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South Africa drag Bangladesh back after bright start

JP Duminy registered figures of 3-27 restricting Bangladesh to 246 for eight at stumps on day one of the Mirpur Test.
JP Duminy registered figures of 3-27 restricting Bangladesh to 246 for eight at stumps on day one of the Mirpur Test.
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Bangladesh 246-8 (Rahim 65) v South Africa
Second Test, Mirpur, day one

Jean-Paul Duminy picked up three crucial wickets to undo some good work done by Bangladesh as South Africa ended the first day of the second Test in Mirpur on a high, reducing the hosts from 180 for three to 246 for eight at stumps.

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first, with Dale Steyn (3-30) on the brink of 400 Test wickets. He was made to wait when Tamim Iqbal (6) was dropped by Dean Elgar (1-22) at second slip in the third over.

However, the very next over, Steyn got Tamim edging one to first slip. He became the second fastest in terms of Test matches and fastest in terms of balls to reach the mark of 400 wickets.

Bangladesh were 22 for one after 10 overs, at which point Mominul Haque (40) was hit by a stinging bouncer from Morne Morkel (1-45).

Imrul Kayes (30), playing confidently, brought up the fifty-run partnership for the second wicket, with a four in the 20th over, taking Bangladesh to 62 for one.

Bangladesh went to lunch in a really strong position, winning the first session, scoring 75 for one after 29 overs.

However, South Africa got the breakthrough very early in the post-lunch session when Duminy (3-27) came on to bowl.

Haque edged one to wicket-keeper Dane Vilas trying to play a late dab. The good work in the morning was undone when opener Kayes lost his wicket in Duminy’s next over, trapped lbw.

However, Bangladesh’s skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (65) rescued the innings from an untimely collapse adding 94 runs for the fourth wicket with Mahmudullah (35).

Mushfiqur brought up the 100 for the team in the 39th over with a couple of runs, followed by a four off Steyn.

Mushfiqur had some luck going his way as well, surviving an LBW review and then dropped on 31 off the bowling of Simon Harmer (0-76) by Vilas.

He was also lucky at one point when a delivery kissed his off-stump after beating the bat but the bail wasn’t disturbed. That was off Morkel’s bowling in an over when he hit two fours.

The next over Bangladesh crossed 150, eventually going to tea at 154 for three after 55 overs.

Mushfiqur also brought up his half-century in the 57th over, just after tea, in 79 balls. Just when Bangladesh really looked to press home their advantage, it was Steyn who provided the breakthrough again.

It was a soft dismissal, Mahmudullah flicking an innocuous delivery to short mid-wicket as Bangladesh went from 180 for three to 220 for six in 15 overs.

Shakib Al Hasan (35) and Mushfiqur were beginning to steady Bangladesh after the fourth wicket, but for once Mushfiqur’s luck deserted him.

He was given out caught behind off the bowling of Elgar and although he reviewed, there was not enough evidence to overturn the umpire’s call and Vilas had his second catch of the day.

There was doubt over the dismissal but the Bangladesh skipper had to walk back.

A couple of overs later, the man with the golden arm, Duminy, picked up his third wicket, with Litton Das (3) playing a premeditated sweep shot and getting a leading edge to Elgar at short mid-wicket.

South Africa didn’t take the new ball when it was available with Steyn and Duminy operating together and they were rewarded when Morkel struck a big blow late in the day in the 88th over with the old ball. He got one to move from leg to off and get an edge from Shakib which was taken well at gully by Elgar.

In the next over, Steyn picked up another wicket, cleaning Mohammad Shahid (1) up with a length ball.

Stumps were called with Bangladesh ending the day on 246 for eight in 88.1 overs. Duminy, along with Steyn, was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa.

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