The over in which Mustafizur Rahman claimed the wickets of Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock was the turning point on the first day of the first Test between South Africa and Bangladesh, says Temba Bavuma.
The Proteas collapsed to 248 all out after Amla won the toss and chose to bat. Bavuma top scored with 54 while the rest of the middle order crumbled around him.
Rahman ended with figures of 4-37, adding Bavuma as his fourth over.
Bangladesh faced only two overs before stumps and will continue day two on seven without loss.
‘It wasn’t our best day,’ Bavuma told a press conference after the day’s play.
‘We haven’t taken any team lightly; Bangladesh’s skills were just on top today [Tuesday]. The wicket was quite slow for me and challenging to score on. The ball kept low and didn’t come onto the bat; their bowlers made it hard for us.
‘Maybe we were a bit weak mentally at times, but those things happen. Our game plans didn’t work out and it got tougher to score as the ball got older. Mustafizur’s over where he took three wickets was the turning point in the game. We weren’t able to recover from that. It was a brilliant spell by him.’
Bavuma said he pleased with his efforts with the bat. ‘It’s always nice to make a contribution to the team. It gave me confidence to know that I can play at this level.’
He acknowledged that the wicket would get even slower over the coming days, which will motivate the South African bowling attack.
‘We’ll try and keep the run-rate as low as possible and make scoring as hard as possible for them as they did for us. Patience is a big thing; we are not just going to roll them over.
‘We’ll come back fighting even harder on Wednesday.’