Bangladesh suffered yet another humiliating defeat at the hands of South Africa, this time by an innings and 254 runs during day three of the second and final Test match at Mangaung Oval Sunday.
The Tigers lost the Bloemfontein Test within just two and a half days, and in the process, conceded the two-game series 2-0. The last time Bangladesh played at this venue was in 2008 where they lost by an innings and 129 runs. They were all out for 153 and 159. This time around, Bangladesh’s margin of defeat was even bigger as they only managed to score 147 and 172.
Bangladesh were all out within 42.5 overs in the first innings and 42.4 overs in the second essay.
The visiting side started the day with all 10 wickets in hand and had to bat really well in order to survive in the Test. But opener Soumya Sarker (three) departed cheaply in just the fifth over of the innings, despite getting a life as fielder Aiden Markram dropped his catch just before he got out.
No 3 batsman Mominul Haque also got out cheaply for 11 when he tried to clear the boundary rope only to get caught at the fence by spinner Keshav Maharaj off a short Kagiso Rabada delivery.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim did put up some fight with opener Imrul Kayes for the third wicket, forming a 34-run partnership.
A nervy moment came when Mushfiq was struck by a bouncer from pacer Duanne Olivier in the 14th over. The right-handed batsman looked in pain immediately after the blow. But he eventually got up after getting some medical attention from both the teams’ physios and continued batting.
Imrul’s poor run of form continued as once again he got set before being dismissed for 32 in the 16th over.
Then Bangladesh lost the key wicket of Mushfiq just before lunch when he offered no shot against a straight delivery from pace bowler Wayne Parnell only to get trapped in front. Bangladesh reviewed the decision but TV replays showed that the ball would have hit the off-stump.
Mahmudullah was the top-scorer for the Tigers in the second innings with his 43-run knock, including seven boundaries and one six. But he got dismissed off the bowling of paceman Rabada as Dean Elgar took a brilliant catch at gully.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das (18) and No 7 batsman Sabbir Rahman (four) also got out in quick succession and by then, defeat was only a matter of time for Bangladesh.
Eventually they were dismissed for 172 and it was well and truly a horrible batting display from Bangladesh as on the same pitch, four South Africa batsmen scored centuries – Markram, opener Elgar, No 3 batsman Hashim Amla and captain Faf du Plessis.
Rabada picked up his second five-wicket haul of the match and ended the game with a 10-wicket haul, overall conceding just 66 runs.
Rabada was adjudged man-of-the-match while Elgar was named man-of-the-series for his 330 runs in three innings, including two centuries.
573/4d beat Bangladesh
147 & 172 (f/o) in 42.4 overs (Mahmudullah 43, Rabada 5/30) by an innings and 254 runs