SA spinners strike thrice as Bangladesh crumble

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Keshav Maharaj and Kyle Verreynne celebrate a wicket
  • Post published:April 10, 2022

Keshav Maharaj took two wickets in his first two overs to plunge Bangladesh into deep trouble on the third day of the second Test against the Proteas at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.

Highlights: Proteas vs Bangladesh (2nd Test, Day 3)

Fellow spinner Simon Harmer dismissed Tamim Iqbal with the last ball of the day and Bangladesh, set 413 to win, were 27-3 at the close.

Bangladesh’s poor start was similar to their plight in the first Test in Durban when the two spinners had the tourists reeling at 11-3 at the close on the fourth day. South Africa went on to win by 220 runs.

Mahmudul Hasan, who made a century in the first Test, was out for nought for the second time in the match when he was caught at a short gully by Wiaan Mulder off Maharaj. He was dismissed first ball after facing only two balls in the first innings.

Najmul Hossain inside-edged the first ball he faced from Maharaj for four but went back on his stumps in the left-arm spinner’s next over and was lbw for seven.

The left-handed Tamim got a ball from off-spinner Harmer which spun sharply and bounced to take the shoulder of his bat and provide an easy catch for Mulder at second slip.

Bangladesh were earlier bowled out for 217 in their first innings, with Mushfiqur Rahim top-scoring with 51.

Harmer took three wickets in 3.2 overs as the innings folded rapidly. Harmer finished with 3-39 while Maharaj took 2-57.

The Proteas batted aggressively in their second innings and declared on 176-6, scored in one ball less than 40 overs.

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam took 3-67 to finish with match figures of 9-202.

Sarel Erwee top-scored for the Proteas with 41, while Kyle Verreynne made a hard-hit 39* off 30 balls.

The declaration came with half an hour’s play remaining in the day although the floodlights were on in overcast conditions.

As in Durban, spinners Maharaj and Harmer shared the new ball and both extracted considerable turn from the pitch.

Bangladesh started the day well, with overnight batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim (51) and Yasir Ali (46) making their sixth-wicket partnership worth 70. But the innings folded rapidly after Yasir was caught and bowled by Maharaj.

Proteas captain Dean Elgar decided not to enforce the follow-on.

He and Erwee scored at better than five runs an over in an opening stand of 60 before Elgar missed a reverse sweep against Taijul and was bowled for 26.

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