South Africa get their wish with Bloemfontein pitch


Tamim was a doubt for the Bloemfontein Test, which starts on Friday, after aggravating an injury he suffered in a warm-up game last month.

Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has already taken rest from the two-Test series. It won't be an easy outing for the visitors at Bloemfontein where they might be up for a juicy track in the absence of two of their star players. Cobras coach Ashwell Prince later suggested that such pitches were not good for South African cricket.

"I think this is an opportunity for the others in the squad".

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The Proteas are now involved in a Test series against the visiting Bangladesh and some of the players have come out strongly against the proposed four-day match. "Yes, on their day they can be risky but we need to keep pressure on them and restrict opportunities in the game where they can get on top of us", Du Plessis added.

Probably the team Bangladesh has a good chance of transferring their home improvements to overseas but the team needs to be the concern for themselves little more. "We made a lot of silly mistakes", said Mahmudullah before boarding the team bus.

Rahim moreover went on to suggest that his team would look to turn tables for themselves and try to get over their mistakes that they made in the first Test. However, he has been more confident in this match, scoring runs at a strike of 81.8. They had no more success, though. He needs eight more wickets to complete 100 wickets in the Test cricket. "That's what is so special about Test cricket", Sport24 quoted du Plessis as saying after Proteas defeat Bangladesh in the first Test in Potchefstroom in a match that went to the fifth day. "Previously, too, the wickets were a bit slow up front and Marchant (de Lange) and I bowled really well together". If you are not getting wickets, you have to cut down the run rate.