Bangladesh posted 320 runs in the first innings in reply to Proteas’ massive 496/3. After being set a target of 424 runs, the Tigers will bundled out for 90 runs in no time on day five morning after being 49/3 in the fourth day.
Mashrafe has highlighted the fact that the boys fought to survive in the first four days in South African conditions. He reminded that the players are more disappointed than the fans.
“No one is acknowledging the fact that the boys have fought in four days. They wouldn’t have been collapsed like that if they didn’t do something wrong. South Africa’s conditions also need to be understood,” he said.
“Australia lost in three (four) days here (in Dhaka). We also see wins and losses. If we don’t understand the situation team goes on, then I think it’s better not to discuss cricket.
“It’s true that nobody expected this performance (in the fourth innings). But it happened. These days do come in cricket. We have seen innings like this after 10 years (last time when Bangladesh were allout under 100 in Tests). Those who have played are more disappointed than us,” he added.
Bangladesh will play the second Test from October 6 at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. Hosts captain Faf du Plessis already requested a traditional South African track for the match.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com