• Elgar provides SA breakthrough

    July 22, 2015
    Tamim Iqbal

    Bangladesh still has the edge on day two of the first Test despite losing the wicket of Tamim Iqbal just before tea.

    Hashim Amla again turned to a part-time bowler to try and get a breakthrough and it worked after Dean Elgar got rid of Iqbal (57) who tried to sweep a full delivery but missed and got bowled.

    Bangladesh went to tea on 153-3 after they were 80-2 at lunch.

    Earlier Stiaan van Zyl made the first breakthrough for South Africa when Quinton de Kock stumped Imrul Kayes for 26.

    The Bangladeshi batsmen looked comfortable throughout the second session after lunch with Iqbal and Mahmudullah (53 not out) reaching their half-centuries.

    The pair shared an 89-run partnership for the third wicket to consolidate their team’s position after losing two wickets in the morning.

    The wicket of Iqbal will give the Proteas some hope and Dale Steyn was immediately brought back into the attack to bowl at the new batsman and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

    Steyn is still searching for his first wicket in this Test and needs just four more to reach 400 in Tests. South Africa did manage to keep the run-rate under control. They bowled with patience and discipline, but credit must go the Bangladeshi batsmen who handled everything that came their way.

    A strange decision has been Amla’s resistance to use JP Duminy as a third spinner to give Simon Harmer a bit of a break. The only reason can be that Duminy is possibly struggling with an injury or niggle that prevents him from bowling.



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