second test ‘out of reach’ for Bangladesh, says batting coach Siddons | Cricket News

GQEBERHA (South Africa): Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons admitted on Saturday that the second Test against South Africa was “probably out of our reach” after a batting slump late in the post- noon.
Siddons paid tribute to the South Africans who “beat very well” with 453 and said Bangladesh had a difficult task after slipping to 139 for five at the end of day two.
The collapse was caused by medium-paced all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, who took three wickets in quick succession.
Mulder dismissed Tamim Iqbal (47), Najmul Hossain (33) and captain Mominul Haque (6) almost identically.
Circling around the wicket, he directed the ball towards the three left-handers and trapped them leg before the wicket. At one point he had three wickets for five runs in five overs. He finished the day with three for 15.
“There were some fundamental batting errors made by our left-handers,” Siddons said. “I spoke to two of them. They were trying to kick the ball off the side of the leg instead of clearing the front cushion and sending the ball back where it came from.”
Although Mulder and opener Duanne Olivier took the wickets, Siddons felt the biggest threat came from South African spinners Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer, who won the South African match in the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban.
“Maharaj doesn’t have a wicket yet, but he’s got really good quality rotations, so it’s going to be a tough game from now on. The ball is spinning a lot and at a good pace, so it’s going to be a tough day at bat . .”
Tamim and Najmul put in 79 for Bangladesh’s second wicket and Siddons said Tamim “played very well” before playing around his pad to be Mulder’s first victim.
“Tamim was maybe looking for a four to elevate his fifty years and maybe had forgotten how he played all the rounds. He played beautifully straight and didn’t put his pad through. His rounds were exceptional, bringing the fight to the bowlers. .
“Several batsmen seemed comfortable and played good shots.”
Maharaj, man of the match for his bowling in South Africa’s 220-point win in the first Test, was South Africa’s top scorer with a career-best 84.
He hit his runs on 95 with nine fours and three sixes as South Africa added 175 runs to their 278 overnight for five.
Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Taijul Islam took six for 135 – the tenth time he took five or more wickets in a Test inning.
Maharaj ran into his fourth Test in half a century with 50 balls with four fours and three sixes.
“I worked hard in the net after hours,” Maharaj said of his stick.
Maharaj and Harmer both proved quite expensive, with Maharaj conceding 42 runs in 11 overs and Harmer 31 in seven.
“There were a lot more shots,” Maharaj said. “I don’t know if it’s about not trusting your defense or trying not to allow us to settle, but there were plenty of chances.
“In terms of the pitch compared to Kingsmead, the ball is spinning quite viciously and hopefully we can use it tomorrow.”
Maharaj said Mulder deserved some success after being criticized for playing a minimal role in the first test. He scored 33 in an 81 seventh wicket partnership with Maharaj before striking with the ball.
“The partnerships he’s been involved in have been very good for us and he showed that again today. He showed his value with the ball and he adds balance and variety to the attack. ”

Comments are closed.