Simon Harmer strikes late as SA take control

South Africa’s lower-order added useful runs before Simon Harmer dismissed Shadman Islam at the stroke of Tea to help the hosts edge ahead in the Durban Test versus Bangladesh. The visitors were 25 for 1, in reply to South Africa’s 367.

The opening pair of Hasan Joy and Shadman Islam had waded through the opening spells of Duanne Olivier and Lizaad Williams. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, Harmer struck in the last over before the break when he cleaned up Shadman with a quicker one, with the opener playing back. Incidentally, this is Harmer’s first Test since 2015.

Harmer (38*) also had a role to play in South Africa posting a competitive total on the board. The hosts began the second session on a positive note with Harmer collecting a couple of boundaries off Mominul Haque’s medium pace. However, South Africa soon lost their ninth wicket when Williams edged Khaled to the gully fielder. Oliver, who joined forces with Harmer, then decided to take on Ebadot’s short ball by thwacking the seamer for a four and a six. Harmer followed it up by playing across the line to smash Mehidy Hasan into the stands. Ultimately, Mehidy prised Olivier out to bring to an end South Africa’s innings. Meanwhile, Khaled finished with a four-for.

Earlier, Temba Bavuma fell seven short of his second Test hundred. South Africa started on a confident note against the second new ball, with Bavuma glancing one off Khaled through fine leg. However, Khaled trapped Bavuma’s batting partner – Kyle Verreynne – in front with the wicketkeeper-batter getting stuck in the crease. The very next ball, the pace bowler removed Wiaan Mulder, with the all-rounder edging one to the fielder stationed at gully.

Bangladesh also reviewed for an LBW decision against Bavuma but the ball-tracker showed it to be clipping the top of leg-stump and the on-field decision stayed. Slowly but steadily, Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj began to add crucial runs. Bavuma, however, could have been dismissed in the 92nd over when Ebadot forced him to edge one to Yasir Ali at second slip but the chance was put down.

Eventually, Mehidy cleaned up Bavuma, with the experienced batter not being able to essay the cut shot. Ebadot followed it up by snuffing out Maharaj, with the lower order batter castled by a nip-backer.

Brief Scores: South Africa 367 (Temba Bavuma 93; Khaled Ahmed 3-80) lead Bangladesh 25/1 (Simon Harmer 1-1) by 342 runs

Updated: April 2, 2022 — 3:55 pm

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