Fine half-centuries by captain Dean Elgar (70), Keegan Petersen (64) and Temba Bavuma (67) helped South Africa attain 278/5 at stumps in opposition to Bangladesh on the opening day of the second and ultimate Test right here on Friday.

Bowelers Taijul Islam (3/77) and Khaled Ahmed (2/59) picked fast wickets in direction of the top of the day, making certain that vacationers have one thing to work with going into the second day. Kyle Verreynne (10) and Wiaan Mulder (0) have been unbeaten on the crease for South Africa on the finish of Day 1.

Earlier, South African skipper Dean Elgar received the toss and opted to bat first and it was an nearly similar begin for the South African openers to that of the Durban Test, as runs got here thick and quick within the opening session, with Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee dominating the Bangladeshi bowlers from the beginning.

In absence of their common seamers Taskin and Shoriful, Bangladesh’s tempo assault lacked expertise and so they as soon as once more struggled to choose up wickets at the beginning. Skipper Mominul Haque deployed spinners straightaway and rotated his bowlers repeatedly within the opening session, however Elgar and Erwee have been nearly untroubled from the beginning, besides when Erwee received hit on the pads by Kahled within the third over of the day. Erwee was fortunate to be given not out and, had Bangladesh reviewed the choice, he would have walked again to the pavilion.


The batters continued their good kind and introduced up their 50-run opening partnership, however the first South African wicket fell when Erwee perished to an outside-off supply from Khaled. The opener, who had safely sailed by the new-ball spell, had scored 24 off 40 deliveries, however wasted one other begin as he tried to drive a full and extensive supply solely to edge it to the wicketkeeper.

But on the different finish Elgar’s consistency with the bat continued. After enjoying knocks of 67 and 64 within the opening Test, he adopted it up with one other half-century. Elgar introduced up his twenty second Test 50 within the twenty second over and later continued to pound the pacers. His new batting companion Keegan Petersen regarded steady from the beginning as South Africa went in for lunch at 107/1.

Elgar might solely add 11 runs to his rating post-lunch as he walked again to the pavilion on 70 after shedding his wicket to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. Elgar edged a barely faster supply off Taijul to the wicketkeeper and walked again in despair, failing as soon as once more to transform his begin right into a three-figure rating.

Petersen shifted gears within the second session and instantly began amassing runs, smashing Ebadot for a hat-trick of boundaries and mentioning his half-century in 74 deliveries. Runs had began to movement for South Africa, however a 28-minute rain break allowed the guests to regroup. And disciplined bowling from Bangladesh after the resumption paid off when Taijul struck, with Petersen’s wicket decreasing South Africa to 184/3, an ICC report mentioned.

Petersen’s 64 got here off 124 balls earlier than he was trapped in entrance as he superior down the wicket. The umpire initially turned down the attraction because it taking place leg, however DRS confirmed that the ball would go on to hit the leg stump.

Bavuma and new batter Ryan Rickleton made certain South Africa didn’t lose any extra wickets as they went for tea at 199/3. To proceed the momentum at the beginning of the ultimate session, Bangladesh continued with their spinners.

However, Bavuma and Rickleton stood agency and survived the tough first half-hour.Bavuma quickly introduced up his nineteenth Test half-century with a boundary, and the 2 batters accomplished their 50-runs partnership shortly after, placing South Africa in a robust place.

But Bangladesh wrested again some management proper on the finish of the opening day. First Taijul had Rickelton caught off the glove for 42, after which Khaled struck with the essential wicket of Bavuma, sending him again for 67. The two late strikes noticed South Africa shut on 278/5, a robust first-day effort however not the dominant place that had transferring into when Rickelton and Bavuma have been in full movement.

Brief scores: South Africa 278/5 (Dean Elgar 70, Keegan Petersen 64, Temba Bavuma 67, Ryan Rickelton 42; Khaled Ahmed 2-59, Taijul Islam 3-77) vs Bangladesh

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