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Top scorer Elgar unhappy with first-strike South Africa attack

Saturday, September 30, 2017

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa were in a strong position at the end of the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday, but top scorer Dean Elgar wasn't satisfied with his team's performance at the start of Bangladesh's innings.

Bangladesh were 127 for three at the close, still trailing by 369 runs after South Africa declared their first innings on 496 for three.

Elgar, who made 199, said: “We are in quite a strong position but our bowlers didn't really hit their straps, especially with the new ball.”

Although opening bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel both took a wicket, Elgar said they had wasted too many deliveries.

Elgar admitted culpability for twice dropping Bangladesh Captain Mushfiqur Rahim off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

Mushfiqur was dropped on six and 15 before eventually being caught at short leg off Maharaj for 44.

Elgar and Hashim Amla, who was in sublime form in scoring 137, put on 215 for the second wicket to build on the opening stand of 196 between Elgar and new cap Aiden Markram on Thursday.

South Africa batted on remorselessly until tea before Captain Faf du Plessis declared.

The declaration caused a problem for Bangladesh because regular opener Tamim Iqbal had been off the field towards the end of South Africa's innings, which meant he had to wait for 48 minutes before he could bat.

Two wickets fell before Tamim's enforced absence came to an end and he eventually batted at number five.

It was the first time in his 52-Test career that he had not faced the first ball of an innings.

SCOREBOARD


South Africa first innings (overnight 298-1)
D Elgar c Mominul Haque b Mustafizur Rahman 199
A Markram run out (Mominul Haque) 97
H Amla c Mehidy Hasan b Shafiul Islam 137
T Bavuma not out 31
F du Plessis not out 26
Extras (lb4, w2) 6
Total (3 wkts dec, 146 overs) 496
Did not bat: Q. de Kock, A. Phehlukwayo, K. Maharaj,
K. Rabada, M. Morkel, D. Olivier.
Fall of wickets: 1-196 (Markram), 2-411 (Amla),
3-445 (Elgar)
Bowling: Mustafizur Rahman 27-2-98-1 (1w), Shafiul
Islam 25-5-74-1 (1w), Mehidy Hasan 56-4-178-0,
Taskin Ahmed 26-5-88-0, Mahmudullah 5-0-24-0,
Mominul Haque 2-0-15-0, Sabbir Rahman 5-1-15-0
Bangladesh first innings
Liton Das c Amla b Morkel 25
Imrul Kayes c Markram b Rabada 7
Mominul Haque not out 28
Mushfiqur Rahim c Markram b Maharaj 44
Tamim Iqbal not out 22
Extras (lb1) 1
Total (3 wkts, 34 overs) 127
To bat: Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan,
Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Kayes), 2-36 (Das), 3-103
(Rahim)
Bowling: Morkel 7-1-34-1, Rabada 9-2-23-1, Maharaj
11-3-38-1, Olivier 5-1-27-0, Phehlukwayo 2-1-4-0
Toss: Bangladesh
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)