Morkel injury a massive blow: Bavuma

Morkel injury a massive blow: Bavuma

South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma has admitted that Morne Morkel’s injury is a massive blow for the hosts. However, the Proteas have more options of bowling Bangladesh out.

Morkel sustained a left side strain after bowling 5.2 overs for 19 runs. He left the field before the tea break and will be taken to hospital for scans on Monday morning.

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The fast bowler did the damage for Bangladesh before going out. He sent back Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque in the first over of the innings when Bangladesh were set a target of 424 runs. He could’ve got Mushfiqur Rahim’s wicket too, but was denied by a front-foot no ball.

Morkel is unlikely to bowl anymore in this match. Bavuma, who scored 71 in the second innings, expects others to step up. He said at the press conference that he will bring his bowling spikes on day five to bowl if required.

“It is a massive blow,” he said of Morkel’s injury.

“Morne is the leader of the attack and he was hot at that point in time. Luckily we have got guys in the reserve tank, I will be bringing my bowling spikes tomorrow as well. Andile (Phehlukwayo), Keshav (Maharaj), KG (Rabada) and Duanne (Olivier) are all capable of putting up their hands and doing good for the team.”

Bangladesh are 49/3 in 15.3 overs after day four’s play. They require 375 runs more to win/to bat out the day to save the match. South Africa need to pick up seven wickets more to gain 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

 

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com