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Match in the balance after South Africa stage a comeback

Dale Steyn picked up three wickets in the first innings against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
Dale Steyn picked up three wickets in the first innings against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
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South Africa 248 & 61-0 (van Zyl 33 no) v
Bangladesh 326 (Mahmudullah 67)
First Test, Chittagong, day three

South Africa trailed Bangladesh by 17 runs with all 10 wickets intact when play was called off due to bad weather on day three of the first Test in Chittagong, after Bangladesh had earlier passed 300 against South Africa for the first time in Tests. 

Bangladesh resumed the day on 179 for four after 67 overs. Mushfiqur Rahim (28) looked positive early on cracking consecutive fours off Dale Steyn (3-78).

However, a few overs later Steyn had his own revenge when he trapped Mushfiqur lbw after being hit for a four. Hashim Amla reviewed the decision that was originally turned down and it was overturned by DRS.

Shakib Al Hasan (47) got going as well after a slow start with consecutive fours off Stiaan van Zyl (1-23).

Amla took the new ball two overs after it was available, but it didn’t do any tricks early on, getting soggy in the steady drizzle.

Liton Das (50), who had begun slowly, got a move on with consecutive fours off Simon Harmer (3-105) in the 90th over to take Bangladesh to 237 for five.

Shakib and Liton added 82 runs for the sixth wicket, albeit a little slowly. Das took Bangladesh into the lead in the 93rd over with a four off Steyn.

Bangladesh went to lunch at 252 for five after 94 overs having added 73 runs in 27 overs losing their skipper.

There was drizzle that delayed the post-lunch session by a few minutes.

After managing to take a lead against South Africa batting second for the first time in Tests, Bangladesh also registered their highest total against their opponent in Tests.

Shakib missed out on a half-century though, when he top edged a pull to short mid-wicket falling three runs short.

Mohammad Shahid (25) started out with a bang hitting Harmer for 18 runs in the 104th over including three fours and a six to take Bangladesh to 297 for six.

However, his 19-ball cameo came to an end when he eventually mistimed a slog off Vernon Philander (2-40) ending a quickfire 34-run partnership.

Meanwhile, Liton brought up his maiden fifty a couple of overs later but got a sharp turning off-spinner that he inside edged for Quinton de Kock to take a fine catch.

Bangladesh’s tail were wrapped up quickly with Steyn moving to 399 Test wickets as the hosts were all out for 326 in the 117th over, managing a first innings lead of 78.

South Africa began their second innings very confidently, negotiating the first nine overs without much drama going into tea at 23 for no loss.

Dean Elgar (28 not out) and van Zyl (33 not out) got a move on in the post-tea session with Elgar hitting two fours off Shakib (0-19) in the 12th over.

They brought up their fifty-run partnership in 16 overs. South Africa were 61 for no loss, trailing by just 17 runs, in the 22nd over when play was first stopped because of bad light with drizzle starting a few minutes later.

Stumps were eventually declared with no signs of the light improving leaving the match in the balance.

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