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02-Apr-2022 03:05:00 GMT
SA v BAN - 1st Test, Durban, day 2

Harmer take four, Bangladesh in trouble

Bangladesh 98 for 4 (Joy 44*, Shanto 38, Harmer 4-42) trail South Africa 367 (Bavuma 93, Elgar 67, Khaled 4-92, Mehidy 3-94) by 269 runs

Durban: Temba Bavuma and the lower-order guided South Africa to a first-innings total of 367 before Simon Harmer's four-wicket haul on Day 2 put the Proteas in a solid position in the ongoing first Test against Bangladesh in Durban.

Simon Harmer first added 38 crucial runs with the bat, stitching crucial partnerships with Lizaad Williams and Duanne Olivier for the ninth and tenth wicket respectively before spinning a web around Bangladesh with a four-for. His all-round showing has put South Africa in a strong position heading into day 3.

Resuming Day 2 at overnight 233 for 4, South Africa found themselves in trouble after Bangladesh availed their second new ball early in the first session. Temba Bavuma, who'd gone past fifty during the final passage of the first day's play, promptly struck two boundaries off Khaled Ahmed. The right-arm quick bounced back in his next over, sending back Kyle Verreynne (28) and Wiaan Mulder off successive deliveries.

While Verreynne was trapped leg-before by a sharp inswinger, Mulder edged the first ball he faced to Mahmudul Hasan Joy at gully. Keshav Maharaj then joined Bavuma, and the pair frustrated the hosts for the next 15.3 overs, putting together a valuable 53-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Bavuma got a reprieve when on 76, as Yasir Ali shelled a chance at the second slip off Ebadot Hossain right after the first drinks break.

The Proteas limited-overs skipper progressed steadily towards his second Test ton, but much to his and the team's disappointment, was undone by Mehidy Hasan's flighted off-break to be castled on 93. One brought two for Bangladesh as Maharaj was cleaned up off the very next ball by Ebadot for 19.

Debutant Lizaad Williams successfully overturned a leg-before call early into his innings, and struck a four on the final ball before lunch to help his side to 314/8.

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