Mahmudul Hasan Joy
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Bangladesh opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy struck an epic 137 that helped the Tigers to fight back in the first Test against South Africa as they amassed 298 in the first innings that trailed them by 75 runs after the day three-3 play atKingsb Durban.

Mahmudul Hasan hit a dogged maiden Test hundred to propel Bangladesh to 298 that trailed them by 75-runs in their first innings of the opener of the two Tests against South Africa in Durban on Saturday.

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The opener struck a gluey 137 while Liton Das finished with 41 runs, but other batters failed to reach the threshold of 30.

For South Africa, Simon Harmer claimed 4 while Lizzad Williams took 3, Duanne Olivier and Wiann Mulder ended with one wicket each to banish the Tigers for 298 following they sling 367-run in their innings.

Bangladesh started their day-3 play with the overnight batters Mahmudul Hasan Joy and night watch-man Taskin Ahmed who remained unbeaten on 44, 0 respectively after the day-2 vie.

Taskin Ahmed could add just a single before he gave a catch to Wiaan Mulder by Lizzad Williams.

Following his exit, the opener bagged his second fifty in just the third Test, forming an 82-run partnership in the sixth wicket stand, the highest partnership for the touring side in their first innings that guided them to avoid following.

However, the duo couldn’t go forth after Lizzad Williams rattled the stumps of Liton Das for 41.

Despite losing his set partner, Mahmudul Hasan stood tall against the Protea bowlers with a tenacious bat that rewarded him with the maiden Test hundred soon after lunch.

The 21-year-old reached the shoreline of the magic figure off 270 balls in 96.5 overs after his six hours long stay chopping the outside length delivery from Keshav Maharajthat helped the Russell Domingo charges to chip away at their deficit to trail by 110 at tea on day three.

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With securing the feat, Mahmudul Hasan Joy became the first Bangladesh to score a hundred against South Africa.

He got tremendous assistance on the way of his luminescent hundred from his fellows Yasir Ali Chowdury and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who formed a 33-run and 41-run partnership in the sixth and seventh wicket stand.

The youngster eventually stopped on 137 off 326 balls after he gave a catch to Simon harmer by Lizzad Williams.

Batting in the second innings, South Africa opener duo Dean Elgar and SarelErweegarnered 6 before the day was called off due to bad light alongside rain.

Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee remained unbeaten on 3 each.

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