South Africa turn the heat on Bangladesh
02 Oct 2017 - 2:08
Potchefstroom, South Africa: South African fast bowler Morne Morkel took two wickets for no runs in the first over of Bangladesh’s second innings before an injury to the fast bowler and a thunderstorm hit South Africa’s hopes of an early win on the fourth day of the first Test yesterday.
Bangladesh were reeling at 49 for three after being set to make 424 to win when a storm hit Senwes Park during the tea break and no further play was possible.
More showers are possible on the final day on Monday and Morkel, who took two for 19, is not expected to bowl again.
“It’s a massive blow. Morne is the leader of our attack and he was hot out there,” said batsman Temba Bavuma, whose innings of 71 helped South Africa to declare on 247 for six in mid-afternoon.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper Liton Das, who took a remarkable catch to dismiss Bavuma, anticipating a lap sweep by the batsman and moving sharply to his left to hold the ball in his left hand at close range, said he expected left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj to be the main threat to Bangladesh’s hopes of saving the game.
“The South African bowlers did a very good job but the pitch is slow so the challenge will be Maharaj. It’s also a fifth-day wicket,” said Das.
Morkel’s sensational start could have been even better. He was denied a third wicket because of a no-ball. Morkel, bowling around the wicket, bowled Tamim Iqbal with his fourth ball, a superb delivery which straightened off the pitch and hit the off stump. Two balls later he won a leg before wicket decision against another left-hander, Mominul Haque, who made top score of 77 in Bangladesh’s first innings.