Bangladesh Test Against South Africa
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Host South Africa ended with 233-4 in the day-1 play of the opener of the two Tests against Bangladesh in Durban prior to it being called off due to bad light.

Bangladesh bowlers made a tremendous comeback in the second session of the day-1 play of the first Test against South Africa that powered the hosts to garner 233-4 at Durban.

Khaled Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Ebadot Hossain captured one wicket.

For South Africa, Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee finished with 67 and 41, respectively, while Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten on 53.

Sent to bat after losing in the toss, South Africa opener duo Dean Elgar and SarelErwee went undamaged in the morning session, slinging 95 runs after the tie eventually got underway at Kingsmead following a 35 minutes delay due to malfunctioning of the sightscreen.

Elgar started by clipping a knee-high full-toss from Taskin Ahmed in front of square for a boundary and made it six times in the first ten overs.

South Africa’s fifty came up in the 12th over when Elgar took three boundaries off Ebadot and began to play the ball late to suggest he was set.

In the opening stand, the duo added 113 before Dean Elgar gave a catch behind the stumps for 67 by Khaled Ahmed following the lunch break in 33.2 overs.

Sarel Erwee, who had shown patience throughout the innings, tried to cut a Mehidy Hasan delivery outside off and under-edged onto his stumps as he followed his partner’s steps five balls later for 41.

With two new batters, Keegan Petersen and Temba Bavuma, at the crease, Bangladesh would have been looking to put them under incessant pressure; however, the hosts could conquer it, adapting a perfect approach.

Unfortunately, they failed to carry it on long after Petersen was trapped run-out when Bavuma called for a run after dabbing the ball to point, where Mehidy dived beautifully, picked up, and threw with one stump to aim at, and Petersen was removed for 19.

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But he was fortunate enough as Bangladesh didn’t review a chance for caught behind when he was 18, and Taskin Ahmed lured him into the drive.

Temba Bavuma and Ryan Rickelton formed a 34 run partnership in the fourth wicket stand. Still, the pair concluded when the latter gave a catch to MominulHaque at Mid-on for 21 by EbadotHossain.

Temba Bavuma and Kyle Verreynne added 53 runs to catapult 233 in 76.5 overs before the day was called off due to bad light in the fifth wicket stand.

Bavuma and Verreyne remained unbeaten on 53, 27 runs, respectively.

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