South Africa amass 428 on day one after Elgar, Markram centuries

Dean Elgar scored his second consecutive century in the series
Dean Elgar scored his second consecutive century in the series
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South Africa 428-3 (Markram 143) v Bangladesh
Second Test, Bloemfontein, day one

Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram slammed centuries while Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis followed it with fluent knocks as well to help South Africa post 428 for three at stumps on day one of the second Test against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein.

For the second time in the series, Bangladesh decided to bowl first on winning the toss. Even though the decision was quite not a bad one but the bowlers found it tough to find the right length.

Elgar (113) struck five boundaries in the first six overs as he capitalised on some sloppy Bangladesh bowling. The 50-run opening partnership came off just 77 deliveries and soon Elgar reached his ninth Test half-century.

As the lunch was approaching, Markram stepped up the ante with four more boundaries to reach his second fifty as the Proteas ended the session with a score of 126 for naught in 29 overs.

The runs came thick and fast for the home team after the restart as the openers amassed 36 runs in the first six overs. With back to back boundaries in the 41st over, Elgar reached yet another Test century.

Markram repeated the same three overs later to bring up his maiden Test ton as things were looking ominous for Bangladesh with Proteas reaching 211 for naught in 44 overs.

The 243 run opening stand finally ended when Subashis Roy (2-85) had Elgar caught at long leg and South Africa went into tea with a score of 256 for one.

Even though Bangladesh made a brief comeback with wickets of Markram and Temba Bavuma (7) at the start of the final session, Hashim Amla (89 not out) and Faf du Plessis (62 not out) added an unbeaten 140 run stand off just 172 deliveries to take the score to 428 for three.

Amla's knock came at a strike-rate close to 90 and had 12 boundaries in it while du Plessis was equally good with his unbeaten 92 ball knock as South Africa are on their way to another massive first innings total.

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