South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada said the Proteas bowling attack was just sticking to their plans and at the end, it was the Bangladesh batsmen who got themselves out for only 147 runs on a good batting track.
Rabada took five wickets in the first innings, his sixth in 22 Tests so far. He also became the highest wicket-taker in Tests in the year 2017. Rabada has taken 49 wickets this year.
Replying to South Africa’s massive 573 for the loss of four wickets declared in 120 overs in the first innings, Bangladesh were bowled out for just 147 in 42.5 overs after a poor batting display. Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar Das was the highest scorer with a 77-ball 70, featuring 13 fours.
Rabada vowed to bowl even better in the second innings in order to clinch the Bloemfontein Test, and in the process, a clean sweep of the two-match series. When asked about Bangladesh’s batting performance, the right-arm fast bowler said it was the Bangladesh batsmen’s fault to get out so cheaply.
“About the Bangladeshi batsmen, I don’t know what happened. We just stuck to our plan and at the end of the day they got themselves out,” said Rabada during the post-day press conference after day two at Mangaung Oval.
Liton came in at a time when the ball got soft and was not really doing much.
"Obviously he is a good player. I thought he was nice and patient. He was also aggressive. I think we missed our marker, giving him too many loose deliveries. That’s what we need to fix in the next innings and perform better,” said the 22-year old Rabada.
Local journalists even went as far as to compare the standard of these Tests against Bangladesh to that of first-class cricket.
“I don’t think you can compare a first-class game (with) an international game. But yes, it feels like (it) as there was no crowd. It felt very peaceful. And about Bangladesh, we played against them before. We did not take them lightly and we prepared well to play against them. I thought we executed our plan very well. They have some good players. We just made sure that we will not give them any space,” Rabada concluded.