It was an incident that was reminiscent of Mushfiqur Rahum being stretchered off against New Zealand in Wellington in January. (Image courtesy: AFP)
It was an incident that was reminiscent of Mushfiqur Rahum being stretchered off against New Zealand in Wellington in January. (Image courtesy: AFP)

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was left with literal and figurative headaches. He took a sickening blow on his batting helmet, in the region of his left temple, early in an innings of 26. He crumpled to the ground and needed prolonged treatment on the field before resuming his innings. ALSO READ: India, Australia will be tougher opponents than Bangladesh, says du Plessis

“I felt pain a lot,” he said of an incident that was reminiscent of him being stretchered off against New Zealand in Wellington in January. But unlike Wellington he resumed his innings.

“I took medication and I tried to be there for my team,” he said. “After I had a chat with our physio in the middle, I told him I will go off if I can’t bat after 10 or 15 minutes. I wasn’t 100 per cent but I tried my level best to survive till lunch.”

Dismissed on the stroke of lunch 50 minutes later he was taken to hospital but returned to the ground for the after-match ceremonies after getting a medical all-clear. “I am okay at the moment. If I feel bad again, I can go back to the hospital,” he said.

A longer-lasting headache may be the dismal performance of his team and his own lacklustre captaincy. In both Tests he sent South Africa in to bat in good batting conditions and then seemed powerless to alter the course of events as the home side piled on the runs.

But Mushfiqur indicated he did not intend to give up the captaincy. “It is up to the board,” he said. “They gave me the honour and opportunity. They gave me the respect to lead the side. I tried my level best with honesty. If they are not satisfied they will take their decision.”

Rabada and Duanne Olivier were aggressive from the start of play, when Bangladesh resumed on seven for no wicket. They sent down numerous short-pitched deliveries and three batsmen were struck on their batting helmets, including Rahim.

Mominul Haque was hit by a bouncer from Rabada two balls before hooking the same bowler to be caught at deep square leg, while Mahmudullah was hit by Olivier before he had scored. He went on to make top score of 43.

Rabada, 22, who had match figures of ten for 63, became the youngest of 16 South Africans to take 100 Test wickets. He was playing in his 22nd Test. Only Vernon Philander (19) and Dale Steyn (20) of his compatriots have achieved the feat in fewer matches.

It was his third 10-wicket haul in Tests. He took his tally of Test wickets in 2017 to 54, the most by any bowler this year.