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Despite conceding a crushing 220-run defeat against South Africa in the first Test touring, Bangladesh is keen to turn the table in the second Test against the host starting on April 8 at Port Elizabeth.

Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque vowed that they are eyeing to make a strong comeback in the second and series decider of the two Tests against the Proteas to be held from April 8 to 12 at Port Elizabeth.

In this connection, the superlative batting show of his fellow opener Mahmudul Hasn who hit his phenomenal maiden ton [137], alongside the steady batting, bowling from Liton Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mehediy Hasan Miraz, and Ebadot Hossain, has been yielding him the ultimate belief.

‘Joy [Mahmudul Hasan] played such a fine 137 innings, Liton Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mehidy Hasan Miraz also batted well furthermore bowlers also left their superlative shows.’

‘We have a lot of positives that give us the hope to bounce back in the second Test.’

‘We just couldn’t play well on the last day. I think we will come back strongly in the second game.’

The Tigers, aiming to breeze past 274 in the fourth innings, were bundled out for 53 runs, their second-lowest in the history of red-ball cricket.

Mominul took all the blame upon him as the side couldn’t leave their best thanks to his leadership.

‘As a captain, I had much responsibility that I failed to fulfill in both innings. I think I was responsible as I couldn’t lead the team from upfront.’

‘If I could carry on the responsibilities in both innings, the game scenario might have been different.

‘We didn’t look for the result; we just tried to play the last session. Unfortunately, we lost three wickets.’

At one point, the presser held following the match on Monday at Durban claimed that ICC should bring back the neutral umpiring in the bilateral series to avoid partial umpiring that gave South Africa ample added advantage being the home side to a great extent.

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‘Umpiring is not within my reach. However, I think ICC should work in this particular area to bring back the neutral umpiring that existed before the Covid-19 as the pandemic is almost over.’

He additionally alleged that the way South African players were sledding at them during the Durban Test was severely intolerable; however, the on-field umpires ignored them wholeheartedly.

‘See, sledding is common in a cricket match, but it is offensive when it becomes intolerable.’

Bangladesh made several appeals on multiple occasions during South Africa’s second innings, more precisely in the first two sessions of the day-4 play.

They asked for a review when Dean Elgar was given not out on the field by umpire Marais Erasmus.

Again in the 19th over of the innings, Bangladesh successfully overturned Adrian Holdstock’s not-out decision for an lbw against Sarel Erwee.

Subsequently, In the 26th over, Khaled Ahmed was denied an lbw decision against Keegan Petersen.

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