Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar not in favour of four-day Test

Hope Soto
October 7, 2017

The idea did not come as a surprise: exploit the conditions and belittle South Africa to a low score.

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. Bangladesh, on the other hand, made four changes: they drafted in Soumya Sarkar for the injured Tamim Iqbal, while Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Subashis Roy were added to bolster the weakened team. South African skipper Faf Du Plessis described the 333-run win in the first Test as "spotless", and has urged his players for the same consistency to finish off the series on a high.

South Africa's request for a seam-friendly wicket appears to have fallen on fertile ground in Bloemfontein, with pictures emerging of a healthy layer of green grass on the Mangaung Oval pitch that will be used for the second Test against Bangladesh on Friday (October 6). 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.

Herath, who achieved the milestone of 400 Test wickets with his 11-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi, has gained 37 points to reach within six points of third-placed Ravichandran Ashwin of India.

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Tigers physio Thihan Chandramohan said: “Following the first Test match Tamim underwent an ultrasound scan which demonstrated a grade 1 hip muscle strain.

92 - Wickets Kagiso Rabada has picked up in the 21 Test matches he has played so far.

South Africa were 126 for no wicket at lunch with Elgar on 72 not out and his opening partner Aiden Markram on 54.

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. Wayne Parnell replaced him.

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