Friday 22 February 2008 

Morkel Back With A Bang But Tigers Fight Back In Mirpur

Bangladesh 192 (Aftab Ahmed 44, Morkel 5-50, Steyn 3-27) v
South Africa 76-4 after 24 overs in Mirpur


Morne Morkel took five wickets on his return to South Africa's Test side which left Bangladesh reeling on day one of the first match in Mirpur, although the Tigers took four late wickets to keep them in the game after being bowled out for 192. South Africa closed on a precarious 76 for four.

The home side went in with the one spinner, so it was no surprise to see South Africa's pace battery dominating proceedings. Young openers Tamim Iqbal (nought) and Junaid Siddique (one) failed to make good use of a toss won by captain Mohammad Ashraful, with Dale Steyn sending them on their way.

Morkel, into the attack as first change, soon made an impact by dismissing Shahriar Nafees (25) and Habibul Bashar (11).

Ashraful counter-attacked, hitting seven fours in a breezy 34 before being caught and bowled by Johan Botha before a 60-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Aftab Ahmed frustrated the Proteas.

Ahmed returned to some form in the tour match that preceded this game and he struck a workmanlike 44 before lofting a catch to Makhaya Ntini to give Botha his second wicket of the day.

Shakib (30) and Mohammad Rafique (nought) fell with the score still on 152, Morkel finding himself on a hat-trick and he swiftly picked up his fifth wicket by bowling Mushfiqur Rahim for seven, shortly before Steyn dismissed Mashrafe Mortaza in the same manner for 29.

Shahadat then had South Africa reeling themselves at 19 for two as he trapped Neil McKenzie in front for five and had Graeme Smith bowled for ten.

Hashim Amla (25) and Jacques Kallis then added 35 for the third wicket before Amla was trapped in front by Mohammad Rafique. Rafique then ensured Bangladesh finished the day in high spirits by bowling Kallis for 17.

Ashwell Prince (nine) and Johan Botha (five) were the unbeaten batsman at the close of play.

© Cricket World 2008

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