Cape Town - Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said their bowling effort
in the first innings let them down as they fell to a heavy 333-run defeat
against South Africa in the first Test in Potchefstroom on Monday.
The Tigers lost seven wickets for just 41 runs on the fifth
morning to be 90 all out and slide to a resounding defeat to go one-nil down in
the two-match series.
However the major difference between the teams came in the
first innings when the Proteas piled up a total of 493/3 declared after
Mushfiqur had won the toss and shockingly elected to field first on a flat pitch.
The tourists could only reply with 320 in their first
innings and even though it was their highest total ever scored in South Africa,
they were always on the back foot.
Speaking after the game: Mushfiqur said: "Our bowlers
let us down in the first innings. It was a flat track but we could have put the
balls in the right areas.
"I can't remember the last time we were bowled out
under 100. It was really disappointing."
When asked if he would change his mind had he got the chance
to make a different call after winning the toss, he said: "Probably (would
you have batted first in hindsight). I did not know the wicket would be this
The Tigers skipper said his side will have be mentally tough
to pick themselves up for the second and final Test of the series that starts
in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Mushfiqur continued: "Probably, we will come up with
good plans in the next Test match. Probably we will play good cricket in the
"Hopefully we will go well in the next matches. As
professionals we need to be mentally tough."