Bangladesh bowlers put a lid on the steady run flow and dismantled South Africa’s top-order in the process in what proved to be a fruitful second session for them after the morning toil in Durban. South Africa went to Tea break on 165 for 3, with debutant Ryan Rickelton keeping Temba Bavuma company in the middle.
Going by how the morning session went, it looked unlikely Bangladesh bowlers would find avenues for breakthrough. Their bowling in the morning after Mominul Haque won the toss, was largely uninspiring. The quicks attempted to go short regularly against Dean Elgar and got duly punished. The South Africa captain, who was surprised by how much grass was on the wicket on the eve of the game, peeled off 10 boundaries in a breezy half-century knock. Ebadot Hossain bore most of the brunt, conceding boundaries in a cluster, while the other two-thirds of the pace troika – Khaled Ahmed and Taskin Ahmed – didn’t give a good account of themselves either.
Khaled changed that around in the second session, when he got a good length ball to bounce more than Elgar anticipated. The South African captain tried to move away but ended up gloving it behind which Liton Das collected well. Elgar walked back for 67 early in the second session, giving Bangladesh a reason to push harder for more. Erwee followed his captain an over later, when he played a ball from Mehidy Hasan onto his stumps. He fell for 41.
Bavuma and Keegan Petersen set about rebuilding for South Africa, but Bangladesh struck again, this time much against the run of play. Petersen had been offered a reprieve when Bangladesh didn’t use a review for a caught-behind appeal, but ultraedge showed a clear spike.
That, however, didn’t cost the visitors much as Mehidy invoked another breakthrough – this time through his brilliance at backward point. Bavuma called for a quick single after pushing at a ball towards point but Mehidy sprinted to his right, making a stop, collecting the ball and hitting the stumps at the striker’s end to catch Petersen short of his crease. A fired up Bangladesh hunted for more but Bavuma and Rickelton batted till the Tea break.
Brief Scores: South Africa 165/3 (Dean Elgar 67, Sarel Erwee 41; Khaled Ahmed 1-33) vs Bangladesh