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Tamim, Mahmudullah shine on a rain-interrupted day

Mahmudullah scored a steady 67 as Bangladesh ended day two on 179 for four in the first Test against South Africa in Chittagong.
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Bangladesh 179-4 (Mahmudullah 67) v
South Africa 248 (Bavuma 54)
First Test, Chittagong, day two

Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah scored half-centuries to take Bangladesh to 179 for the loss of four wickets, 69 adrift of South Africa’s tally, when rain interrupted play on day two and made further progress impossible in the first Test in Chittagong.

Bangladesh resumed the day on seven for no loss after surviving two overs before stumps on day one.

Tamim (57) broke the shackles after some good overs, with two consecutive fours off Dale Steyn (0-46) in his third over of the day.

Both the openers, including Imrul Kayes (26) successfully negotiated Steyn and Vernon Philander’s (1-22) spells on a very slow pitch with little bounce, even for Morne Morkel (0-28), who came on as first change.

It was Stiaan van Zyl (1-13) who got the first breakthrough when Kayes fell over losing his balance trying to swing down the leg-side and was stumped in the process.

Soon after the 46-run opening stand was broken, Simon Harmer (1-59) knocked out Mominul Haque’s (6) off stump when the latter tried to cut a turning delivery that was too close.

Bangladesh were 55 for two after 22 overs at that point, but Tamim and Mahmudullah (67) added 89 for the third wicket to make sure Bangladesh get as close to the South African tally as possible.

Bangladesh went into lunch at 80 for two after 30 overs, with the session ending with a skirmish between Tamim and Quinton de Kock.

The Bangladesh duo brought up the fifty-run stand in the post lunch session in the 39th over, with the total reaching 105 for two.

Tamim brought up his maiden half-century against South Africa with a single in the 48th over off 119 balls in an innings that saw him control most deliveries and put away the loose ones.

It was Dean Elgar (1-6) who broke the steady stand with a loopy full toss that Tamim tried to sweep and missed only to lose his leg stump. Bangladesh went to 144 for three in 54 overs.

Mahmudullah brought up his fifty with a four off Steyn as Bangladesh went into tea at 153 for three after 57 overs.

Amidst heavy clouds, Mahmudullah hit two more fours off Morkel in the post-tea session, as he looked in great touch.

However, Philander trapped him LBW just a few balls before rain came down and stopped play on 178 for four after 66.5 overs.

When rain eased, there was time for just one more ball to be delivered before it interrupted the game again.

Eventually, stumps were declared with Bangladesh ending day two 69 runs short of the South African total.

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