Mahmudul's maiden ton restricts South Africa's lead

Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s maiden Test ton ensured that South Africa did not end up with a big lead despite the hosts starting Day 2 in a good position to do so. Mahmudul, who became the first Bangladesh batter to score a Test hundred against South Africa, showcased good application during his 326-ball outing for 137, which helped Bangladesh finish with 298. Simon Harmer picked up four wickets while debutant Lizaad Williams bagged three.

South Africa, who picked up a 69-run first-innings lead, were 6/0 at Stumps. There were 17 overs still remaining in the day’s play but bad light and rain led to an early close, with the hosts pushing the lead to 75.

Bangladesh started the day at 98 for 4 and it soon became 101 for 5 when night-watchman Taskin Ahmed became Williams’ maiden Test wicket early in the first session. A partnership of 82 runs between Mahmudul and Liton Das ensued, which frustrated the South African bowlers. The sixth wicket pair batted for close to 30 overs, seeing off the pace bowlers before taking on the spinners. Harmer and Keshav Maharaj found some assistance but Mahmudul and Liton counter-attacked well, not allowing the slow bowlers to settle down.

South Africa broke the partnership in the first over of the second session as Liton was late to get his bat down and was bowled by Williams for 41. But Mahmudul batted well with the tail to keep South Africa at bay. Only 74 runs came in the second session off 28 overs, but a useful 33-run association between Mahmudul and Yasir Ali reduced the deficit. Yasir was run out for 22 but South Africa weren’t able to restrict the lower order as Mehidy Hasan was involved in a 51-run stand with Mahmudul on either side of the Tea break, with the eighth wicket partnership lasting for 144 deliveries.

When Wiaan Mulder ended the partnership, Mahmudul quickly cut loose, scoring a six and a four off Harmer before striking four fours off Mulder. However, he could not get to 150, becoming the last to depart when he tried to force a Williams delivery through the off side soon after Khaled Ahmed was dismissed by a duck by Duanne Olivier.

Brief scores: South Africa 367 & 6/0 lead Bangladesh 298 (Mahmudul Hasan Joy 137, Liton Das 41; Simon Harmer 4-103) by 75 runs

Updated: April 3, 2022 — 10:31 am

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