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South Africa v Bangladesh 2017: 2nd Test – Statistical Preview

Here we look at all the key stats and numbers ahead of the 2nd Test match.

South African Team
South African Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh will need to put a lot of effort to come back strongly in the 2nd Test after the way they surrendered in front of South Africa in the 1st Test match even after winning the toss. It won’t be an easy outing for the visitors at Bloemfontein where they might be up for a juicy track in the absence of two of their star players.

Here we look at all the key stats and numbers ahead of the 2nd Test match.

1 – Number of Test matches Bangladesh have played without both Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan in the playing XI since 2008. The Bloemfontein Test will be the 2nd for them since 2008 as Shakib opted out of the series while Tamim has been ruled out for the game due to an injury.

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4 – Number of Tests South Africa have played at Bloemfontein so far. The home team won all the four Test matches. The last time they played at this venue was in 2008 also against Bangladesh.

12 – Number of Test matches Keshav Maharaj needed to complete 50 Test wickets which is the 3rd fewest for a South African to reach 50 Test wickets since their readmission to cricket in 1992. Vernon Philander (7) and Allan Donald (11) took fewer Tests while Fanie de Villiers also needed 12. Among spinners, Paul Adams was the previous fastest to 50 wickets taking 16 Tests.

27 – Number of centuries Hashim Amla has scored in Test cricket so far. Only Jacques Kallis has more Test hundreds for South Africa. With his hundred in the first Test, Amla equalled Graeme Smith’s 27 Test hundreds for SA.

92 – Wickets Kagiso Rabada has picked up in the 21 Test matches he has played so far. He needs eight more wickets to complete 100 wickets in the Test cricket. If Rabada completes the milestone in his next Test, he will be the 3rd quickest South African after Vernon Philander (19) and Dale Steyn (20) to reach 100 wickets.

247 – Runs Mehidy Hasan Miraz has conceded in the previous game without taking wicket are the 3rd most runs conceded by any player in a Test match without any success.

359.4 – Mehidy Hasan has bowled 359.4 overs in Test cricket in 2017 which are the 2nd most by a Bangladesh bowler in a calendar year. Mohammad Rafique delivered 380.1 overs in the Test format in 2004.

2003 – The Potchefstroom Test was the first for Bangladesh since 2004 without a specialist left-arm spinner in their playing XI. The last such instance for them was against Australia in 2003 at Cairns.

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