South Africa quicks scythe through Bangladesh top order

Tea Bangladesh 61 for 4 (Kayes 26*, Liton 10*, Olivier 2-29) trail South Africa 573 for 4 dec (Markram 143, du Plessis 135*, Amla 132, Elgar 113) by 512 runs
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After centuries from Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla helped South Africa amass 573 for 4, their seamers made short work of Bangladesh’s top order with pace and bounce. Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, and Wayne Parnell left Bangladesh reeling at 61 for 4, at tea on the second day.

After pinning Soumya Sarkar back with plenty of short deliveries, Rabada hit the opener’s leg stump with a fuller one. Three overs later, Olivier bounced out Mominul Haque to reduce the visitors to 26 for 2 inside 10 overs. Then came the visual moment of the match: Temba Bavuma flew to his right from gully and plucked out a sensational one-handed catch to dismiss Bangladesh’s captain Mushfiqur Rahim for 7. Thirty-six for 3 became 49 for 4 when Wayne Parnell marked his return to Test cricket with the wicket of Mahmudullah off his second ball.

Imrul Kayes and Liton Das somehow survived the short-ball barrage to go to tea unbeaten. The story could have been worse for Bangladesh if Dean Elgar at third slip had hung onto an edge from Liton in the last over before the break.

The morning session had started 90 minutes later than the scheduled time, but when play did resume, South Africa remained relentless with the bat as they added 102 runs in 23 overs in the first session. In the seven overs they batted after lunch, they added 43 runs, with one Taijul Islam over going for 21 runs, courtesy some big hits from Quinton de Kock.

Before lunch, Amla and du Plessis had eased to centuries. It was a truncated session, but there was enough time for Bangladesh to concede two unwanted records. With Elgar and Aiden Markram having already completed their centuries on the first day, this was the fourth occasion when Bangladesh conceded four hundreds in the same innings. They had done so previously against Pakistan (2001), India (2007) and Sri Lanka (2007).

Amla was the first to reach three figures on the second day when he scooped a drive off Mustafizur Rahman to the point boundary. This was his 28th Test hundred; he is now second only to Jacques Kallis in the all-time centurions’ list for South Africa. It was also his third century in 2017.

Amla and du Plessis brought up the 200-run stand in the 105th over, making it the second time that Bangladesh had conceded two double-hundred stands in the same innings. Soon after, du Plessis reached his seventh Test hundred and first against Bangladesh. South Africa had only one moment of alarm when a drilled drive from du Plessis hit the sawdust and tricked the batsman into thinking the ball had reached the boundary. The ball, however, had plugged in the deep, and Mustafizur wasn’t sharp enough to create a run-out chance.

Bangladesh’s bowlers simply went through the motions: all of their frontline bowlers conceded over 100 runs. South Africa declared after lunch but there would be no respite for Bangladesh.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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