Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Amla and Elgar move up Test rankings

Amla and Elgar move up Test rankings

It was South Africa who came out on top against Bangladesh during the fifth and final day of the first Test, which ultimately gifted them a 1-0 series lead.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also returned to the ODI side after taking a break from the Test series.

Probably the team Bangladesh has a good chance of transferring their home improvements to overseas but the team needs to be the concern for themselves little more. "He's been bowling really well but it gives an opportunity to other guys to stand up and make a name for themselves", said Olivier.

"Two weeks ago, the wicket was quite flat and there wasn't much assistance but it will be different this time", he said.

27 - Number of centuries Hashim Amla has scored in Test cricket so far. It was more like our type of wicket in the previous game but we couldn't execute well. "We made a lot of silly mistakes", said Mahmudullah before boarding the team bus. "We lost badly in the first Test because we made silly mistakes".

Here we look at all the key stats and numbers ahead of the 2nd Test match. However, he has been more confident in this match, scoring runs at a strike of 81.8.

As they face the prospect of a green pitch, the pressure will certainly be increased on Bangladesh, particularly after experienced batsman Tamim Iqbal was ruled out of the match following a recurrence of a thigh injury. He needs eight more wickets to complete 100 wickets in the Test cricket.

After a shellacking of 126 runs in the first session, Bangladesh's players were unexpectedly given an extra 10 minutes to think about their poor bowling as the afternoon session was delayed because, of all things, the Tigers' food arrived late. After four Tests, his returns - 13 wickets at an average of 24.15 with an economy rate of 4.02 - are acceptable without being outstanding. When the ball reverses or you get the second new ball, you can go back to the attacking options. "It'd be better if they can do it quickly", he added.

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