All eyes are on Mangaung Oval

Expect visitors to have strong 'local' support

Having failed to take advantage of favourable first Test conditions, the Bangladesh batsmen have a chance to make amends against the least experienced bowling line-up South Africa have fielded in many years.
But conditions are likely to be more bowler-friendly in the second Test starting at the Mangaung Oval today and on the evidence of Potchefstroom, the tourists are ill-equipped to counter even a South African attack stripped of four front-line fast bowlers because of injury. Morne Morkel could not finish the first Test because of a side strain, adding to a casualty list which includes Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Chris Morris.
It leaves Kagiso Rabada, 22, as the leader of the attack.
His tally of 92 wickets in 21 Tests dwarfs those of his likely pace partners, Duanne Olivier (13 in four Tests), Wayne Parnell (13 in five) and Andile Phehlukwayo, who took a single
Despite a convincing 333-run win in the first Test, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was unequivocal in calling for a pitch with more pace and bounce.
Bangladesh locals in Bloemfontein speaks out
Mahabub Mullha (36), who is a businessman in Bloemfontein for the past four years, said although SA will have an added advantage due their familiarity with the conditions, the Bngladesh tean is likely to fight with tooth and nail to secure a win. His friend, Nurullah Rony (23) who also owns a business in Charlotte Maxheke streets in the city of roses said he will be witnessing his homboys disappointing the Proteas in the Test match. “Look man, I am from Bangladesh and cannot be in favour of the Proteas, that would mean I don’t have faith in my people,” he said. Abul Kasa said there was no way that Bangladesh can leave the Proteas to do as they please, they must fight back. However, he admits that South Africa is one of the strongest teams in the sport.

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