South Africa get their wish with Bloemfontein pitch

Kristopher Nichols
October 7, 2017

"That's the duration of the game and we should not start disrespecting it, and Test cricket should also only be played with the red ball". It pits a traditionally strong side the much awaited South Africa vs Bangladesh is touted as the emerging one that can prove its worth in this period of the game. Markram, in his second Test, was unbeaten on 54 as South Africa scored at over four runs per over. Our bowlers couldn't do it in the first Test but I am hopeful that they can do it in Bloemfontein, ' he said. In South African conditions, the Cricket match for the team South Africa remains widened. "Sri Lanka was a far better team at that time".

The pitch was good but we could not bat the way we wanted to.

Morkel has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a side strain sustained in the first-Test victory at Potchefstroom. Although they will be asked questions about the home line-up, which has battled for consistency in the past year, it is can be seen as worth match.

In absence of Tamim, Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar would be the most likely pair to open the innings and talking about them, the captain said, "Starting every innings is tough but we expect them to give us a good start". Only Jacques Kallis has more Test hundreds for South Africa.

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AB de Villiers will be back in South African colours for the three-match one-day worldwide series against Bangladesh starting on October 15.

Rain arrived in Potchefstroom a few hours after Bangladesh were bowled out on the fifth day, but Mahmudullah said their batsmen hadn't made any specific plans with an eye on the weather. Playing at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, the openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram made mockery of the Bangladesh bowling and dented their spirit with aggressive batting display.

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