Dean Elgar missed out the Double ton against Bangladesh.
Dean Elgar missed out the Double ton against Bangladesh.

South Africa claimed three top-order Bangladesh wickets to take the grasp on the second day of the first Test at Senwes Park on Friday. Bangladesh were 127 for three at the end of day 2, still trailing by 369 runs after South Africa had declared their first innings on 496 for three. Dean Elgar made 199 and Hashim Amla scored 137 as South Africa batted powerfully until tea before captain Faf du Plessis declared. The declaration caused a problem for Bangladesh because regular opener Tamim Iqbal had been off the field towards the end of South Africa’s innings, which meant he had to wait for 48 minutes before he could bat. Two wickets fell in Tamim’s enforce absence came to an end and he eventually batted at number five. It was the first time in his 52-Test career that he had not faced the first ball of an innings strange statist thought. Kagiso Rabada made an early breakthrough for South Africa when Imrul Kayes caught a catch to gully in the sixth over

Tamim joined Mominul Haque and the two left-handers batted through to the close, unbeaten on 22 and 28 respectively, with Tamim typify Bangladesh’s attacking approach by dancing down the wicket to hit Maharaj for six off the last ball of the day. Opening batsman Elgar and Amla put on 215 for the second wicket as South Africa again gave Bangladesh cause to be disappointed their decision to send the hosts into bat. Amla became the first batsman to fall to a bowler when he slashed a wide ball from Mustafizur Rahman to backward point in the first over after lunch.

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