According to Taskin, Bangladesh will look to bat longer and score as much as possible in their first innings. South Africa posted 496/3 in the first innings.
“We are not at all thinking about losing. We will go for a draw if we can’t win. As long as I was sitting in the dressing room, I didn’t hear anyone talking about the follow-on. We want to bat for long period and score as much as possible. We should get close to their total, if we can’t take a lead,” he said.
It was looking like the Proteas would declare after getting a 550+ score. But they declared for 496/3 in 146 overs after the second session in the second day. It was a tactical move by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, who pointed that Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal was out of the field for most of the afternoon session.
The visitors had to open with wicket-keeper Liton Das, who kept wickets behind for 146 overs and Imrul Kayes. Tamim came to bat at number five. Faf’s declaration surprised Bangladesh.
“They declared suddenly. We weren’t really ready for him. Tamim bhai was probably treating a niggle. It happened so suddenly that he couldn’t open the batting unfortunately. It is fine now as I don’t think it affected the team or Tamim bhai.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com