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Talking points of the second ODI

Bangladesh batters struggled against pace and bounce 

Update : 23 Mar 2022, 12:34 PM

After a historic 38-run victory in the first match, Bangladesh surrendered meekly in the second match to be lost by seven wickets against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. 

Bangladesh deciding to bat first

Whether Bangladesh fail to judge the wicket at the Wanderers was the burning question of the day. Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal’s decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired disastrously. South Africa pace unit made best use of the early condition to corner and made the Bangladesh batters struggle. Discussions were wide how the Bangladesh dressing room failed to read the condition despite having a South African head coach in Russell Domingo and Proteas pace legend Allan Donald as the pace bowling coach. Typically, the surface at the Wanderers is conducive to batters. High scores are pretty common at this venue. Spinners could be decisive in the middle overs, while pacers might find more favourable conditions towards the later stages of the game. But on the day as it happened, things went totally wrong for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh off guard to bounce and swing

The Bangladesh batters were taken off their guard after they decided to bat first in the match. There was early assistance to the pacer and the South Africa pacers made the best use to reel a high-flying Bangladesh to 34 for five inside the 13th over. Bangladesh had come into the game with ambition of their maiden series win against the Proteas on their turf but rather faced disaster. The first to fall was opener Tamim Iqbal [4] coming down the track to whack the ball off Lungi Ngidi but the bounce got the better of the Bangladesh captain. Seven deliveries later Shakib al Hasan departed for a duck after length delivery on the stumps from right-arm pacer Kagiso Rabada hinted of extra bounce. Shakib looked to flick but ended with an outside edge to the cover. Rabada found his second wicket in shape of in-form batter Liton Das [15]. Liton attempted an upper cut to an uprising delivery but with the ball coming too close he decided to pull away from the stroke at the last moment. The ball kissed his glove en route to the keeper. Yasir Ali on two was the fourth Bangladesh wicket to fall and this too to Rabada. The ball was short and angled in which Yasir got an edge to and to the hand of Keshav Maharaj at backward point. Wicket number five came in experienced Mushfiqur Rahim. Wayne Parnell had put the ball on length which Mushfiqur attempted to defend. The batter however failed to read the line and got hit on the flap of the back leg to be adjudged leg before.


Afif and Miraz to the rescue again

Bangladesh again found Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz to the rescue. The duo had pulled a record partnership to guide Bangladesh win the first ODI against Afghanistan at home last month from under a difficult circumstance. With a similar situation against South Africa at the Wanderers, Afif and Miraz took charge once again but gave away at a crucial time of the innings. The duo produced Bangladesh’s highest seventh wicket partnership against South Africa – 86 runs – and pushed the Bangladesh total to 194/9. Afif found his second ODI half-century but gave it away at a crucial time of the innings. Charging Rabada in the 46 th over, Afif perished on 72 involving nine boundaries. Two deliveries later, Rabada found his fifth wicket in the game in Miraz on 38.

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