Dropped players kept Bangladesh alive 

Bangladesh were all out for 320 runs on day 3 in reply to South Africa’s 497. Most of the batsman started their innings well but failed to make it big in the end.  

The highest run scorers for Bangladesh were Mominul Haque who scored 77 runs from 150 balls and Mahmudullah Riyad who scored 66 from 124 balls and in the end that helped Bangladesh the most to avoid the follow on. 

Mominul and Mahmudullah, the two names who were always on spotlight in the last couple of months when it came to Test cricket. They both were dropped from Bangladesh’s 100th Test which they won against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. It came as a shocker to the fans to see the senior cricketer Mahmudullah got dropped and Mominul who is a test material batsman. 

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But it didn’t matter anything to the coach and selectors, they both were dropped again for the Test series against Australia which Bangladesh played in their home. Luckily in the end, due to Mosaddek Hossain’s eye infection, Mominul was called up to replace him. But fortune still remain the same for the former vice captain Mahmudullah. 

After all the ups and downs, they both are now playing against South Africa in the first test at Potchefstroom and because of their fifties in the first innings, Bangladesh were able to avoid the follow on and are still alive in this test match. The coach and the selectors should keep a good view to this fact. 

South Africa ended the day with 54 for 2 and they are leading by 230 runs. They would want Bangladesh to give atleast 130-140 overs to bat. As the pitch is still flat, Bangladesh have still a good chance to draw the match if they bat with patience and if the “dropped players” prove their worth once again.