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Tigers staring down the barrel in first Test
Morne Morkel struck twice in the first over of Bangladesh’s chase. Catch full cricket score and updates of South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 4, here. (AFP)
Bangladesh will need another 376 runs in the 2nd innings on the final day of the first Test against South Africa on Monday, to complete a fairytale win at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
Yet having already lost three second innings wickets, not only are such hopes of winning far-fetched, even surviving the day to earn an honourable draw looks like a mountain to climb.
On the 4th day’s play on Sunday, chasing a target of 424 runs, Bangladesh (320 in the 1st innings) opened the 2nd innings in the 3rd session and reduced their deficit scoring 49/3 in 15.3 overs, at stumps, where opening batsman skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was at the crease with 16* runs.
Opening batsman Imrul Kayes (32 off 42b; 5x4) was the last batsman of Bangladesh who left the crease before the bails were drawn for the day as he was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Keshav Maharaj.
Morne Morkel bowled out the Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal to make the first breakthrough for Proteas before showed the way out to Mominul Haque by lbw to depart both of them in his 1st spell of the innings. Tamim and Mominul both were out for ducks leaving the team collection at 0/2 in 1 over.
Morkel conceded 19 runs for two wickets while Keshav Maharaj took one for just 2 runs for the host side.
Earlier, South Africa (496/3-d in the first innings) resumed the 2nd innings on the 4th day with overnight score of 54/2 in 15.5 overs and declared their innings raising their tally to 247/6-d in 56 overs to extend their lead to 423 from 230 runs.
On the rain-interrupted 4th day’s play, South Africa collected 193 for 4 in 40.1 overs before declaring the innings --spurred by the 4th pair stand of 142 in 28.4 overs between skipper Faf du Plessis and overnight batsman Temba Bavuma-- in the middle of the 2nd session.
Starting from 70/3 in 20.1 overs, the 4th pair departed at 212/4 in 48.5 overs as F du Plessis was trapped lbw by Mominul Haque.
Faf du Plessis (81 off 101 b; 6x4; 1x6) and overnight batsman Temba Bavuma (71 off 107b; 7x4) spurred the 2nd innings with their half centuries while another overnight batsman Hashim Amla and Keshav Maharaj added 28 and 19* runs respectively.
Mominul Haque, part-time left-arm orthodox bowler of Bangladesh, captured three wickets -- Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock – conceding a economic 27 runs in 6 overs on the day while pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman bagged 2 for 30 runs in the innings.
South Africa 1st innings: 496/3-d in 146 overs; Dean Elgar 199, Hashim Amla 137, Aiden Markram 97, Temba Bavuma 31*, Faf du Plessis 26*, Shafiul Islam 1/74, Mustafizur Rahman 1/98.
South Africa 2nd innings: 247/6-d in 56 overs (overnight 54/2 in 15.5 overs); Faf du Plessis 81, Temba Bavuma 71, Hashim Amla 28, Keshav Maharaj 19*, Aiden Markram15, Mominul Haque 3/27, Mustafizur Rahman 2/30, Shafiul Islam 1/46.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 320/10 in 89.1 overs; Mominul Haque 77, Mahmudullah Riyad 66, Mushfiqur Rahim 44, Tamim Iqbal 39, Keshav Maharaj 3/92, Morne Morkel 2/51, Kagiso Rabada 2/84, Andile Phehlukwayo 1/18, Duanne Olivier 1/52.
Bangladesh 2nd innings: 49/3 in 15.3 overs, at stumps, Mushfiqur Rahim 16*, Imrul Kayes 32, Morne Morkel 2/19, Keshav Maharaj 1/2.