Saturday 1 March 2008 

Bangladesh Lose Early Wickets After Proteas Hit 583

South Africa 583-7 declared (Smith 232, McKenzie 226) v
Bangladesh 60-3 (Steyn 3-24) in Chittagong

South Africa lead the series 1-0

Faced with scoring 384 runs to make South Africa bat again in the second Test in Chittagong, Bangladesh lost three early wickets, all to Dale Steyn as they closed day two on 60 for three, still some 523 runs adrift.

Having bowled for the whole of the first day without success, it took Bangladesh just 4.3 overs to pick up the wicket of Graeme Smith, but not before he and Neil McKenzie had established a new world record opening partnership of 415.

South Africa went on to declare at 583 for seven before swiftly taking the wicket of Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal for 14. The difference between the opening partnerships of the two sides: 376.

There was worse to follow as Junaid Siddique (18) became Steyn's second victim as he gave Mark Boucher a catch behind to leave the Tigers struggling at 49 for two and that soon became 50 for three when captain Mohammad Ashraful departed in the same manner first ball.

Shahriar Nafees (seven) and night-watchman Abdur Razzak (eight) were the not out batsmen.

Smith (232) and McKenzie (226) looked to continue where they had left off on day one before Smith was bowled by Razzak, but McKenzie then passed his double century, before he was bowled by Shahadat Hossain having added 99 with Hashim Amla.

From 514 for one, South Africa collapsed, so to speak, to 524 for five, with Amla (38), Ashwell Prince (two), and AB De Villiers (one) all failing to make a score.

Jacques Kallis and Boucher then stood firm, taking their side to 570 for five at tea before two more wickets fell, bringing about the declaration at 583 for seven. Jacques Kallis remained unbeaten on 39 from 120 balls.

Shahadat Hossain enhanced his reputation with three for 107 on the most batsman-friendly of pitches while Mohammad Rafique took his 100th wicket in Tests when he had Robin Peterson, the last batsman to fall, caught by Junaid Siddique for four.

The veteran left-armer, in his final Test, had also earlier removed Boucher (21), caught by Shakib Al Hasan.

South Africa lead the series 1-0 and closed day one on 405 without loss.

� Cricket World 2008

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