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Tigers look to change Test fate in South Africa

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 31st March, 2022 10:15:13 AM
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Tigers look to change Test fate in South Africa

Bangladesh will be eyeing to change their Test fortune in South Africa when they take on the hosts in the two-match Test series opener at Kingsmead in Durban today.

The match is scheduled to start at 02:00pm (BST) and will be telecast live on T Sports.

The Tigers previously lost all six Tests including a five innings defeat against the hosts during their previous three tours to the African nation.

However, despite having a similar record in the ODIs, they recently clinched their maiden ODI series against them at their own den and it made the Tigers confident to repeat the same performance in the Tests, which will also be part of the ICC World Test Championship.

The Mominul Haque-led side will also be charged up with their recent Test performances which included earning their maiden Test win over New Zealand at their own den.

“We will play to win and that is our goal. To do that we need to maintain a process and we have to play good cricket for five days and all the 15 sessions,” Mominul told reporters on Wednesday ahead of the first Test.

“We have to do what we did in New Zealand and that too from scratch. We are confident after the ODI win but at the same time, these are two different formats.

Mominul can take confidence from the fact that the hosts will be seeking to reverse a losing trend at Kingsmead where they lost six out of their eight Tests since 2009-10 while managing to earn a solitary win against India in 2012-13.

Unlike in the past, Kingsmead isn’t a fast bowler’s paradise anymore and South African skipper Elgar can be happy considering his side will be without front-line fast bowlers such as Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen and Anrich Nortje.

“I’m not too familiar with what they have done but it seems like the grass has grown a little bit here at Kingsmead but hopefully they can get it nice and hard to create more pace and bounce,” he said.

Mominul will be elated if that is the case considering his pace unit has already shown its potential in New Zealand with Ebadot Hossain expected to lead the trio that includes Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam -  both impressed in the ODIs against South Africa.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, will miss the service of their ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the first Test as he returned home to be with his ill family members after the ODI series.