South Africa Made To Work By Bangladesh
Bangladesh 250 (Zunaed Siddique 67, Mushfiqur Rahim 65, Ntini 4-32) v
Second Castle Test, Centurion Park, day one: final session
Half-centuries from Zunaed Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim ensured that South Africa did not have things all their own way as they were bowled out for 250 on day one of the second and final Test at Centurion Park in Pretoria.
South Africa closed on 20 for one having lost Neil McKenzie and were perhaps fortunate not to lose another wicket before the close of play.
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first but South Africa had a wicket in the 15th over when Imrul Kayes was caught by Graeme Smith at slip off of Makhaya Ntini for six.
Tamim Iqbal (31) and Siddique began the recovery process before Tamim's innings, which included five fours, was ended when he was caught by wicket-keeper Mark Boucher off of Morne Morkel.
Morkel struck again just before lunch to have captain Mohammad Ashraful caught and bowled for one and it could have been worse as Siddique was dropped by Boucher in the over before lunch.
Morkel ended a 51-run stand between Roqibul Hasan (15) and Siddique by having the debutant caught by Smith and then dismissed Shakib Al Hasan, who was bowled via an inside edge for 30. Shakib was not hanging around, scoring six fours as his stay at the crease lasted just 27 balls.
Siddique fell to an outstanding catch in the gully by Neil McKenzie off of Ntini, who had to leave the field with cramp shortly after dropping Rahim late on.
Rahim took advantage of that drop, and another one behind the stumps by Boucher to reach his third Test half-century. He again reinforced the view that he should be batting higher up the order with some attractive strokes and two sixes off the quick bowlers.
Mashrafe Mortaza (12) and Shahadat Hossain (4) offered little support before Mahbubul Alam dug in, scoring one run from 28 balls as Rahim attacked at the other end as the pair put on 56 for the last wicket, their resistance ending when Rahim was caught in the deep by AB de Villiers off of Monde Zondeki.
Ntini (4-32) and Morkel (4-73) both missed out on a five-wicket haul with Morkel bowling some 12 no balls to further inflate Bangladesh's score.
Mortaza struck quickly when South Africa came out to bat to have McKenzie caught at the third attempt by Roqibul behind square before the right-hander had scored.
Hashim Amla survived a huge appeal for a catch behind down the leg-side to close unbeaten on five, alongside Smith on 15.
The tourists handed a Test debut to batsman Roqibul Hasan with Naeem Islam missing out while South Africa, who lead the series 1-0, replaced spinner Paul Harris with pace bowler Monde Zondeki.
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