Out, given LBW. Bangladesh review It pitches on off, hits him in line after beating the front foot defence on the inside edge, and is knocking leg.
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Bangladesh will have a lot of soul-searching to do before taking on Sri Lanka in a month at home. South Africa's next test assignment will be in England in August where they have a real chance of winning and taking a further step towards the WTC final. They'll have a break to re-group and, ideally, get a full-strength line-up.
This series was tested conventions with conditions that were uncharacteristically spin-dominant, which may be an effect of playing late in the summer. South Africa showed they have players with the skill to bowl in these conditions and adapt their game as per necessity. Apart from Maharaj and Harmer's heroics, Mulder bowled well too. The top-order was excellent and it could mean the returning players don't all come back into the side by default. Bangladesh's quicks had great spells but couldn't capitalize. Taijul was excellent in the second game but wasn't picked in the first. Mehidy has been good. Their batting has been a let-down despite good performances from individuals every now and again. The level of competitiveness promised to be high early on but fizzled out as the series progressed.
The South African team poses together with the trophy and are in smiles.
Dean Elgar, South Africa Captain: It has been a good last few months since I have taken over the captaincy. Obviously playing this series as people say a weakened squad, but I don't see it as that. I see giving guys an opportunity at this level and try to test their skills as an international cricketer. Extremely happy with how the guys pitched for the last two Tests, lot of tough style of plays had to be implemented and something I am not familiar with. Nonetheless, it was good to try those things out even when you're playing good cricket. The biggest thing for them was to trust the process, Keshav and Simon. Keshav will always be my number one spinner, but it was about them trusting my thought and process. Luckily the conditions we played in assisted that. But yeah what a combination that is! Great to see two guys go about their business at the highest level. We have a good core of spin bowlers in this squad and they have started their off-season. It is good to have Keshav and Simon as the reference point going forward. There's still a hard work to go by as Test cricket is a tough arena and have to come up with certain gameplans. (On what pleased the most this series) The attitude of the younger guys coming through, runs from the lower order and I would also say guys putting their hands up and putting pressure on guys who are not here. It's a great headache, selection-wise. If you have a lot of options then you give yourself the best chance to win a series at home and away.
(On conditions and the difference in this series) I've repeated my processes from the past. In domestic and international cricket, a few minor tweaks here and there, just trying to replicate what I'm doing. In cricket, you can be on top and not get rewards or the other way around, I'm happy to be getting the reward. (On getting to the150 wickets milestone) It was passed on to me, but I don't look at them. Maybe I will at the end of my career to reflect the impact. (On Simon and his support) He's done an exceptional job having returned to international cricket after a while and under pressure, he showed why he's a world-class performer and his growth. Really happy and pleased for him, I know there will be a time he will get lot more rewards. I tried to show some positive intent and got the ball in the middle of the bat, obviously bit disappointed not to get over the line. Hopefully in the future I manage to get to the landmark. (2/2)
Keshav Maharaj is the Player of the Match and the Series (9 wickets in the match, 16 for the series. He made 84 in the first innings) as well: Really happy that the team crossed the line. The conditions were difficult and did not suit us, but credit to the team for responding well in all disciplines. Dean did a great job in leading the team. (On personal performance) After not picking wickets in the first innings at Durban, Dean and the coach had a chat and said, 'you're doing the right things. Your time will come, there could be a situation in the second innings where you go and take wickets' and I haven't looked back since then. (1/2)
Mominul Haque, Bangladesh Captain: We didn't perform with the bat and ball collectively as a team, unlike South Africa. Congratulations to them. It is disappointing but we have to move forward. (On the team's batting troubles) It was mainly due to not building partnerships be it with bat or ball. We'd build pressure on one end but would let it be released at the other, and we have to capitalize (on starts) and build better partnerships. (On preparations, focusing on pace and turning up to find spin-friendly conditions) No, because the opposition will also have to play in the same conditions and in international cricket, you have to absorb pressure and play regardless of conditions. No excuses on that. (On future) We have to play with the process as our focus, not the results which we have done here. The ODI series win was a positive, pity we couldn't win the tests.
waqas: "150 test wickets for Maharaj as well! "
11:01 am: In two straight weeks, South Africa's spin duo, Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer, have accounted for all the 10 Bangladesh wickets in the fourth innings. It was 19 overs in Durban, 23.3 in Gqeberha. But unlike in the last game, the visitors were barely, if ever, in the contest here in this game. Bangladesh's top order was knocked over last night, the rest of the batting could not muster much, South Africa win the series 2-0 and are now placed second in the World Test Championship Points Table. They've been dominant, consistent, and have gone from strength to strength this summer, beating India 2-1, drawing an away series against New Zealand, and finishing off with a 2-0 win against Bangladesh.
Similar line and length, turns slightly less but is beaten again
Full ball pitches on off and spins away sharply to beat the outside edge of the full-faced bat
Similar to the first Test, I bring on Ekanth for comms to finish off the game and the post-match stuff. He is more than delighted at the early finish. Here he is. I'm done and see you soon again.
Khaled has been given out LBW. He reviews though. Three reds and he is on his way. Seven for Maharaj. Again he is celebrating with his routines as the other South Africans leave him to do his job in peace. The quicker fuller slider, rushes off the pitch and beats Khaled on the forward defence, hit low on the pad and there's no bat. Plumbest of plumb LBWs. Khaled's review is just academic. South Africa just a wicket away now
Maharaj drags the length back, defended off the back foot
past the outside-edge. Thrown up outside off, sharp turn and Khaled pushes and is lucky not to edge that
Caught behind appeal turned down, South Africa review. The review was immediate as Verreynne was pretty sure of the nick. Let's see. Clear spike and Mehidy has to go. 6 for Maharaj. Drifting into middle, brings Mehidy forward, he has the bat on the front boot but the ball turns across and flicks the shoulder of the bat on the way to Verreynne. A sharp catch as it was bouncing. The umpire shook his head and on review South Africa were proved right by the UltraEdge which threw up a spike
tossed up outside off, turns away, left alone
risky but Mehidy cuts well. The arm-ball on the stumps, he rocks back and cuts it so late from off-stump and gets it wide of backward point
slower and fuller on middle, Taijul defends towards point with a straight bat
thrown up outside off, left alone
tossed up on off, forward and defended
Harmer round the wicket
sharp turn on this offbreak, Mehidy goes back and pushes it towards cover for a single
smashed! Mehidy comes down the track and it's a tossed up ball, to the pitch and he gives it the full monty, straight back and a flat hit for six over long-off
sharp offbreak, turning in, nudged to legslip
Harmer now over the wicket
full outside off, Taijul pushes towards point, wants a single but is sent back
Maharaj back over the wicket
softly turned to short-leg
flighted around off, Taijul gets forward to block
Maharaj round the wicket
turning in, nudged to legslip
tossed up outside off, Taijul pushes away from the body, the thick inside-edge takes it wide of short-leg
|St George's Park, Port Elizabeth|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||South Africa won the 2-match series 2-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2461|
|Match days||8,9,10,11 April 2022 - day (5-day match)|
|SA Player Replacement|
|Points||South Africa 12, Bangladesh 0|