20 November 2008
Bangladesh batsmen yet again failed to show the desire to stay on the wicket and played reckless shots to leave Bangladesh on the verge of innings defeat at the end of the 2nd day of the first Test at OUTsurance Oval in Bloemfonain today. The tourists were shot out for 153 runs in the first innings and ended the day on 20/1 in the second innings still trailing the hosts by 268 runs.
None of the Bangladesh batsmen except wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim showed the fighting spirit against a fiery pace bowling attack and threw their wicket away irresponsibly. Mushfiq and Shahadat shared a record 9th wicket partnership of 60 to save Bangladesh from the ignominy of below 100 Test score. Mushfiq top scored with 48 runs while Shahadat was the second highest scorer with 23 runs. Bangladesh top order again failed miserably as the first four batsmen combined added only 27 runs to the lackluster Bangladesh innings.
Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan's second 5 wicket haul in last three Tests restricted South Africa to 441/9d. Shakib bagged 5 for 130 runs as Bangladesh claimed 8 wickets for 142 runs in the second day.
Young seamer Mahbubul Alam claimed the prize scalp of Graeme Smith and picked the last batsman Makhaya Ntini as South Africa declared after losing their 9th wicket. South African spinner Paul Harris has fractured his right thumb and didn't come to bat.