Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was criticised for chosing to bowl first against South Africa on a flat Potchefstroom track. He has informed after the match that the decision to bowl first in the first Test was everyone’s.
Bangladesh bowlers remained wicketless on day one when the Proteas posted 298/1. The hosts declared at 496/3 in the first innings which gave Bangladesh a big challenge.
“All of us took this decision [to bowl first]. We didn’t know much about South African wickets, so it was hard for us to predict. We practiced on totally different wickets. On any flat wicket, the help for the bowlers stay for the first two hours. If you think about what will happen in the fourth innings and then get bowled out for 100 in the first innings, it becomes difficult,” Mushfiqur said after 333-run defeat.
The skipper was disappointed at Bangladesh’s first innings performance. They posted 320 to the scoreboard in reply to South Africa’s 496.
“I think the second innings was the best time to bat but we still didn’t score 400-500 runs. So you can’t say that had we batted first, we would have scored 500 runs. But yes, had we applied ourselves better on the second or third day, we could have scored more runs.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com