South Africa: 428/3 (Elgar 113, Markram 143, Amla 89*, Du Plessis 62*, Subashish 2/85)
It was a case of ‘same old, same old’ for the South Africans as they dominated the first day of the second test against Bangladesh. The usual suspects were once again the openers, Dean Elgar & Aiden Markram who both scored centuries to contribute to the Proteas’ already mammoth total.
Bangladesh;s skipper Mushfiqur Rahim once again opted to bowl after winning the toss. The South Africans were once again on hand to take full advantage of a rather futile pitch. They absolutely dominated the first two sessions, with the openers both reaching centuries. Markram’s maiden test century was met with emotional joy by his family in the stands. It took Bangladesh almost 54 overs to take the first scalp with Elgar getting caught by Mustafizur from a Subhashish Roy delivery. Markram followed suit with a ripper from pacer Rubel Hossain shattering his defences. Bangladesh showed signs of coming back into the game when Subhashish took out Bavuma. But the experience duo of Du Plessis &Amla was too much to handle for the Bangladeshis. Both the batsmen are still in the middle hgaving scored half centuries and looking good for yet another century in the longest format of the game. Bangladesh will look to their pacers once again tomorrow as they look to restrict the Proteas to a relatively lower score than they expected.