1st Test,
The Ashes, 2017-18, Brisbane

Australia vs England

23 November 2017 05:29 (IST)

1st Test, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, 28 September 2017

South Africa vs Bangladesh

Bangladesh 4th Inn:90/10 (32.4)

Mehidy Hasan 15 (32);
Keshav Maharaj* 10.4-1-25-4; Duanne Olivier 5.4-1-12-0;

Last bat: Mustafizur Rahman

Result: South Africa won by 333 runs.

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Bangladesh 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Tamim Iqbal b Morne Morkel 0 4 0 0 0
Imrul Kayes c de Kock & b Maharaj 32 42 5 0 76.19
Mominul Haque lbw Morne Morkel 0 2 0 0 0
Mushfiqur Rahim(c) c Amla & b Rabada 16 55 1 0 29.09
Mahmudullah b Rabada 9 18 1 0 50
Liton Das(wk) lbw Rabada 4 16 0 0 25
Sabbir Rahman lbw Maharaj 4 8 1 0 50
Mehidy Hasan not out 15 32 1 1 46.88
Taskin Ahmed lbw Maharaj 4 9 0 0 44.44
Shafiul Islam runout (de Kock) 2 1 0 0 200
Mustafizur Rahman c & b Maharaj 1 11 0 0 9.09
             
Extras(b - 1, lb - 0, w - 0, nb - 2)3
Total(90 all out in 32.4 overs)90 (2.76 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/0 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.4 ov.) 2/0 (Mominul Haque, 0.6 ov.) 3/49 (Imrul Kayes, 15.3 ov.)
4/55 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 17.3 ov.) 5/62 (Mahmudullah, 21.5 ov.) 6/67 (Liton Das, 23.3 ov.)
7/67 (Sabbir Rahman, 24.2 ov.) 8/71 (Taskin Ahmed, 26.5 ov.) 9/75 (Shafiul Islam, 28 ov.)
10/90 (Mustafizur Rahman, 32.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 5.2 2 19 2 3.56  
Kagiso Rabada 10 3 33 3 3.3  
Duanne Olivier 5.4 1 12 0 2.12  
Keshav Maharaj 10.4 1 25 4 2.34  
Andile Phehlukwayo 1 1 0 0 0  
               

South Africa 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Aiden Markram c Liton Das & b Mustafizur 15 26 2 0 57.69
Dean Elgar lbw Shafiul 18 25 2 0 72
Hashim Amla c Liton Das & b Mustafizur 28 43 3 0 65.12
Temba Bavuma c Liton Das & b Mominul 71 107 7 0 66.36
Faf du Plessis(c) lbw Mominul 81 101 6 1 80.2
Quinton de Kock(wk) st Liton Das & b Mominul 8 11 1 0 72.73
Andile Phehlukwayo not out 6 13 0 0 46.15
Keshav Maharaj not out 19 11 1 1 172.73
Kagiso Rabada dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Morne Morkel dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Duanne Olivier dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 0, w - 0, nb - 1)1
Total(247 for 6 in 56 overs)247 (4.41 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/30 (Dean Elgar, 7.3 ov.) 2/38 (Aiden Markram, 10.6 ov.) 3/70 (Hashim Amla, 20.1 ov.)
4/212 (Faf du Plessis, 48.5 ov.) 5/217 (Temba Bavuma, 50.6 ov.) 6/222 (Quinton de Kock, 52.3 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mehidy Hasan 11 1 69 0 6.27  
Shafiul Islam 13 1 46 1 3.54  
Mustafizur Rahman 11 2 30 2 2.73  
Taskin Ahmed 6 0 29 0 4.83  
Sabbir Rahman 5 0 25 0 5  
Mahmudullah 4 0 21 0 5.25  
Mominul Haque 6 0 27 3 4.5  
               

Bangladesh 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Liton Das(wk) c Amla & b Morne Morkel 25 29 4 0 86.21
Imrul Kayes c Markram & b Rabada 7 20 0 0 35
Mominul Haque c Markram & b Maharaj 77 150 12 0 51.33
Mushfiqur Rahim(c) c Markram & b Maharaj 44 57 7 1 77.19
Tamim Iqbal c de Kock & b Phehlukwayo 39 67 6 1 58.21
Mahmudullah b Morne Morkel 66 124 11 1 53.23
Sabbir Rahman b Olivier 30 46 4 1 65.22
Mehidy Hasan c Elgar & b Rabada 8 16 0 0 50
Taskin Ahmed runout (Markram) 1 2 0 0 50
Shafiul Islam c Amla & b Maharaj 2 13 0 0 15.38
Mustafizur Rahman not out 10 12 2 0 83.33
             
Extras(b - 1, lb - 9, w - 0, nb - 1)11
Total(320 all out in 89.1 overs)320 (3.59 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/16 (Imrul Kayes, 5.4 ov.) 2/36 (Liton Das, 10.2 ov.) 3/103 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 25.1 ov.)
4/158 (Tamim Iqbal, 45.3 ov.) 5/227 (Mominul Haque, 63.3 ov.) 6/292 (Sabbir Rahman, 80.1 ov.)
7/304 (Mahmudullah, 83.4 ov.) 8/305 (Taskin Ahmed, 84.1 ov.) 9/308 (Mehidy Hasan, 86.2 ov.)
10/320 (Shafiul Islam, 89.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 19 7 51 2 2.68  
Kagiso Rabada 24 5 84 2 3.5  
Keshav Maharaj 27.1 8 92 3 3.39  
Duanne Olivier 11 1 52 1 4.73  
Andile Phehlukwayo 6 2 18 1 3  
Aiden Markram 2 0 13 0 6.5  
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c Mominul & b Mustafizur 199 388 15 3 51.29
Aiden Markram runout (Mehidy Hasan) 97 152 13 0 63.82
Hashim Amla c Mehidy Hasan & b Shafiul 137 200 17 1 68.5
Temba Bavuma not out 31 87 2 1 35.63
Faf du Plessis(c) not out 26 49 4 0 53.06
Quinton de Kock(wk) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Andile Phehlukwayo dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Keshav Maharaj dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Kagiso Rabada dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Morne Morkel dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Duanne Olivier dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 4, w - 2, nb - 0)6
Total(496 for 3 in 146 overs)496 (3.4 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/196 (Aiden Markram, 54.2 ov.) 2/411 (Hashim Amla, 117.3 ov.) 3/445 (Dean Elgar, 130.2 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mustafizur Rahman 27 2 98 1 3.63 (1w)
Shafiul Islam 25 5 74 1 2.96 (1w)
Mehidy Hasan 56 4 178 0 3.18  
Taskin Ahmed 26 5 88 0 3.38  
Mahmudullah 5 0 24 0 4.8  
Mominul Haque 2 0 15 0 7.5  
Sabbir Rahman 5 1 15 0 3  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
W

Morkel to Tamim, out Bowled!! That's a stump-rattler. The big man goes wide of the crease and swings it back in, so far that Tamim misreads the line and is beaten on the outside edge. He just offers a half press forward and sees the bails fly in opposite directions. Perfect start for the Proteas. Tamim b Morkel 0(4)

W

Morkel to Mominul, out Lbw!! Got him this time. He's making the new ball dance like a cobra. Double wicket maiden for Morkel; gets appreciable movement in the air as he decks the ball back into the left-hander from round the wicket. Mominul, once again, stays leaden-footed and this time he's pinned just below the knee roll in front of middle. Instant reaction from umpire Chris Gaffaney who puts his finger up in a flash. Oh crikey! Replays show that this is missing (leg) too. But, Mominul didn't bother going for a review. Mominul lbw b Morkel 0(2)

4

to Kayes, FOUR, digs it short on middle, Kayes takes it on and flays the pull wide of long leg

D

to Kayes, 2 runs, Faf drops a dolly at second slip. Perhaps done for lack of pace. Came much slower than he expected. Kayes flails at an away swinger and the thick edge goes at mid-riff high towards second slip where Faf makes a mess. Through his fingers and past Amla at first slip. Faf knocks his hand onto the turf in frustration

4

to Kayes, FOUR, no control over the pull shot, was hurried by the pace and the top-edge goes flying over the keeper

4

to Kayes, FOUR, overpitches and gets spanked down the ground, Kayes leans forward and drills it past the non-striker

4

Morkel to Kayes, FOUR, 145ks, well-directed short ball, Kayes fights fire with fire as he swivels back to pull the big man over square leg

4

to Rahim, FOUR, waits on the back foot and plays the ball as late as he can, punches off his toes through the covers. Lovely balance

4

Morkel to Kayes, FOUR, gorgeous drive through the covers! Leant forward and blazed it away in the gap. So easy to the eye

W

to Kayes, out Caught by de Kock!! Keshav is one of the best South African spinners I've seen. Sure he's got a bright future. Time and again, he proves why. Like on this occasion, he set Kayes with a loopy dart on off-stump. Imparts lot of revs on the ball, makes Kayes push at it and nibbles the edge. QDK holds on. A simple catch and that's tea. Kayes c de Kock b 32(42) [4s-5]

4

to Mahmudullah, FOUR, front foot outta way and he's shovelled it to long-on fence

W

to Rahim, out Caught by Amla!! Brilliant overhead catch at first slip by Amla, who's down after losing his balance and has been bromantically engulfed by the captain. A rising back of a length delivery that, Rahim wants to punch it off the back foot and sends a thick outside edge flying behind. Amla hops a little and lets those quick hands take over. Rahim c Amla b 16(55) [4s-1]

W

to Mahmudullah, out Bowled!! Catches him in the crease with a length ball that decks in and shatters the stumps off the inside edge. Mahmudullah was unsure whether to come forward or go back, and that was his undoing. Mahmudullah b 9(18) [4s-1]

4

to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, yorker outside off and squeezed out behind backward point; gets off the mark

W

to Liton Das, out Lbw!! Bangladesh review: Liton Das has left an in-ducker here. Struck on the front pad, above the knee-roll. Since he didn't offer a shot, and because the on-field decision was out, the ball just has to clip the stumps. The ball-tracking flashes three reds, with the ball ramming into the leg-stump. Liton Das lbw b 4(16)

W

to Sabbir Rahman, out Lbw!! Bangladesh lose another wicket. Sabbir Rahman misses a sweep in front of off-stump, gets hit on the belly and he's been adjudged out. Looked straight; ball-tracking says hitting off and middle. Sabbir Rahman lbw b 4(8) [4s-1]

W

to Taskin Ahmed, out Lbw!! Bangladesh review: Taskin Ahmed has been given out leg-before. Stood back to a quicker delivery that turns in a long way from outside off and tried to manoeuvre it into the leg-side. Missed. And he wasn't helped by the fact that the ball stayed low. Snicko suggests no inside edge there and ball-tracking displays three reds, with the ball going on to hit the leg-stump. Another one down! Taskin Ahmed lbw b 4(9)

W

to Mehidy Hasan, out Shafiul Run Out!! 2 runs completed. hits the length around off, Mehidy Hasan drives past the bowler and runs two. The pair decides to go for the third one as well even as Rabada, who was tagging Parnell in the chase and got the ball in a parried effort from the latter, threw it over the stumps at the striker's end. de Kock collected it well and caught Shafiul short of the crease. Shafiul run out (Rabada/de Kock) 2(1)

6

to Mehidy Hasan, SIX, tossed up ball. Mehidy Hasan clears the front leg and slogs over the cow corner for a maximum

4

to Mehidy Hasan, FOUR, stays away from the line of the delivery and fences away from backward point. No protection at backward point and it races away to the fence

W

to Mustafizur, out Caught&Bowled!! Driven back in the air and takes a good return catch. South Africa win by 333 runs. Mustafizur c and b 1(11)

4

to Elgar, FOUR, short again. This time on the body too. The pull had to connect. And Elgar's bat finds its middle. Full-blooded as he gives it a nice whack, to mid-wicket

4

Hasan to Markram, FOUR, too full and flat. Nailed. Markram closes the bat face on the drive his wrists take over...bulleted past the non-striker

4

to Elgar, FOUR, healthy edge and away it goes for four! Draws Elgar forward with a full delivery and takes the edge, Elgar played the ball late and hence it dribbled along the ground in the gap between slip and keeper

4

Hasan to Markram, FOUR, looks like James Vince of England when he plays the cover drive. So pleasing to the eye. Everything perfect about that shot. Placement - tick, timing - tick, balance - tick

W

to Elgar, out Lbw!! Dean Elgar is given out lbw and he's reviewed it straightaway: Fair delivery. Mind you, is bowling from round the wicket. No bat involved tells the UltraEdge. Clear gap between ball and bat. Three reds. Stone dead. He's gone. [Hitting the top of leg] A round the wicket angler, Elgar was stuck on the back foot trying to work the ball into the on-side. The ball nips in, beats him on the inside edge and clicks him just beneath the knee roll. He took his chances since 's bowling from round the wicket. But, No dice. Elgar lbw b 18(25) [4s-2]

W

to Markram, out Caught by Liton Das!! And the change of angle works wonders. Bowls a leg-cutter on a fuller length and gets Markram chasing off the front foot. A big edge off the toe-end on the drive and a regulation catch for Liton Das behind the stumps. It was far from off-stump and Markram could have been better off letting that go. Oh dear..reviews show the bat smashing the ground as he looks to drive, and that's the noise. Markram didn't want to chance another review perhaps. Markram c Liton Das b 15(26) [4s-2]

4

Ahmed to Amla, FOUR, fifty for South Africa. Jumps on the back foot and nails the punch through the covers

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, full toss outside off. Bavuma slices the drive through cover-point. No one in the deep and it races away

4

to Amla, FOUR, waits for this ball outside off and runs down to third man, after managing to beat the fielder at gully

4

to Amla, FOUR, width on offer outside off. Amla waits and chops through gully; third man is a free space

W

to Amla, out Caught by Liton Das!! That's the end of Amla. A cutter outside off and Amla chases it away from his body. Was loaded with room but rose a bit more than Amla had anticipated. Not much feet movement from Amla, in fact not at all, and the edge is produced for Liton Das to gobble it up. Amla c Liton Das b 28(43) [4s-3]

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, short ball, has no pace on it. du Plessis waits and pulls through mid-wicket; races away to the fence

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, short and wide. du Plessis throws hit bat at that. Gets a thick edge that flies over backward point. Deep cover had no chance to his left

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, punches again and this time he has managed to find the gap through cover. Races through to the fence

4

Hasan to Bavuma, FOUR, fullish outside off. Bavuma tries to reach out on the drive, edges past the keeper to the third man fence

4

Hasan to Bavuma, FOUR, gets low and across and flicks wide of the fielder at deep mid-wicket

4

Ahmed to du Plessis, FOUR, great shot. Premeditated but comes off well. du Plessis charges down and gets a full ball in return, flicks through mid-wicket

4

Hasan to Bavuma, FOUR, floated around off and middle. Bavuma reverse sweeps and finds the gap through point

4

Ahmed to Bavuma, FOUR, fuller ball. Bavuma charges down and cracks it back to the bowler, who could only get his fingers to it. No chance for the man at mid-off

4

Hasan to du Plessis, FOUR, hit with the turn and placed well behind square on on the on-side. Was just outside off and du Plessis got across to sweep in the air but safely

6

Hasan to du Plessis, SIX, this has gone all the way over deep mid-wicket. du Plessis got across and a bit low as well, helped him get underneath the ball.. and then he flogged it with the turn

OT

to du Plessis, 1 run, fifty for du Plessis and has come in real quick time - off just 55 balls. Goes back to this short ball and nudges into the leg-side

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, fabulous shot. Drives away from his body to this length ball but manages to find the gap through extra cover

OT

to du Plessis, 1 run, quicker ball. du Plessis nudges into the on-side

4

Rahman to Bavuma, FOUR, fifty for Bavuma. 9th in Tests, second against Bangladesh. Tossed up ball and he drives it wide of the man at sweeper cover

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, short and wide outside off and Bavuma latches on. Goes back and chops wide of the fielder at sweeper cover

W

to du Plessis, out Lbw!! Faf has been given out lbw, he reviews...No issues with the front foot. No bat involved, confirms the UltraEdge. Impact - umpire's call which is out and Faf's gone. Tossed flat on middle, Faf goes down on one knee and misses the paddle sweep. Knocked just below the knee roll and if anything, impact may have been the only thing that could haved saved him. But, unfortunately, that didn't too either. du Plessis lbw b 81(101) [4s-6 6s-1]

W

to Bavuma, out Caught by Liton Das!! Excellent reflex catch from Liton Das. The umpires are checking if the catch's clean. Bavuma gets low and paddles a quicker delivery; he thinks the ball is going down to fine leg. Casually runs down the pitch and is bamboozled by the reaction of the fielders. And why? Liton Das has timed his dive to his left and took a tumbling one-handed catch. Stunned silence. Bavuma c Liton Das b 71(107) [4s-7]

4

to de Kock, FOUR, drifting down, de Kock gets across his stumps and sends the sweep fine

W

to de Kock, out Stumped!! Skips down the pitch and is defeated by the spin. It turns past his pads, down leg, and Liton Das does the rest. Soft dismissal I must say. de Kock st Liton Das b 8(11) [4s-1]

4

Hasan to Maharaj, FOUR, skates down, gets too close to the pitch of the delivery, but manages to swing the loft clean over mid-off. Goes tricking down towards the boundary

6

Hasan to Maharaj, SIX, clean as a whistle! Uses his feet and whips the ball over mid-wicket

4

Morkel to Liton Das, FOUR, healthy edge and that's through! Plonks his bat at a good length delivery that swung away in the channel, it races in the gap between gully and the cordon

W

to Kayes, out Caught by Markram!! The perfume ball. Too good for Imrul Kayes who couldn't help but sniff at it. With his gloves of course. Leaps high to fetch the short ball and fails to get his hands down. It clatters the bat handle, and a bit of glove before looping up to Markram at gully. A simple catch diving forward. Kayes c Markram b 7(20)

4

Morkel to Liton Das, FOUR, too straight and that's picked away off the pads, nutmegs FSL with a glorious flick shot

4

Morkel to Liton Das, FOUR, short and this one sat up nicely at a good height, Das gets on top of it with a half-swivel pull through square leg

4

Morkel to Liton Das, FOUR, another short ball and Das is not going to hold back. Gets on with the pull shot and although he hasn't timed as well as he would have liked, fed enough wood to get it past square leg. 14 runs off the last 4 balls

W

Morkel to Liton Das, out Caught by Amla!! Nicked and gone! This was on the cards. Liton Das was feeling for deliveries outside off; more often than not he tried to play his shots. Hangs his bat at a delivery that he should have left alone: It was far from off and with Morkel bowling, you should never be surprised by a bit of extra bounce. The ball snakes in before straightening and taking an edge with it towards Amla at first slip. Liton Das c Amla b Morkel 25(29) [4s-4]

4

Morkel to Rahim, FOUR, he's so good square of the wicket. Had enough room to free his arms and flay a short ball past backward point

4

to Mominul, FOUR, short and slipping into the pads, Mominul plays a one-legged pull and gets a boundary behind square

4

to Mominul, FOUR, short and that's dealt with ease. Mominul had ample time to rock back and crunch the pull through mid-wicket

D

to Rahim, no run, edged and dropped. Elgar has put down an absolute sitter at first slip. A let off for the Bangladesh skipper. Lovely ball from , pitched up; drew Rahim forward and spun rapidly. Rahim was caught in no-man's land as he ended up feathering it straight to Elgar. Straight in and out of his hands. Tried desperately to cling onto it on the second attempt, but in vain

4

to Rahim, FOUR, insult to injury. overpitched a tad extra and Rahim latches onto it in a flash. Opens himself by creating some room and spanks it through cover

4

to Rahim, FOUR, cracked. Short and tagged with width, Rahim protracts his hands and punches it in the gap between cover and point. Goes screeching away to the fence

4

to Rahim, FOUR, goodness gracious! Elgar fluffs a chance at slip for the second time. Similar delivery to the one he produced the edge in his previous over. Lands it full, makes Rahim play at it and induces a thick outside edge. Flew quickly on this occasion and Elgar couldn't react. Grazes past his fingertips and runs away to the fence

4

to Rahim, FOUR, that's erratic from and it's been helped away to the fence. Drifting on the pads, Rahim just had to get a tickle, does and it races away to the fence

4

to Rahim, FOUR, imperious! Short and sat up nicely for Rahim. He rocks back and pulls it witheringly in front of square on the leg-side

4

to Rahim, FOUR, delicate stuff from Rahim. Hangs his bat forward with an angled bat and uses the pace to steer it through point

6

to Rahim, SIX, that's authoritative sweep shot from Rahim. Goes low nice and early, picks the length and dismisses it over square leg for a maximum

4

to Mominul, FOUR, Mominul joins the party. goes too full and straight, ends up as a half-volley on the pads. The southpaw shuffles across and whips it wide of mid-on

4

to Mominul, FOUR, "Catch" was the shout but it evades mid-wicket. Full ball on leg-stump, Mominul clips it uppishly and it escapes away to the fence

W

to Rahim, out Caught by Markram!! Second catch in Test cricket for Markram. Finally, gets his man. Rahim's charmed life is over. Remember he was put down on two occasions by Elgar at first slip off . The left-arm spinner has shown great courage and removed the Bangladesh captain. The drifter, coming in with the angle. Rahim was committed on the front foot to defend; the ball takes the inside-edge onto his pad and then lobs up to FSL. Easy take for the debutant. The partnership that was garnering some steam has been snapped for the visitors. is chuffed to bits. Rahim c Markram b 44(57) [4s-7 6s-1]

4

to Tamim, FOUR, poor ball from , veering onto the pads. Tamim moves inside the line and glances it away to the fine leg fence

4

to Tamim, FOUR, that's easy-peasy for Tamim. Half-volley on leg, Tamim moves across and clips it through square leg

4

to Tamim, FOUR, "Dangerous ploy" says Kepler Wessels as Tamim flashes at a slanter outside off, gets an outside edge. Soft hands though and it races away to the third man fence

6

to Tamim, SIX, oh my word! What a shot to cap off the day by Tamim. That must be humiliating for . He tossed it up generously, 'Tamim being Tamim' steps out and smashes it way over long-on. And that will be it for the day

4

to Tamim, FOUR, overcooked. And Tamim latches on. A long stride and an opened up bat on the drive to go square. And he nails it. First morning runs

OT

to Tamim, no run, falls over on the nudge. Too far. And is interested. So is Faf. So here we go..time to disturb the third ump for an LBW appeal. Nothing wrong with the front foot. So here's what happened. The ball cuts back in sharply from very wide of the crease, past the bat, by some margin. Tamim was way forward too. Okay here's the ball tracking - oh, it's clipping leg - umpire's call it is. And we are in the post 28th September zone

OT

to Tamim, 1 run, that's a brute. An absolute screamer. Full, searing back, Waqar-like and Tamim can do nothing but fall down in his desperation to squeeze it out. Okay Faf is keen. And we go upstairs. Was the yorker, the reversing yorker, that takes a part of the shoe first before the bat comes down and jams it away. The foot is right in front of middle. My word..the angle takes it down. UltraEdge showing it missing it by an entire stump. Wow. This is new. Everybody is amused..shocked rather. That's a serious change in trajectory

4

to Tamim, FOUR, on the lean. And on the drive. Ah, that's the elegance needed to break the one-way shackle. Gets a half volley and lays in to cream it through extra cover

4

to Mominul, FOUR, room again to free his arms. This time it is Mominul. On the toes, on the rock back and on the crash through sweeper. High elbows, et al

4

to Mominul, FOUR, overcompensated. On the hips now, a tired line this. And all of a sudden 17 come off an over. Who'd have thought. Helped along behind square, a vacant land, courtesy a leg-glance

4

to Tamim, FOUR, easy pickings. They're letting Bangladesh off the hook out here in the last two overs. Down leg, gets a feather on Tamim's flick. And all the way. That's the 50 off the stand as well

W

to Tamim, out Caught by de Kock!! After all the peaches and the DRS probable-gaffes that Tamim has survived, the most innocuous ball brings about his downfall. is still warming up, dishing one well down leg, nipping further down. Tamim cannot not interfere, he wants these free runs. Jabs the bat out looking for the glance. Gets only a tickle and a tickle is enough for Quinton to dive, pluck and celebrate. The Karma of the Morkel-Rabada spell gives the reward. Tamim c de Kock b 39(67) [4s-6 6s-1]

4

to Mominul, FOUR, a rank drag down. Never right particularly when the pitch is a road as good as this. Sits up and Mominul goes tall in heaving it away, full-blooded. Behind square it is

4

to Mominul, FOUR, those wrists. Lovely. Gets a freebie on the over-full side and Mominul transfers his weight across to whip it wide of mid-on

4

to Mahmudullah, FOUR, friendly-overcooked-wide-overpitch. Dealt with severely. Mahmudullah gets on a knee, frees his arms and crunches it through the covers

4

to Mahmudullah, FOUR, more runs. Streaky this time. But runs nevertheless. Entices Mahmudullah into the drive floating it full. Uppish, not quite in control but balloons just over the leaping short cover

4

to Mominul, FOUR, aggression. Dances down, right to the pitch and goes head-on in an airy hammer over mid-on. A leaping mid-on and his fingers. What's more - it's Mominul's fifty as well

4

to Mominul, FOUR, dishes flight, enticing him into the drive outside off. And Mominul is more than happy to oblige. Plonks the front leg out, gives his arms the breathing space and drills it through the covers

4

to Mahmudullah, FOUR, deft. A bit of width, a bit of away slant and the lack of men in the slips. Mahmudullah hangs back, waits patiently and opens up his bat face in dabbing it down..and all the way

4

to Mahmudullah, FOUR, now a charge down. Advances down, good bat swing and a powerful slam down the ground. Helped by the line right in his slot. Go fetch!

4

to Mahmudullah, FOUR, high risk. Higher dividends. Very mutual fund like. Slightly straighter in his line is and Mahmudullah goes slogging. Agricultural in his mow into cow corner

4

to Mominul, FOUR, 135.6kph, just past slip. Climbs up outside off and Mominul goes fishing, gets a lucky fat outside edge, one that spits up and flies over a flying Faf

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to Mominul, FOUR, finds the gap. A rather loose drive you'd say, three minutes before lunch. Goes expansive in going square, a miscue off the outside half and behind point it is

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Morkel to Mahmudullah, FOUR, squares him up with a wee bit of away movement and the end result? A thick edge races down to third man fence

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to Mominul, out Caught by Markram!! Lapse in concentration? Very poor from Mominul. He just stood back, allowed the ball to do its bit -spun in towards him - and then just guided it smoothly into the hands of FSL. A straightforward catch for Aiden Markram. His third catch of the innings. Mominul c Markram b 77(150) [4s-12]

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Morkel to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, full, straying into the pads. Sabbir smacks the flick with lovely wristwork off the front foot and off she goes

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to Mahmudullah, FOUR, premeditation on full display. Whacks the ball with a wood-chopper swing and gets a one-bounce four over mid-on

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to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, bowls from wide of the crease and draws the edge, a thick leading edge at that. Sabbir had to play for the angle and the edge flew wide of gully. Streaky!

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to Mahmudullah, FOUR, down again, takes it on the full and drives in the gap through extra cover. Take four!

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to Sabbir Rahman, leg byes, FOUR, doesn't get bat on the leg-glance, brushes the thigh pad and skips down to the fine leg fence

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to Sabbir Rahman, SIX, uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and lambasts it over mid-wicket

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to Mahmudullah, FOUR, races down, nearly gets defeated in the flight...hacks the ball over mid-wicket with a wild swing. Completely mistimed, but he'll get four

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to Mahmudullah, FOUR, full toss on the pads and Mahmudullah helps himself to his 14th fifty in Test cricket, 1st against South Africa. Couldn't have asked for a better comeback

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to Mahmudullah, FOUR, throws his bat at a wide one and slices the drive behind backward point. Bangladesh trying to squeeze as many runs as possible with availability of new ball round the corner

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to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, reads the loop this time and reverse sweeps a full ball to the third man fence

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to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, too full and drilled through extra cover, easy pickings

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to Sabbir Rahman, out Bowled!! Chopped on! Another tame dismissal. So disheartening to see batsmen throw away starts. Sabbir Rahman isn't fully forward, he stays deep inside the crease and drops a pacy short ball with soft hands; only to see his stumps shatter off the bottom edge. Sabbir Rahman b 30(46) [4s-4 6s-1]

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to Mahmudullah, SIX, Bangladesh have avoided the follow-on! Thanks to Mahmudullah's aggressive approach. He kneels down and picks the bones out of toss up, dispatches it into the grass banks over mid-wicket

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Morkel to Mahmudullah, out Bowled!! First ball with the new cherry and Mahmudullah's played it onto his stumps. Morkel is ecstatic and so is Faf. Scrambled seam length delivery bowled well wide of off-stump, Mahmudullah chases it with minimal feet movement and splashes a thick inside edge which disturbs the wood-work in the blink of an eye. Mahmudullah b Morkel 66(124) [4s-11 6s-1]

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to Taskin Ahmed, out Taskin Ahmed Run Out!! Brilliant from tiny Temba. He makes it up for the blip previous delivery. Taskin square-drives and starts running without consulting his partner, runs halfway down and then realizes he needs to get back. Bavuma dives to his left...pounces on the ball I must say. Fields one-handed and throws straight towards the stumps. Markram from FSL comes running in, picks up the ball and clips the bails off. Taskin Ahmed run out (Bavuma/Markram) 1(2)

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to Mehidy Hasan, out Caught by Elgar!! Another bumper, another glove, another brute. The only difference being it spoons up this time, and spoons its way to gully. What did 's tea have? Poor Mehidy, this would've done most batsmen in. Goes cross seamed, gets it on the nose, a squared up meek defence and the pace does the rest. This could be over in a hurry. Mehidy Hasan c Elgar b 8(16)

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to Mustafizur, FOUR, throws the bat out. 's short one is more of a sitter and Fizz's cut is more upper. Splices it away over the cordon

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to Mustafizur, FOUR, oh my. He backs away now, in a proper arch and this time the upper cut is all the more delicious. Over first slip and only one way post that

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to Shafiul, out Caught by Amla!! The Mighty Hash - and to imagine he did not want to stand in the slips. Oh he's plucked out a beauty here. does his bit with the drift going away, draws Shafiul out on the poke, the forced defensive poke, gets the outside feather and Hash dives to his right, goes low and defies gravity to beat the ball on its way to ground. So, the Proteas gain a lead of 176. Shafiul c Amla b 2(13)

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to Markram, FOUR, wristy, just a minimal push from Markram to earn his first boundary in Tests. Islam wafts it full and on the pads, Markram gets across and whips it gently wide of mid-on. Trickles away to the fence in a jiffy

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to Markram, FOUR, elegance. Pure elegance from Markram. A juicy half-volley from Rahman outside off, he leans across with a bent knee and creams it crisply through cover. Balance and timing in sync there

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Hasan to Elgar, FOUR, first boundary for Elgar. As soon as he sees the flight, he races down the track and makes room to crack it past mid-off

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Hasan to Elgar, FOUR, lovely shot by Elgar. He won't have two measures in putting away bad balls to the fence. overpitches and pays the price. Drilled down past mid-on and it races away to the fence

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to Markram, FOUR, glorious from Markram. He is looking in good touch. Half-volley outside off, Markram transfers his weight across and caresses it through extra cover. Sends it screeching away to the fence

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to Markram, FOUR, 50-up for South Africa in a streaky manner. A cross-seamer from , cuts back in. Markram went for the cut, too close for comfort and ends up manifesting an inside edge that narrowly misses the stumps. Beats a diving keeper to his left and zooms away. Also the first 50-stand for South Africa after 17 innings

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Ahmed to Elgar, FOUR, the intent was good from but the execution went wrong. Banged it short and it was down leg, Elgar hops back and tickles it fine to the fence

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Ahmed to Elgar, FOUR, nicely played by Elgar. Intentionally opens the bat face to this full ball outside off and guides it through the slip cordon

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Ahmed to Markram, FOUR, veering into the pads, Markram nails the on-drive with still head and rubber wrists, well wide of mid-on

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to Elgar, FOUR, just a fraction full and Elgar's onto it in a flash, gets across and times the pants of an on-drive

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Hasan to Elgar, 1 run, eased to long-off and that's Test fifty number 9 for Dean Elgar. The crowd appreciate his effort, and so do his team members

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to Markram, FOUR, too full and too wide, Markram leans forward and blazes one of the most gorgeous shots in the cricketing manual. A perfect cover-drive

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Hasan to Markram, 1 run, 100-stand up - after 18 innings for South Africa. Markram drops it in front of mid-wicket and trots to the other end

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Ahmed to Markram, FOUR, beautiful from Markram. He is growing in confidence. Full and on off, Markram presses forward and off-drives it past mid-off. Moves on 49

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Ahmed to Markram, 2 runs, fifty on debut for Markram. 9th South African to acheive that feat. A round of applause from the crowd after he waves his bat and his team-mates are up on their feet as well. Gets to the milestone with a cracking back foot punch to sweeper cover and comes back for the second

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Ahmed to Markram, FOUR, class personified. Second boundary of the over. This was the shot of the day so far to me. Half-volley on the stumps, Markram gets his body weight forward, displays a full face of the bat and drives it crisply straight down the ground

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Ahmed to Elgar, FOUR, Elgar takes full toll of the short ball this time. It sat up at a comfortable height and he controls the pull along the ground bisceting two fielders in the deep

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Hasan to Markram, FOUR, Markram takes the aerial route this time. Breaks the monotony and lifts a tossed up delivery over the bowler's head. Couple of bounces and into the fence

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Hasan to Markram, FOUR, what a shot. Employs his dexterous wrists into play. Whips it firmly through mid-wicket, such is the timing that deep mid-wicket fielder had no chance in stopping that

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Hasan to Elgar, SIX, audacious from Elgar. Tossed up on the stumps, Elgar went for the sweep and in the process, chalks a top-edge. The ball has wings to take it over the fence at deep square leg

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to Elgar, FOUR, this is what he's been trying to do precisely on the first two balls of the over. Spanks an overpitched delivery through extra cover

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to Markram, FOUR, full toss outside off. Seriously? Markram throws everything at it, and manages an edge that flies between the slip and the keeper

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to Markram, FOUR, gets a fullish delivery to straighten a bit, a slightly squared up Markram feeds a thick outside edge that runs fine of third man

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to Markram, FOUR, short and put away with disdain. A rank long hop from Markram, he rocks back and smokes it over mid-wicket

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to Elgar, no run, Bangladesh have taken the review: Elgar is the man in question. It's for a lbw. They don't seem to convinced, but replays reveal that it could be closer than they think. Remember, the onfield call is not out. Nothing on the UltraEdge. The ball's missed the bat clearly. Over to ball-tracking: Pitched - in-line, impact - in-line and wickets - missing [sliding down leg]. So, the onfield call stays and Elgar remains not out. A toss up on middle and leg, Elgar knelt down and played all around that sweep shot, missed the line completely and is struck in front of middle. Mushfiqur Rahim had a long chat with the bowler and the keeper before signalling for a review

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to Elgar, SIX, uses his feet to get to the pitch of the delivery and picks the bones out of it. Ten rows back over wide long-on

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Hasan to Elgar, out Markram Run Out!! Oh dear! Elgar is crossed with himself. He dropped the ball in front of cover-point and called for a quick single; Markram was backing up too far and was nearly halfway down when Elgar decided against the single. Too late to turn back. The fielder picks up one-handed and fires it flat to Hasan who catches Markram miles short. Nowhere in the frame. The ground's immersed in odd silence. Markram run out (Sabbir/ Hasan) 97(152) [4s-13]

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Hasan to Elgar, 2 runs, jumps down the pitch and mistimes the loft over mid-on. Just enough to pinch a couple of runs and that'll be his 9th Test hundred. No fizzy celebrations, takes his helmet off and manages to pose a mandatory smile for tomorrow's newspapers

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to Amla, FOUR, too full and gets punished. Half-volley outside off, easy pickings for Amla, who opens the bat face and places it through the covers to get off the mark

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to Amla, FOUR, quality from Amla. Flamboyance at display; Rahman overpitches outside off, Amla shows the bat maker's name with a stride forward and merely pushes it past mid-off. No fuss whatsoever

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to Amla, FOUR, ultra deft touch from Amla. He's an expert at this. Plants his front foot forward, opens the bat face and then uses Fizz's pace to steer it through the cordon

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Hasan to Elgar, FOUR, Elgar puts on the dancing shoes. Uses his feet, reaches the pitch and clubs it over mid-wicket. One bounce and into the fence

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Ahmed to Amla, FOUR, bread and butter for Amla. He is too classy to miss out on these freebies. Full on the pads, Amla gets across and whips it through mid-wicket. Races away to the fence

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Rahman to Amla, FOUR, full toss, at a friendly height too. Might have slipped out of Rahman's hand. Amla makes full use of it as he bludgeons the ball over mid-wicket with brute power, Mustafizz makes a mess in the deep and that'll be four

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Rahman to Amla, FOUR, dropped! Another full toss and this time Amla decides to go straight, hit hard to the right of the bowler who could only manage a fingertip on his attempted dive

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Hasan to Amla, SIX, clears his front leg and marmalizes the ball straight back over the bowler's head. What a way to get to your fifty. It's just another day in the office for the mighty Hash

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Hasan to Amla, FOUR, slipping down and helped away with a paddle-flick. All too easy for South Africa at the moment!

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Hasan to Elgar, FOUR, a juicy full ball outside off, Elgar creams the drive through extra cover to bring up the 100-run stand between these two

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Hasan to Elgar, FOUR, that's a loosener and put away with ease. Flighted full outside off, Elgar rolls his wrists on the drive and smears it through the covers

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to Amla, FOUR, short and Amla doesn't need too much width to pounce on it. Goes up and over with his cut shot and picks the gap behind point

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to Amla, FOUR, overpitched outside off, Amla shows sound judgement as he opens the bat face deliberately to needle the gap between backward point and gully

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Hasan to Amla, FOUR, not short, neither wide. But Amla's wrists are so powerful; he jumps back and stabs the ball through covers

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Hasan to Amla, FOUR, as I mentioned earlier, Amla's wrists are flowing. Anything full will see Amla driving with grace, like on this occasion, where he creams the stroke through extra cover

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Hasan to Elgar, FOUR, doesn't miss out this time. Comes jumping down, gets to the pitch of the delivery and lifts Hasan for a one-bounce four over mid-on

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to Elgar, FOUR, and that's his highest score in Test cricket. Drifting into the pads and Elgar puts it away with supreme ease, through mid-wicket

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Hasan to Amla, 1 run, easy peasy. Full and no spin, Amla milks a single to long-on to bring up the 150-run stand

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Hasan to Elgar, SIX, maiden 150 plus score in Test cricket for Dean Elgar! Chips down the pitch and takes Hasan for a journey over long-on, the bat face closed a bit while executing the shot, but he went with the wind which carried the cherry all the way for a maximum

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Hasan to Amla, 2 runs, punches to sweeper cover and calls for two. Completes the second with ease. A huge smile and then a hug from his partner. 27th Test hundred for Hashim Amla, joins Greame Smith to become second in the list of most number of hundreds for South Africa. Well done, Hash! Gets a warm round of applause from the dressing room as well

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to Amla, FOUR, clever play this from Amla. There's no third man in place and he opens the bat face as late as he can to guide a boundary in that region. Sheer class!

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Ahmed to Amla, FOUR, width on offer again, Amla goes hard on the drive and gets a thick edge that runs in the gap between gully and backward point

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Ahmed to Elgar, FOUR, these are easy runs for South Africa and Elgar. Minimal effort as Elgar reaches out to this shortish ball outside off and finds the gap expertly by steering it through point. No chance for the fielder in the deep

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to Amla, FOUR, absolutely grilled through the covers. Smashing from Amla as Rahman overpitches one well up, throwing the driving challenge at Amla. He answers by leaning out, bending the knees and blasting it past the man at sweeper cover

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Ahmed to Amla, FOUR, wow! Pitched up just a touch, and Amla pounces on it like a Tiger that hasn't seen meat for a while. He lunges out in a trice, opens the face and skims the ball through cover

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to Amla, FOUR, boundaries are flowing from Amla's willow here. A crispiest drive on this occasion. It was over-pitched, it was inviting. Amla doesn't have to move the feet at all, this was door-delivered, and he places it through cover, beats a diving fielder in the deep

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to Amla, 1 run, gets right behind the line and tucks it through mid-wicket to raise the 200-run stand between the two

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Ahmed to Amla, FOUR, "Unforced error" says Mike Haysman on air as Shafiul lets one through. Amla stood up tall and forced it through cover, was running away at a brisk pace and Shafiul used his football skills by sliding to his left. All in vain and it brings up 400 for South Africa

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Ahmed to Elgar, FOUR, a rare edge and it zooms away to the fence. Ahmed has his hands on his head in disappointment. Went full and curled away a touch, Elgar went for the drive with no feet and skews an outside edge. Soft though and it runs through the cordon to the fence

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to Amla, out Caught by Mehidy Hasan!! A wicket. Finally. After 63 overs to be precise. Short and wide: Invites a cut shot from Amla, he slices it hard, but picks the fielder at backward point. A timely jump from Mehidy Hasan and he gobbles it up with ease. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the 70000 wicket in Test match cricket. Amla c Mehidy Hasan b 137(200) [4s-17 6s-1]

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to Elgar, FOUR, too much width and Elgar won't miss out. Just uses his hands to smack the cut behind point

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to Elgar, out Caught by Mominul!! Elgar can't believe it. Aiden Markram leans back in his cozy chair; eyes closed, hiding his emotions underneath those sun-glasses. Quinton de Kock, sitting next to him, walks away realizing he needs to sport his cricketing gear. Chris Morris and a few others look frozen. Another short ball from the Fizz, this was bowled way wide of off-stump, Elgar couldn't help but go with the adrenaline rush. Goes for the pull and ekes a thick top-edge which swirls high towards mid-wicket. A walk in the park catch for Mominul. Out on 199. Oh! Tell me how that feels? Elgar c Mominul b 199(388) [4s-15 6s-3]

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to du Plessis, FOUR, du Plessis is off the mark in style, gets a full pitcher outside off, he spanks it straight down the ground

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to du Plessis, FOUR, drifting into the pads, Faf glances it fine. Two in two

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Hasan to Bavuma, SIX, that's a proper blow from Bavuma. He breaks the drought of boundaries by going low and smacks one over long-on. Mighty-sighty

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to du Plessis, FOUR, this is straight from page 1 of coaching manual in cricket. Straight bat, high elbows and solid drive down the ground. Half-volley from Rahman, it's put away with relative ease by Faf. Beats mid-on as well

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to du Plessis, FOUR, ouchie! Brutish ball from Fizz. Hello? Did the ball hit a fuel well or something? It rockets up from a shortish length. Faf went for the pull and drags it off the bottom part onto the back of his helmet as he swivelled and it runs away to the third man fence

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Hasan to Bavuma, FOUR, short and punished. A rank long hop from , Bavuma spots it extremely early and pulls it away in front of square on the leg-side

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Ahmed to Bavuma, FOUR, threads the gap expertly this time. Goes deep in his crease, opens the bat face to find the placement and flashed it past point