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Maharaj, Hermer spin a web again as Tigers admit defeat

Published : 11 Apr 2022 09:13 PM

It looked the same episode was staged at the Gqeberha in the second innings in the second Test when the spin duo Keshab Maharaj and Harmer dismissed Bangladesh for paltry 80 runs, as they did in the second innings in the first Test in Durban. 

In Durban, Maharaj and Hermer bundled out Bangladesh within an hour for 53 runs and at Port Elizabeth it was same scenario, they bowled the Tigers for 80 runs within an hour to inflict 332 runs defeat.      

Tigers again surrendered to the spin duo Keshab Maharaj and Harmer when the bowling pair shared all 10 wickets between them as they exactly they did in the first Test (second innings) taking seven and three wickets respectively. 

In Durban, Maharaj in his seven wickets haul conceded 32 runs, in Port Elizabeth he claimed seven wickets for 40 runs and Hermer captured three for 21 in Durban and three for 32 runs in Port Elizabeth.     

Only three batters could score double figure with Tamim Iqbal 13, Liton Das 27 and Mehdi Miraz 20 runs against the Maharaj and Hermer bowling attacks.  

Might be it was mammoth target to chase in the fourth innings when South Africa set 413 runs to win for Bangladesh with about two days to bat but it was very much unfortunate that the batters  displayed awful batting repeatedly to get out for 80 runs. 

The two same spinners, Maharaj and Hermer opened the bowling in the second innings at Gqeberha Stadium as did in the first Test in Durban and dramatically it was a repetition of their performance in Durban, where they shared all ten second-innings wickets to lead South Africa to convincing victory.

At the Gqeberha Stadium, Port Elizabeth they demolished the visitors in the second Test for and helped South Africa to win by 332 runs and clinched the series by 2-0.  

Bangladesh batters in both the first and second Test never looked have their sharp focus on shots there were several shots came against the run of play.

Bangladesh had not any promising knocks or could put together any decent partnerships that could help to build up a formidable innings. 

But Bangladesh’s batter, the way they played, was very substandard that can never muster any big innings, they had inspiring knocks and put together two upright partnerships in the first innings but was not well enough to make a respectable total. 

All but the failures of the captain Mominul Haque, experienced Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das are very much indecent.  

Mushfique former captain was the day’s first victim of Maharaj in the second over of the day when he edged to Dean Elgar at slips and the running captain Mominul fell to the left-arm spinner in his next over with poor shot for Ryan Rickelton’s easy catch. 

At the middle young Yasir Ali followed his predecessors giving Lizaad Williams catch off Hermer and then Litton Das, who scored highest 27 off 33 balls, also failed to keep his cool when he missed the ball and wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne had an easy stumping.

In fact none of the batters could prove mettles as they never looked stress-free when facing Maharaj and Hermer.