For the hosts, the first Test went pretty much as according to plan as it could have. The batters batted well right from the get-go and kept their side in the driving seat from the opening session.
The foundation provided by a 367-run total was used brilliantly by South African spin duo of Simon Harmer and Keshav Maharaj – both of whom were devastating, picking 14 of the 20 Bangladeshi wickets between themselves.
Another win would help them cement their second place in the ICC World Test Championship points table where they are behind only Australia after an impressive last few months in the red-ball format.
As if things were not already bleak for Bangladesh, they have been dealt further injury blows. Taskin Ahmed has a shoulder injury, whereas Shoriful Islam suffered an ankle ligament injury during training.
It leaves an already weak squad more depleted and puts added pressure on the shoulders of skipper Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim.
To be fair to the Tigers, they did lose the first Test heavily but they weren’t outplayed. They batted well in their first innings as evident in their score of 298. It was just on the final day when the wheels came off.
Few give them a chance of levelling up the series here but then the same was said when they visited New Zealand earlier this season and got a surprise win.