South Africa 278 for 5 (Elgar 70, Bavuma 67, Petersen 64, Taijul 3-77, Khaled 2-59) vs Bangladesh
Port Elizabeth: Two late wickets saw Bangladesh recover at the end of what had been a chastening first day in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
South Africa closed on 278/5 at the end of the opening day of the second Test, with Dean Elgar (70), Keegan Petersen (64) and Temba Bavuma (67) all making fine half-centuries.
But Taijul Islam (3/77) and Khaled Ahmed (2/59) ensured that the tourists have something to work with going into the second day.
After a confidence-boosting ODI series win against South Africa, Bangladesh were completely bamboozled in the opening Test in Durban, bowled out for their second-lowest total in Test cricket thanks to some major struggles against spinners, losing a total of 14 wickets to the Proteas pair.
In the second test in Port Elizabeth, South African skipper Dean Elgar won the toss and opted to bat first.
The home side maintained their winning combination and opted to go in unchanged, whereas Bangladesh made two changes to their eleven.
Opener Tamim Iqbal who missed out on the first Test due to a stomach ailment was added back to the eleven, replacing Shadman Islam.
Seamer Taskin Ahmed, who was ruled out of the second Test due to a shoulder injury was replaced by left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.
It was an almost identical start for the South African openers to that of the Durban Test, as runs came thick and fast in the opening session, with Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee dominating the Bangladeshi bowlers from the start.
In absence of their regular seamers Taskin and Shoriful, Bangladesh’s pace attack lacked experience and they once again struggled to pick up wickets at the start.
Skipper Mominul Haque deployed spinners straightaway and rotated his bowlers regularly in the opening session, but Elgar and Erwee were almost untroubled from the start, except when Erwee got hit on the pads by Kahled in the third over of the day.
Erwee was lucky to be given not out and, had Bangladesh reviewed the decision, he would have walked back to the pavilion.
The batters continued their good form and brought up their 50-run opening partnership, but the first South African wicket fell when Erwee perished to an outside-off delivery from Khaled.
The opener, who had safely sailed through the new-ball spell, had scored 24 off 40 deliveries, but wasted another start as he attempted to drive a full and wide delivery only to edge it to the wicketkeeper.
But at the other end Elgar’s consistency with the bat continued.
After playing knocks of 67 and 64 in the opening Test, which also saw him jump to No 13 in the Test Rankings, he followed it up with another half-century.
Elgar brought up his 22nd Test 50 in the 22nd over and later continued to pound the pacers.
His new batting partner Keegan Petersen looked stable from the start and had reached 24* with skipper Elgar not out at 59* as South Africa went in for lunch at 107/1.
Elgar could only add 11 runs to his score post-lunch as he walked back to the pavilion on 70 after losing his wicket to left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.
Elgar edged a slightly quicker delivery off Taijul to the wicketkeeper and walked back in despair, failing once again to convert his start into a three-figure score.
Petersen shifted gears in the second session and immediately started collecting runs smashing Ebadot for a hat-trick of boundaries and bringing up his half-century in 74 deliveries.
Runs had started to flow for South Africa, but a 28-minute rain break allowed the visitors to regroup.
And disciplined bowling from Bangladesh after the resumption paid off when Taijul struck, with Petersen’s wicket reducing South Africa to 184/3.
Petersen’s 64 came off 124 balls before he was trapped in front as he advanced down the wicket.
The umpire initially turned down the appeal as it looked to be going down leg, but DRS showed that the ball would go on to hit the leg stump.
Bavuma (33*) and new batter Ryan Rickleton (7*) made sure South Africa did not lose any more wickets as they went for tea at 199/3.
To continue the momentum at the start of the final session, Bangladesh continued with their spinners.
However, Bavuma and Rickleton stood firm and survived the tricky first 30 minutes.