Durban, 6 April (H.S.). Disappointed Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque has claimed responsibility for the loss, saying he is hopeful of a strong comeback in the next match after they suffered a crushing 220-run defeat in the first Test of the two-match Test series against South Africa.
Thanks to Keshav Maharaj’s excellent bowling performance (7 for 32), South Africa beat Bangladesh by a huge margin of 220 runs in the first Test.
Mominul Haque said, “I think giving wickets to spinners on foreign soil was a big crime on our part. You can’t give wickets to spinners when you are on tour. You have to score runs against spinners. I think it’s my fault. It is nothing but a total batting failure. I think we couldn’t handle the pressure.”
The Test against South Africa was Mominul’s 50th Test match and he scored only two runs in this match (0 in the first innings and 2 in the second). He has scored just one fifty in the last ten innings.
Mominul said, “I don’t think captaincy is spoiling my batting form. I’m not worried about it. I don’t think I am in bad form. I will be back on track after a good innings. I’m not too worried. We will definitely come back from this defeat.”
Bangladesh were bowled out for 53 in the second innings of the first Test, their second lowest score in Test history.
South Africa now have an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series. The second Test will begin in Port Elizabeth from April 8.