Twitter Reactions: Simon Harmer’s all-round show tightens South Africa’s grip over Durban Test
Bangaldesh are still trailing by 269 runs and with six wickets in hand, their job won’t be easy.
Updated - Apr 1, 2022 9:55 pm
Although Bangladesh have been competitive, South Africa have tightened their grip over the ongoing first at the Kingsmead in Durban. The visitors were 98/4 at stumps on Day 2, in reply to South Africa’s first-innings score of 367. Veteran off-spinner Simon Harmer, who’s playing his first Test since 2015, made the ball talk as all four fallen wickets went to his credit.
Bangaldesh are still trailing by 269 runs and with six wickets in hand, their job won’t be easy. Earlier in the day, South Africa resumed at their overnight score of 233/4 with Temba Bavuma and Kyle Verreynne being the two unbeaten batters in the middle. While Verreynne could only add one run in the day and was dismissed for 28, Bavuma continued the good work and looked set to touch the three-figure mark.
Simon Harmer scored handy runs before delivering terrific spell
However, he fell prey to Mehidy Hasan at a personal score of 93. Fortunately for the home team, the tailenders came in handy as South Africa posted 367. Harmer, before delivering that brilliant spell, also scored 38 runs with the bat. Khaled Ahmed was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, scalping four wickets. At the same time, Mehidy Hasan dismissed three batters.
In reply, Bangladesh were jolted with an early blow with Shadman Islam Joy getting dismissed for just nine runs. Nonetheless, Mahmudul Hasan joined forces with Najmul Hossain Shanto and the duo steadied the ship with a 45-run stand for the second wicket. Just when things looked well balanced, Harmer unleashed his brilliance and broke the backbone of Bangladesh’s batting order.
The visiting team batters had a hard time tackling the 33-year-old in the fag end of the day and took three wickets inside 18 runs. At stumps, the Mominul Haque-led side was 98/4 and they’ll have some job to do on Day 3. On the other hand, the Proteas side must not get complacent as Bangladesh have shown that they can turn things around.
Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitter reacted to the day’s proceedings:
Like he's never been away 👏
Playing his first Test for South Africa since 2015, Simon Harmer has claimed the first four Bangladesh wickets to fall.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 1, 2022
A great day for South Africa 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) April 1, 2022
Simon Harmer once again proving why he is the best spinner in the world
— Jimmy Ciego (@Ciegocricket) April 1, 2022
Wonder where all those Kolpak haters now are now….. Simon Harmer just showing why he is the best red ball spinner in the country! #sscricket
— Lawrence Bailey ⚪ 🇿🇦 (@LawrenceBailey0) April 1, 2022
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) April 1, 2022
Most Tests missed between appearances for South Africa:
55 Simon Harmer 2015-2022
47 Justin Kemp 2001-2005
44 Jacques Rudolph 2006-2011
43 Clive Eksteen 1995-2000
42 Robin Peterson 2008-2012
— Andrew Samson (@AWSStats) March 31, 2022
SIMON HARMER IS SO GOOD!!!!!!!
— Melan (@DravidMelan) April 1, 2022
Essex's Simon Harmer has his first Test wicket for seven years #SAvBan
— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) April 1, 2022
Shock Simon Harmer is into the wickets straight away 😪
— Ollie (@cricollie) April 1, 2022
Simon Harmer for Essex as a Kolpak player since 2017 :
Today Harmer in his intl. comeback vs BAN so far 4 wkts fr 42 runs……! pic.twitter.com/EXWh96WhGy
— Akram Khan (@AkramK2108) April 1, 2022