Saturday 23 February 2008 

Shahadat Hossain & Junaid Siddique Put Tigers On Top

Bangladesh 192 (Morkel 5-50) & 125-4 (Junaid Siddique 64no) v
South Africa 170 (De Villiers 46, Shahadat Hossain 6-27)

First match of two

Career-best figures of six for 27 from Shahadat Hossain and an unbeaten half-century from opener Junaid Siddique ensured Bangladesh closed day two of the opening Test against South Africa in Mirpur in charge of proceedings.

Shahadat's superb bowling performance gave his side a first innings lead with the Proteas bowled out for 170 before Junaid's unbeaten 64 helped Bangladesh recover from three early wickets to close on 125 for four, a lead of 147.

Resuming on a precarious 76 for four, the Proteas quickly lost the wicket of Ashwell Prince, run out by Shahriar Nafees for ten.

AB De Villiers (45) and Johan Botha (25) helped the score past 100 but once Mohammad Ashraful had De Villiers caught and bowled, it was over to Shahadat, who promptly took the next four wickets with South Africa all out in 60.3 overs.

Botha and Mark Boucher (11) were trapped in front, Morne Morkel was caught behind for one and Dale Steyn was the last man to fall, bowled for seven.

Shahadat's return has only been bettered by spinner Enamul Haque junior, who took seven for 95 against Zimbabwe in 2002/3.

Mohammad Rafique took two for 55 with Ashraful picking up one for nine from his one over.

Steyn then took the wickets of Tamim Iqbal (two), Nafees (16) and Habibul Bashar (two) to leave Bangladesh reeling before Siddique added 56 with Mohammad Ashraful (24) and 40 with Aftab Ahmed (13 not out) to frustrate the South Africans.

His 158-ball vigil included five fours.

© Cricket World 2008