South Africa powers on to 411-1 against Bangladesh

Dean Elgar became the 10th batsman to be dismissed on 199
Dean Elgar became the 10th batsman to be dismissed on 199

30 September, 2017

It was Maharaj who eventually gained reward - Elgar thankfully not involved - when Mushfiqur pushed hard at the ball, and it clipped off the inside edge to Aiden Markram at short-leg. Elgar ended the day unbeaten on 128.

While Elgar's runs were welcome, on a pitch where only six wickets have fallen on the opening two days it was the dropped catches that were the biggest events. They tackled a dicey last 8.5 overs with few nervous moments, before Tamim finished off the day by running out to Maharaj and lofting him for six over long-on.

After cameos from Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis bulked up the total, the hosts declared.

Bangladesh was 127-3 in its first innings.

Markram has been called up to partner Dean Elgar and will make his debut today in the first test against Bangladesh at Senwes Park. "Hopefully the pitch will be best for batting from the second day".

Elgar soon stepped up the scoring rate and even completed his half-century as South Africa went on to reach 99 for naught at the end of the first session.

With Tamim having spent large parts of the session out of the field, Bangladesh were forced to push Liton Das up the order despite him having kept wicket for 146 overs.

Hashim Amla fell after a big stand with Dean Elgar
Hashim Amla fell after a big stand with Dean Elgar

Elgar has joined the likes of KL Rahul, Mohammad Azahruddin, Ian Bell, Steven Smith Younis Khan, Steve Waugh Sanath Jayasuriya, Matthew Elliot and Mudassar Nazar.

He struggled there in England too, and missed two chances on Friday - first dropping a relatively simple chance when Maharaj found the outside edge of Mushfiqur Rahim's bat, and in the left-arm spinner's next over, he was too slow to react when the Bangladesh captain again edged one that spun fractionally away from him.

Before that, however, Amla had picked up his 27th Test century in an exhibition of fluency. But it was a mixture of luck and good planning that gave Shafiul Islam the prized wicket, which also happened to be the 70,000 th Test wicket for those who care, as Amla leaden-footedly slashed at a wide delivery to Mehedi Hasan Miraz at a close backward point.

Du Plessis said at the toss he was "very surprised" by Rahim's decision. It produced a wicket when the left-handed opener, looking for the release just one short of his maiden double-ton, top-edged a pull off Mustafizur Rahman in the 131st over with the score on 445.

Elgar was unable to match his quality with the bat in the field as he put down Mushfiqur on six and 15, the second going for a boundary after glancing off wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock's glove.

The 22-year-old Markram appeared to be heading for a dream start to his test career before being dismissed on 97 when he was caught out of his crease, backing up too quickly as he attempted to help opening partner Elgar to his century. It will be interesting to see where it lands today.

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