Bangladesh surprisingly elected to bowl first after winning the toss in Potchefstroom. Bangladesh bowlers remained wicketless on day one with Aiden Markram’s wicket being a run out. Shafiul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman took the wickets of centurions Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar in thr second day.
“It was really flat and a bit slow as well. I didn’t expect that we were going to bowl in this kind of pitch in South Africa. It is really new. I am playing here for the first time. Before I came, I thought I’d get a greenish pitch but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. But we had to adjust it,” Taskin said.
“We were disappointed at not getting enough wickets. We didn’t bowl too badly. If we did, their score would have been around 600. Still, we are pretty happy; we bowled really well.
“We had different plans for each batsman, and tried to stick to those. Now we are looking ahead to a good total and bowling well in the second innings.”
With Bangladesh’s decision still remaining a big surprise for all, Taskin informed that it was the team’s decision which was approved by Mushfiqur Rahim and Chandika Hathurusingha.
“The captain and coach took the team’s opinion. So this decision was the team’s, not any individual’s. We expected more bounce from the pitch because in the adjacent wicket there was some bounce and it was skiddy. We didn’t expect it to be such a slow and flat track.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com