Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma hit half-centuries to offer South Africa a slight edge on the primary day of the primary Test in opposition to Bangladesh at Kingsmead on Thursday.

South Africa had been 233 for 4 when dangerous gentle stopped play after being despatched in to bat.

South African captain Elgar made 67 in a gap partnership of 113 with fellow left-hander Sarel Erwee (41) however Bangladesh fought again earlier than Bavuma and Kyle Verreynne steadied the innings with an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 53.

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Bavuma, enjoying in his fiftieth Test, made 53 not out and Verreynne was unbeaten on 27. It was Bavuma’s 18th half-century. He has hit a single century.

The Bangladesh bowlers didn’t reap the benefits of a well-grassed pitch firstly of the match, bowling too many free deliveries as South Africa scored 60 runs with out loss in 13 overs within the first hour.

But the vacationers got here again strongly, taking three wickets between lunch and tea and maintaining the run fee down.


Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan performed a key position for Bangladesh, bowling 26 overs within the day and taking one for 57. He bowled 22 overs in his first spell, which enabled captain Mominul Haque to rotate his quick bowlers in brief spells.

Mehidy’s excellent contribution of the day, nevertheless, was a sensational run-out.

Fielding at backward level he sped throughout the bottom to make a diving cease when Bavuma drove into the covers. He picked the ball up cleanly and threw down the stumps from a kneeling place to dismiss Keegan Petersen, who had seemed in good kind in making 19.

An easy-paced pitch supplied minimal assist to the bowlers and Elgar was the one sufferer of a ball which behaved unpredictably, gloving a catch to wicketkeeper Liton Das off a Khaled Ahmed supply which lifted sharply off a great size.

South Africa, lacking 5 gamers who selected to play within the Indian Premier League, fielded two new caps in left-handed batsman Ryan Rickelton and quick bowler Lizaad Williams.

Rickelton seemed stable in making 21 earlier than enjoying an ill-judged pull shot in opposition to Ebadot Hossain and spooning a catch to mid-on.

Bangladesh had been with out opening batsman Tamim Iqbal due to sickness.

The begin was delayed by 35 minutes after sightscreen malfunctions at each ends, with floor employees struggling to cowl each screens with white fabric.

The umpires determined to maneuver again the enjoying occasions by half an hour however it was not potential to finish a full day’s play at South Africa’s most easterly Test floor the place dangerous gentle is commonly an issue.

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