Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11.45am Morne Morkel has been ruled out of the Bloemfontein Test because of a side strain. SA have eased to a 333-run win to open their home summer. Can Bangladesh tighten up in the second Test? The second match starts from October 6. Hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we did bringing to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Akshay Gopalakrishnan and Ranjith

Ruffin: "This shows how inexperienced Bangladesh are in these conditions. BCB need to arrange more A team and HP tours in SA, Aus, NZ and Eng. The national players should also get involved. Bangladesh made a total mess at the toss. Still wondering why did they elect to bowl!"

Werner: "@Stanton, Steyn will still be good, that guy is class through and through. Imagine this bowling attack with Steyn in place of Olivier and Philander in place of Phehlukwayo. No rest for the batsmen."

11.30am Well, that escalated quickly. Bangladesh lost 7 for 41 on the fifth morning to careen to 90 all out - their joint fifth-lowest total in Test cricket. Rabada ran in hard, hit the pitch harder, and set the collapse in motion by striking three times in four overs. Maharaj then took care of the tail and wound up with a match haul of seven wickets. The less said about Bangladesh's batting in the fourth innings, the better. They had endured a collapse in their first innings, too, losing 5 for 28. While SA bowled out Bangladesh twice, the tourists had managed all of nine wickets across two innings. And 'nuff said about Mushfiqur's bowl-first decision on a flat track.

Mushfiqur: Probably (would you have batted first in hindsight?). I did not know the wicket would be this flat. I thought the batsmen did not go big in the first innings that cost us. I can't remember the last time we were bowled out under 100. It was really disappointing. Probably, we will come up with good plans in the next Test match. Mominul and Mahmudullah were the positives. Mominul and Mustafiz also bowled well in the second innings. We need to be mentally tough and that is an area we need to improve.

Du Plessis: Very happy. Over the four-five days, we have executed the skills-sets very well. The bowlers were very impressive on a flat surface. From the conditions point of view, we are not happy with what we received. The only way we could get wickets on this pitch was through spin or reverse. We are not complaining it's an easy finish. Morne's loss is the most disappointing. Happy with the debutants. Aiden might think Test cricket is pretty easy for the moment. Andile picked up a wicket when he had an opportunity. Expecting more bounce and carry in Bloemfontein

Elgar, Man of the Match: I made quite a good contribution on a flattish wicket. Nonetheless, I am happy with the performance (Was 199 bittersweet?). It is great to be out there with Aiden. I tried to ease his nerves as best as I could. I got a lot of positive advice from friends and coaches on this wicket: 'Fill your boots'. It has taken me a long time to stabilise my opening spot. It is nice to play with that monkey off the back.

Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, OUT, Mustafiz chips a return catch. Maharaj sews up SA's 333-run victory. Lobbed up outside off and breaks back in from the rough, Mustafiz drives weakly and scoops it to the right of the bowler. Good overhead grab from Maharaj. Soft, soft dismissal. Soft, soft innings from Bangladesh

Mustafizur Rahman c & b Maharaj 1 (18m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, length ball, spins back in from outside off, Mustafiz nearly plays on
Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, pushed through on off, defended from the crease to silly point
Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, Maharaj throws this up on off, defended

32 | (maiden) | BDESH: 90/9

  • Mehidy Hasan15 (32b)
  • Mustafizur Rahman1 (7b)
  • Duanne Olivier5.4-1-12-0
  • Keshav Maharaj10-1-25-3

stanton: "Dont see Rabada as an understudy, especailly since That series win in Aus, he is definitely a strike / main bowler, and lets be very honest, i dont see Steyn coming back with the same menace."

Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, back of a length on off, keeps low, Mehidy stoops low and blocks to the leg side

Irfaan Kahan: "Mustafizur Rahman averaged 1.4 before this test. He's more than doubled his average"

Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, dug in short on off, fended to silly point

Tushar: "Maharaj has been an awesome find for South Africa.. a spinner who can actually spin!! "

Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, The ball hits the bat as opposed to bat hitting ball. Slammed into the middle of the pitch, fended in front of off stump
Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, rising short ball outside off, Mehidy pulls his bat inside the line
Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, good length and angling in on middle, blocked to short leg
Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, back of a length and outside off, ignored

31 | 2 Runs | BDESH: 90/9

  • Mustafizur Rahman1 (7b)
  • Mehidy Hasan15 (26b)
  • Keshav Maharaj10-1-25-3
  • Duanne Olivier4.4-0-12-0
Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, skidding through outside off, beats the outside edge again
Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, good length and spins in after pitching outside off, defended
Maharaj to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run, Mehidy stays leg side of this full ball on middle and punches it down to long-off
Maharaj to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, tossed up and spins in, defended off the front foot
Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, 1 bye, quick slider outside off, Mustafiz plays for turn and is beaten past the outside edge. Beats de Kock as well
Maharaj to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, starts outside off and breaks back in, Mustafiz wafts and misses

30 | 5 Runs | BDESH: 88/9

  • Mehidy Hasan14 (24b)
  • Mustafizur Rahman1 (3b)
  • Duanne Olivier4.4-0-12-0
  • Keshav Maharaj9-1-24-3
Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs, dug short and outside off, Mehidy rides the bounce and ramps it to the vacant third-man boundary
Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, short and angling down leg as Mehidy sinks under it

Tobias: "@Stanton: That would make Andile Philander's understudy. At least role-wise as the seaming allrounder. However, I agree with george that Olivier and Lucky should get more opportunities (as in overs) in games like these to be ready to fill the void, once the two main men leave. Rabada has done brilliantly to replace Steyn as the pace leader by the way, while we're talking of understudies. "

Olivier to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, back of a length and angling into a tight defence on off
Olivier to Mustafizur Rahman, 1 run, shorter and angling away outside off, Mustafiz stays leg-side of the ball and upper-cuts but it drops in front of fly slip
Olivier to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, short and slanting away outside off from over the stumps, Mustafiz awkwardly chops it behind to the keeper
Olivier to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, back of a length on top of middle, Mustafiz steps away outside leg and hacks it to backward point


29 | 8 Runs | BDESH: 83/9

  • Mehidy Hasan10 (21b)
  • Mustafizur Rahman0 (0b)
  • Keshav Maharaj9-1-24-3
  • Duanne Olivier3.4-0-7-0
Maharaj to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run, full on off, pushed into the covers

Big defeat


No. of times Bangladesh have lost by bigger margin of runs than the 333 runs in this match. Their biggest defeat of 465 runs came v SL in Chittagong in 2009.

Tough task


Highest target successfully chased by Bangladesh in Tests, against West Indies in St George's in 2009. They are set 424 to win in this match.



Previous highest total by Bangladesh in Tests in South Africa, which came in East London in 2002. Their average total in 8 innings in SA was only 180.

One to improve


Tamim's average v SA in Tests, before this match - his worst against any opposition. In 10 innings he had hit only 166 runs with a solitary fifty.

The 199 club


No. of batsmen to get out on 199 in Tests. Dean Elgar is the 10th to join the club and first for South Africa.

Amla equals Smith


No. of centuries for Amla in Tests, as many as Graeme Smith. For South Africa only Kallis has more hundreds (45).

Elgar's best


Dean Elgar's previous highest score in Tests. He has scored his maiden 150+ score.

Missed narrowly


No. of players to get run out in 90s on their Test debut, including Aiden Markram in this match. Abdul Kadir (in 1964) and Gordon Greenidge (in 1974) were the first two.