Potchefstroom - If Bangladesh's batsmen found the going
tough in the first Test, they can expect it to be even more difficult in the
second match if South African captain Faf du Plessis gets his way.
"I'm on the groundsman's case," Du Plessis said
after South Africa bowled out Bangladesh for 90 to complete a crushing 333-run
win on the fifth day of the first Test at Senwes Park on Monday.
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took three for 33 and left-arm
spinner Keshav Maharaj four for 25 as the tourists lost their last seven
wickets for 41 runs in less than an hour and a half.
"I was really disappointed with the conditions. They
were not what we asked for," said Du Plessis, who praised the performance
of his bowlers on a pitch in Potchefstroom which he described as a
Du Plessis said he expected the pitch for the second Test,
starting in Bloemfontein on Friday, to be more helpful to South Africa's fast
"Hopefully there will be a bit more grass on the pitch
in Bloemfontein," he said. "I am expecting more bounce and
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim admitted his team had
missed an opportunity to be more competitive on a pitch which some observers
felt was more akin to conditions in the Asian sub-continent than those usually
found in South Africa.
Rahim astonished most commentators when he sent South Africa
in after winning the toss. The hosts piled up 496 for three declared, with man
of the match Dean Elgar making 199, new cap Aiden Markram 97 and Hashim Amla
Bangladesh were never in the game after that despite good
half-centuries from Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah in a first innings total of
Rahim said he "probably" would bat if he had the
chance again but said his bowlers had let the team down in the first innings.
"I did not know the wicket would be this flat. It was a
flat track but they didn't put the ball in the right areas," he said.
The Bangladesh captain, first man out in a devastating three-wicket
spell by Rabada at the start of play on Monday, said: "I can't remember
the last time we were bowled out for less than 100. We didn't show our
character or our fighting abilities."
He said the batting of Mominul and Mahmudullah and the
second innings bowling of Mustafizur Rahman were positives for the tourists.
Rahim said his team needed to be "a bit more mentally
tough" in the second Test.
Du Plessis said he was happy with the way South Africa had
executed their skills in the first match of a ten-Test home summer but admitted
that the loss of fast bowler Morne Morkel was a big blow.
Morkel, who took the first two wickets on Sunday, left the
field with a side strain before completing his opening spell and is expected to
be out of action for about six weeks.
Morkel joins fellow fast bowlers Dale Steyn, Vernon
Philander and Chris Morris on the sidelines because of injury.
"To lose another key member of our bowling attack is
very disappointing," said Du Plessis. "Standing behind Morne (in the
slips) is fantastic. He's bowling a touch fuller and he's hitting the stumps.
He's reached that level as a bowler that everyone expected him to be."