• Steyn strikes early but Tigers steady at lunch

    July 30, 2015

    Bangladesh went to lunch on 75-1 after recovering well from Dale Steyn’s early strike which took his Test tally to 400 wickets on day one of the second Test in Mirpur.

    Imrul Kayes (28) and Mominul Haque (34) are at the crease.

    Tamim Iqbal became Dale Steyn’s 400th Test victim as the fast bowler joined Shaun Pollock as only the second South African to achieve the milestone.

    Hashim Amla took the catch at first slip off the third ball of Steyn’s third over as he became the joint second-fastest bowler, in terms of Tests played, to reach 400 Test wickets. He joins New Zealander Richard Hadlee, who also required just 80 Test matches to take 400. But he is the fastest of them all in terms of balls bowled, taking just 16 634 compared to Hadlee’s 20 ooo-plus; at a strike rate of 41.61 against Hadlee’s 50.75 and Glenn McGrath’s 51.40

    Muttiah Muralitharan remains the fastest bowler to get there in 72 Tests. Steyn’s next target will be Pollock’s tally of 421 wickets.

    It was supposed to happen in the first Test against the Tigers, but rain ruined those plans as the last two days in Chittagong were washed out.

    On Thursday, Bangladesh won the toss and unsurprisingly decided to bat. Steyn was on the money from the get-go and would have celebrated the milestone earlier had Dean Elgar not dropped a chance in the slips.

    Steyn didn’t have to wait long though, as Iqbal (6) edged one straight to Amla, who took it comfortably to start celebrations.

    He was dominant for the rest of the session and kept his economy rate under two runs an over, conceding just one boundary.

    All the bowlers did reasonably well on a flat deck and Elgar and Stiaan van Zyl also got a bowl.

    Picture: AFP



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