Chasing an improbable target of 413 runs to level the two-match Test series against South Africa, a seemingly carefree Bangladesh were bundled out for 80 runs in just 23.3 overs on Day 4 at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. Meaning, another heavy defeat for Bangladesh against the Proteas. Bangladesh have now lost all but two Test matches in their 14 outings against South Africa. In South Africa, it's 8-0, or 0-8 whichever way one likes to read it. And triggering the collapse was, once again, Keshav Maharaj. The 32-year-old left-arm spinner registered figures of 7/40 in 12 overs; and he, along with Simon Harmer (3/34), left the visitors dumbfounded in the second innings. The pair combined to claim all ten wickets in the fourth innings of the first Test in Durban too. Maharaj took nine wickets in the match, and 16 in the series. He also hit an entertaining 84 in the first innings of the second Test as South Africa post 453. Well, Proteas were without their stars thanks to IPL, but they found a 'Maharaj'. Catch highlights of SA vs BAN, 2nd Test here.
2:53 PM IST: Maharaj, The Man
Keshav Maharaj is the player of the match and series. He now has 150 wickets in 42 Test matches.
And he gives credit to the team: "Really happy with the win. The conditions were difficult and probably not suited for us, but full credit to the team. Dean [Elgar] did an excellent job leading us and the guys were clinical in the series."
2:32 PM IST: Result
Simon Harmer on with his 12th over. Two dots and a LBW. Bangladesh review the decision. All red. Taijul Islam is out and Bangladesh lose the match by 332 runs. Stunning period of play in Port Elizabeth. 3/34 for Harmer, and 7/40 for Keshav Maharaj, who also became the first-ever bowler to take consecutive seven-fours in successive fourth innings. In the cricket history!
BAN - 80 & 217
SA - 176/6d & 453
What a performance South Africa. They took just 19 overs in Durban to rout Bangladesh amid calls of poor umpiring and sledging, then four and half more overs in Gqeberha.
2:26 PM IST: Nine Down
Keshav Maharaj gets his seventh. Seven in Durban, another seven here. LBW, against plodding Khaled Ahmed. Bangladesh take the review. No bat involved and hitting the leg stump. One wrong and one correct for the umpire in the over. 7/30 for Maharaj in 12 overs so far. Bangladesh need 333 runs. BAN - 80/9 (23)
2:24 PM IST: Eight Down
Keshav Maharaj on with his 13th over. Mehidy Hasan hits a cracking four, off the first ball, past backward point. A dot then a shout for caught behind. On the front foot and the ball brushing the edge. Replays show a spike and Hasan goes for 20 off 25. Nice take, Kyle Verreynne! And a sixth for Maharaj. Bangladesh need 333 runs. Khaled Ahmed is the new man. BAN - 80/8 (22.3)
2:17 PM IST: Seven Down
Keshav Maharaj continues. And another fifer for him. Litton Das stumped off the first ball. Das goes for 27 off 33. Taijul Islam is the new man. Bangladesh in tatters. BAN - 69/7 (20.1)
2:03 PM IST: Das Fours
Keshav Maharaj on with his ninth over. Litton Das hits fours off the second and fourth balls. Ten from the over. Bangladesh need 358 runs. BAN - 55/6 (17)
1:55 PM IST: Six Down
Simon Harmer continues. Litton Das takes a single off the third, then Yasir Ali slog sweeps. And a man is waiting for just something like that at deep mid-wicket. Easy catch for Lizaad Williams. Ali goes for a four-ball duck. Mehidy Hasan will join Das in the middle. Bangladesh need 369 runs. BAN - 44/6 (13.6)
1:48 PM IST: Five Down
Keshav Maharaj continues. Mominul Haque goes for a sweep, and is caught by Ryan Rickelton at square leg. Nowhere near to play the shot. Looks like Bangladesh batters, including the skipper, are in a hurry to return home. Throwing the wickets away. Haque goes for 5 off 25. Yasir Ali is the new man. BAN - 38/5 (12.1)
1:45 PM IST: Das Four
Simon Harmer on with his sixth over. Litton Das hits the last ball for a four, straight to long on. Bangladesh need 375 runs. BAN - 38/4 (12)
1:40 PM IST: Countdown Begins
Keshav Maharaj on with his sixth over. Three dots and Mushfiqur Rahim goes hard and is caught at first slip. Nice take by a diving Dean Elgar. Rahim goes for a sad-looking 1 off 7. Litton Das is the new man. Mominul Haque is unbeaten on 5 off 23. BAN - 32/4 (10.4)
1:37 PM IST: Trial By Spin
Simon Harmer to complete his fifth over. Bails were drawn on Day 3 after the wicket of Tamim Iqbal off the first ball in the tenth over. Four byes to start the day. Mushfiqur Rahim looks to play down the leg, but misses and the ball beats everyone. A review of LBW. Missing the target. High bounce. A single off the fifth. Five from the over. Bangladesh need 381 runs. BAN - 32/3 (10)
1:28 PM IST: Ready
It will be a trial by spin, not pace for Bangladesh. South Africa have so far relied heavily on Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer in this series. Players are in the middle.
There are changes in personnel for South Africa due to positive COVID-19 cases. Sarel Erwee and Wiaan Mulder are the players missing the remainder of the match. They have been replaced by Khaya Zondo and Glenton Stuurman
1:10 PM IST: No Joy For Mahmudul
Mahmudul Hasan Joy has run out of form after becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to score a century in South Africa. Mahmudul has been out for zero in both innings in the second Test to become the second Bangladesh opener to bag a pair. Javed Omar did so against India in Mirpur in May 2007. India had won that match by an innings and 239 runs with the top four batsmen -- Dinesh Karthik, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid (captain) and Sachin Tendulkar -- all scoring big hundreds!
12:36 PM IST: Middle Order Key
Having lost three top order batsmen cheaply, Bangladesh will depend a lot on their out-of-form skipper Mominul Haque and the middle order where former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim played a gritty knock in the first innings. Tamim Iqbal's wicket at the fag end of Day 3 was a huge blow but BAN face a daunting task on a St George's Park pitch that has been aiding the spin bowlers. It may be recalled that Bangladesh were all out for 53 in their second innings at Durban. Here at PE, Bangladesh lost their last five first innings wickets for only 25 runs after Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali added 70 runs for the sixth wicket.
Day 3 Recap
South Africa continued their dominance on Day 3. First, they bundled out Bangladesh for 217 runs for a first-innings lead of 236, then scored 176/6 before declaring their second innings. Chasing a mammoth target of 413 runs, Bangladesh lost Mahmudul Hasan Joy (0) in the first over itself with Keshav Maharaj claiming the wicket. The spinner then returned to dismiss Najmul Hossain Shanto (7). Before the day could end, Simon Harmer dismissed Tamim Iqbal to reduce Bangladesh to 27/3 at stumps.