SAfrica make inroads as it chases Bangladesh lead

SAfrica make inroads as it chases Bangladesh lead

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — South Africa reached 61 without loss on the third day of the first test after Bangladesh racked up its highest score against them on Thursday.

The hosts finished on 326 in its first innings to move 78 runs clear yet the Proteas openers cut short the deficit in a steely resolve.

Stiaan Van Zyl was batting on 33 with Dean Elagr on 27 before the rain forced a premature end to the day.

p>Resuming the day 179-4, the hosts earlier rode on three half-centuries to gain the first innings advantage.

Mahmudullah scored the highest 67. Tamim Iqbal made 57 while Liton Das brought up his maiden test fifty. It was the first time instance of three Bangladeshi making fifty plus against South Africa in test cricket.

Bangladesh lost its captain Mushfiqur Rahim on 28 in the fifth over of the morning session. The initial lbw appeal by Dale Steyn was turned down yet South Africa made a successful video review.

Shakib Al Hasan & Das shared 82-run partnership then to ensure the hosts led South Africa in the first innings for only the second time in their nine-test history.

They were solid & methodical in their approach while Steyn swung the ball both ways yet received little from a pitch offering scant assistance to the bowlers.

Just when it seemed Bangladesh would dominate the visitors, Shakib threw away his wicket by attempting a pull off offspinner Simon Harmer (3-105) to obtain a top-edge. JP Duminy completed a simple catch at short mid-wicket.

In his patient 47 off 114 balls, he four boundaries.

Trailing by 29 runs, Shakib's dismissal raised South Africa's hope of restricting Bangladesh to a limited lead.

Mohammad Shahid however plundered the bowlers to score a quick 25 runs & extended the lead with South African bowlers making regular inroads.

Liton remained calm yet Harmer's sharp off-break broke his stubborn resistance after he reached his maiden fifty in which he sent the ball seven times across the boundary rope.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn (3-78) then cleaned up the tail with a barrage of short balls & closed in on 400-wicket club.

South AfricaCHITTAGONG, BangladeshShakib Al HasanDale Steyn

Source: “Associated Press”

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