will try to play better. But that can happen. Maybe someone from us can score a double hundred from this position. We can score 600 in the second innings. Nothing is impossible. Then they will have to bat again. We are hoping of something like this,” he added.
Liton said the wicket of captain Mushfiqur Rahim was crucial for Bangladesh as they lost their way after that dismissal.
“We lost some quick wickets as well. [Temba] Bavuma took a brilliant catch to get out Mushfiq bhai. Sometimes a catch can change the momentum. Mushfiq bhai is a brilliant batsman. He is playing very well for several years. If opposition takes a catch like that, then it creates pressure on the team," the 22-year old concluded.