Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam replied to his omission by the team management with his superlative bowling spell that guided him to reach the 150 wicket milestone after the southpaw ended with his 10th five-wicket-haul in the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The 30-year-old scalped 6-135 that played a key role in deposing the hosts for 453 in their first innings.
Among the other four, Khaled Ahmed took 3 while Mehidy Hasan Miraz concluded with one wicket.
Prior to this feat in South Africa, he earned two five-wicket-hauls overseas at Kingstown and Pallekele back in 2014 and 2021 against their West Indies and Sri Lankan counterparts, respectively.
Taijul, who ended with best blowing for the Tigers for 3-77 after the day-1 play, struck first, dismissing the Protea skipper Dean Elgar for 70, was South Africa’s highest score in a total of 278 for five.
He also dismissed another set batter when Keegan Petersen was trapped leg before on review for 64. Once again, the left-hander sent down 32 overs – 24 in one spell – and removed Ryan Rickelton for 42 to grab three wickets on day one.
On one day-2, he started enriching his account, rattling the stumps of Wiaan Mulder for 33 that shortened the hosts to 380-7 before the Tea of the day.
Keshav Maharaj, who scored his fourth Test fifty, followed the footsteps of Mulder for 84 0ff 95 an over later from a tricky delivery of the left-arm spinner that helped him reach the doorway of 10th five-wicket haul in the red-ball cricket.
He bagged his fourth six-wicket after having Simon Harmed caught behind the stumps by Liton Das for 29.
It is speculated in the country’s cricket fraternity that if he wouldn’t omit in the first match against the hosts would have marked the feat a bit earlier.