Proteas on top at lunch

July 21, 2015
Stiaan van Zyl

South Africa made a solid start to the first Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday and went to lunch on 104-1 after Hashim Amla won the toss.

There were some selection calls that had to made beforehand, and Stiaan van Zyl was the man Russell Domingo and his management staff opted for to open the batting with Dean Elgar.

Temba Bavuma slots in at number five in the absence of AB de Villiers while Simon Harmer plays his second Test.

Van Zyl and Elgar looked comfortable during the first session. The Bangladesh bowlers struggled a bit with their lines, but they did manage to make the batsmen play regularly.

The first wicket fell with the score on 58 when Van Zyl (34) fell to Mahmudullah while playing a shot around his legs down the leg side and finding the edge.

It was a soft dismissal and Van Zyl will be kicking himself that he didn’t go on to make a score after getting a start.

Elgar (30 not out) and Faf du Plessis (33 not out) will continue after lunch.



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