File image of South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis. It pits a traditionally strong side the much awaited South Africa vs Bangladesh is touted as the emerging one that can prove its worth in this period of the game.
It was originally India who were expected to be the opponents for the traditional Boxing Day Test but the BCCI's addition of a last-minute series with Sri Lanka has delayed India's arrival in South Africa to December 28.
The Proteas claimed a 333-run victory after Bangladesh lost seven wickets for 41 runs in shy of an hour-and-a-half, with the victors bowling them out for 90 after the visitors were set 424 to win.
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"We want another dominant performance". Although they will be asked questions about the home line-up, which has battled for consistency in the a year ago, it is can be seen as worth match.
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Despite going in with an nearly second-string bowling attack, South Africa enter the second and final Test as clear favourites after the crushing 333-run win in the series opener, and Bangladesh have suffered another blow, losing opener Tamim Iqbal due to a thigh injury.
"Following the first Test match Tamim underwent an ultrasound scan which demonstrated a grade 1 hip muscle strain", Chandramohan said in a statement. However, the bowler closest to de Lange in physique and style is Morne Morkel, who has been ruled out with injury.
Andile Phehlukwayo has played one Test and Dane Paterson, if he plays, in their debut match. Wayne Parnell replaced him. Bangladesh's seamers could not find a breakthrough or even maintain a disciplined line and length after their captain Mushfiqur Rahim had opted to bowl. "It is a major setback to not have your two best players".
South Africa were 126 for no wicket at lunch with Elgar on 72 not out and his opening partner Aiden Markram on 54.