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South Africa Vs Bangladesh Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 06 October 2017 Venue: Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein Match Status: Match Ended

South Africa beat Bangladesh by an innings and 254 runs

573/4
Overs
120.0
R/R
4.78
Fours
74
Sixes
2
Extras
15
147/10
Overs
42.5
R/R
3.46
Fours
24
Sixes
0
Extras
3
172/10
Overs
42.4
R/R
4.06
Fours
25
Sixes
3
Extras
7
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  • South Africa have declared! A superb batting performance from them after being asked to bat. Their openers laid the platform with a 243-run stand. Both Elgar and Markram scored tons to set it up. Amla and du Plessis then stitched a 247-run stand to take their side past 500. Both of them helped themselves with a ton each. It is a mammoth score on this wicket which is starting to misbehave a tad.
  • 119.6 Stays back to this one and tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 119.5 Around off, driven with the spin to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 119.4 Quinton shapes for the big hit but the bowler bowls it outside off. He resists and block it.
  • 119.3 Fraction short outside off, de Kock backs away to cut it but ends up chopping it to point.
  • 119.2 Floated outside off, eased to covers.
  • 119.1 Shorter in length on middle, pushed off the back foot to mid on.
  • Mahmudullah to roll his arm over now.
  • 118.6 Bouncer outside off, slow in pace. Takes ages to come to de Kock who pulls it to square leg for a run. 571/4
  • 118.5 The off-cutter from Fizz again which he bowls with great control. Faf backs away and places it to covers for a run.
  • 118.4 Full length delivery on middle, Quinton knocks it to long on to rotate strike.
  • 118.3 Short delivery at a slower pace in line of the stumps, de Kock is early into his pull shot and misses it.
  • 118.2 Off-cutter on middle and leg, du Plessis makes room and strokes it to mid off for a brisk single.
  • 118.1 Yorker on off, Faf can do nothing about it apart from keeping it out.
  • Mustafizur Rahman returns for a bowl. The South African players are putting their whites on. Might have a declaration soon? 565/4 - This is the highest team score in Bloemfontein. Previous highest was 563 all out by SA vs IND, 2001.
  • 117.6 Bouncer on off, de Kock drops his wrists to leave it alone. 567/4
  • 117.5 Well bowled! De Kock makes room and Roy rolls his fingers on this one. He looks to ramp it over the keeper but misses.
  • 117.4 Fullish on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 117.3 De Kock advances down the track and Roy bowls it shortish on middle and leg. Pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 117.2 Short delivery on middle and leg, Quinton thinks about a pull but bails out of it.
  • 117.1 Very full delivery attacking the stumps, de Kock jams it out off the inner half through backward square leg. A couple taken.
  • 116.6 FOUR! Great stroke! Tossed up around off, du Plessis goes inside out over extra cover for a majestic boundary. 21 from the over. 563/4
  • 116.5 Turns this one with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 116.4 SIX! What a hit! Quinton at his free flowing best! Fullish on off, de Kock clears his front leg and heaves it over cow corner for a biggie. He is having fun out there.
  • 116.3 Goes for the fancy reverse sweep but gets hit high on the pads. A stifled appeal for an LBW follows but that was probably spinning down leg.
  • 116.2 FOUR! Well played! Floated outside off, de Kock makes good use of his feet and lifts it over mid off to find the fence.
  • 116.1 SIX! Boom! Slow through the air on off, de Kock crouches and brings out the slog sweep. Has executed it to perfection and the ball clears the deep mid-wicket fence with ease. It takes some time to locate the ball. Finally it has been found.
  • 115.6 Fullish ball on middle, Quinton clips it to wide mid on for a run. 542/4
  • 115.5 Dug in short around leg stump, de Kock ducks under it.
  • 115.4 Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 115.3 Fuller in length, eased to mid off.
  • 115.2 Ouch! That must hurt! Short of a length around off, angling in. Du Plessis looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his box. The batsmen sneak in a run. The skipper is in pain. It is surely not a good feeling.
  • 115.1 Back of a length outside off, punched crisply to covers.
  • 114.6 Risky! Stays back to this one and looks to cut it but is cramped for room. Somehow manages to keep it out. 540/4
  • 114.5 Not Out! That was a clear bump ball. Tossed up around off, de Kock brings out the reverse sweep. He hasn't executed it well and the ball flies towards Kayes at first slip. He anticipates it well and takes it nicely. He is claiming the catch but the umpires are not sure. It is referred upstairs. The soft signal is not out. The replays show that Quinton had hit it straight onto the ground.
  • Is that out? Imrul Kayes is claiming a catch off de Kock at first slip. Looks close. The soft signal is not out.
  • 114.4 FOUR! Shot! Fullish delivery around off, de Kock kneels and slog sweeps it hard past the backward square leg fielder for a boundary.
  • 114.3 Slow through the air outside off, de Kock is a bit early into his drive. Gets it uppishly towards mid off but safe.
  • 114.2 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 114.1 Floated outside off, eased to long off for a run.
  • Quinton de Kock strides out to bat.
  • 113.6 OUT! Timber! A majestic knock from the mighty Hash comes to an end! Tame dismissal really. Amla walks across a long way across his stumps, trying to force the issue. Roy spots him and smartly bowls a length delivery in line of the stumps. Hashim misses and sees the furniture behind him get shattered. Third wicket for the pacer. The mammoth 247-run stand finally comes to an end. Some relief for Bangladesh! 535/4
  • 113.5 On a length on leg stump, tucked with soft hands to mid on for a run.
  • 113.4 FOUR! Textbook cover drive! Fullish delivery outside off, du Plessis takes a reasonable stride forward and creams it through extra cover to find the fence. All timing and grace!
  • 113.3 Overpitched on off, Faf clears his front leg and times it crisply but finds the mid on fielder again.
  • 113.2 Similar length ball, straight this time. Du Plessis strokes it to mid on.
  • 113.1 Starts off with a fuller length delivery well outside off, holding its line. Faf plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • No declaration then, the two South African batsmen want some more runs. It is bright and sunny at the moment in Bloemfontein. Wonderful conditions to play cricket. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis stride out to continue batting. Subashis Roy to bowl first up after lunch. A slip and gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • The scoring rate for the Proteas tells you how badly the away side has bowled. Are these runs enough for du Plessis to declare? Let's see if they continue to bat or have a go at the Tigers. Conditions are still good for batting but pressure is a funny little factor. Stay tuned for all the action. Join us in a while for the second session.
  • South Africa continue to dominate! It has been a batting masterclass from the experienced duo of Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, who have sailed past their centuries nonchalantly. Intent has been missing on the part of the tourists and so has been the discipline. Too many hit-me balls from them and the hosts have obliged by putting them away.
  • 112.6 Shorter in length outside off, hit through the diving mid off fielder for a single. That's Lunch, Day 2! 530/3
  • Last ball before Lunch...
  • 112.5 Shortish outside off, punched to long off for a single.
  • 112.4 Lands it around middle, Amla defends it from his crease.
  • 112.3 Flatter outside off, pushed towards point by the batsman for a single.
  • 112.2 Comes right forward and defends it watchfully towards mid off.
  • 112.1 Fuller on middle, driven towards covers.
  • 111.6 FOUR! Hello, says the pitch. Where did that come from? Good length outside off, bounces a lot more, Amla fends at it and gets an outside edge. The ball flies wide of the keeper for a boundary. The SA bowlers won't mind watching this, though. 527/3
  • 111.5 Around off on a length, Amla keeps it out watchfully.
  • 111.4 Turns one towards mid-wicket from his crease.
  • 111.3 Good length outside off, left alone again.
  • 111.2 Outside off on a length, left alone.
  • 111.1 FOUR! All class! Good length outside off, Amla opens the face of the bat and gets it through backward point for a boundary. Hundred for Roy as well.
  • Subashis Roy to have a bowl now.
  • 110.6 Shorter outside off, punched to covers who does not misfield this time around. 519/3
  • 110.5 On the pads again, worked through square leg for a single.
  • 110.4 Flatter around leg, turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 110.3 Amla gets across and punches it to long on for a run.
  • 110.2 Turns it through wide mid on for a single.
  • 110.1 Shorter outside off, punched to covers. The fielder fumbles and allows a couple of runs.
  • Mahmudullah called on for a bowl. Even Bangladesh want SA to declare early.
  • 109.6 Amla lunges forward and turns it towards the leg side. 513/3
  • 109.5 Drives it towards mid off from his crease.
  • 109.4 Lands it outside off, slammed to long off for a single.
  • 109.3 Turns it through backward square leg for a couple of runs. Good running gets them the third.
  • 109.2 Fuller outside off, pushed to long off for a single.
  • 109.1 Fuller around off, Amla punches it through mid off for a single.
  • 108.6 FOUR! Pristine! Fuller and outside off, du Plessis reads it well and creams it through wide of mid off for a boundary. 507/3
  • 108.5 Shorter in length and on the body, tucked to long leg for a run.
  • 108.4 Fuller on the pads, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 108.3 Good length around middle, punched towards covers from his crease.
  • 108.2 Woah! Amla walks a long way across even before Rahman bowls one, flicks it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 108.1 Good length around leg, worked through backward square leg for a single. 500 up for SA!
  • 107.6 Shorter outside off, punched to covers. 499/3
  • 107.5 Fuller around off, driven through mid off for another single.
  • 107.4 Flatter around off, hit back to the bowler by du Plessis.
  • 107.3 Dances down the wicket and pushes one towards cover-point.
  • Batting masterclass! This is only the second time that South Africa have had four centurions in an innings in Test cricket.
  • 107.2 Drives it through mid off for a run.
  • 107.1 Fuller outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 106.6 Bouncer! Bumper by Rahman, Amla ducks under it. 496/3
  • 106.5 Slants it around off, du Plessis taps it towards covers and takes a single.
  • 106.4 Length ball outside off, hit towards covers.
  • 106.3 FOUR! Captain leading from the front! Ton for du Plessis! Fuller around middle, turned through mid-wicket for a boundary. That is a hundred for Faf du Plessis. This is his 7th Test ton, his first of 2017, his 5th in South Africa, his first against Bangladesh and his 3rd as skipper. Looks like SA will bat on for now. Also, Faf's ton is the 50th by a Test captain in South Africa.
  • 106.2 Too full around off, jammed towards backward point.
  • 106.1 Bowls a full toss, du Plessis misses out on it and just pats it back down the wicket.
  • Time for the Fizz. Can he stop Faf du Plessis from getting the ton? Most of the fielders are inside the 30-yard circle to stop the all-important single.
  • 105.6 Shorter outside off, du Plessis punches it towards mid off and takes a quick single. He is now on 99! 491/3
  • 105.5 Gets a single with a push through mid off.
  • 105.4 Flatter outside off, Amla chops it towards point from his crease.
  • 105.3 Amla lunges forward and turns it towards mid-wicket.
  • 105.2 Shorter around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 105.1 Loops it around off and middle, du Plessis punches it in the air towards short cover.
  • 104.6 Fuller and outside off, guided towards point by Amla. 488/3
  • 104.5 FOUR! Class! Shorter in length outside off, this time Amla waits, waits and then places it between backward point and short third man for a boundary. Superb shot. The stand is now worth 200! Oh Rahim, what have you done?
  • 104.4 Punches this length ball to mid on from his crease.
  • 104.3 Intent! Shorter in length outside off, Amla looks to ramp it over the head of the keeper but misses. There is no third man in place so the shot was on indeed.
  • 104.2 Shortish outside off, Amla punches it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 104.1 Good length outside off, punched to covers by Amla.
  • 103.6 Pushed to short extra cover by Faf du Plessis. 482/3
  • 103.5 Floats it around off, du Plessis aims to defend but gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 103.4 Amla drives one through mid off for a single.
  • 103.3 Fuller outside off, Amla comes forward and drives it to mid off.
  • 103.2 Fuller in length, Amla swings it towards mid on out of nowhere. Not sure what made Amla play this heave. Signs of declaration around?
  • 103.1 Fuller on middle, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 102.6 Shorter in length outside off, left alone by Amla. 480/3
  • 102.5 Shorter in length but on the body, pulled to long leg for a single.
  • 102.4 FOUR! Smashed! Shorter in length outside off, du Plessis gets on top of it and pulls it wide of mid on for a boundary.
  • 102.3 Shorter in length outside off, du Plessis ducks under it.
  • 102.2 Shorter outside off, punched to covers.
  • 102.1 Good length outside off, du Plessis punches it to point and Amla takes off. The skipper sends his partner back in time as Mominul scores a direct hit at the bowler's end from covers. No harm done though as Hashim had got back in.
  • 101.6 Fuller outside off, driven through covers for a single. Moves on to 91! 475/3
  • 101.5 Floats it around off, du Plessis punches it towards covers. This time Amla wants a single but is sent back.
  • 101.4 Amla guides one through covers for a single.
  • 101.3 Amla taps one towards point and Faf wants a single. Sent back in time by Hashim.
  • 101.2 Fuller around off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 101.1 Drops it short on middle, punched to long off for a single.
  • Time for some spin, Taijul Islam to bowl.
  • 100.6 FOUR! Century for Rubel! Shorter in length, Faf du Plessis picks it early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. No doubts, this time around. 471/3
  • 100.5 Amla punches one towards mid off and takes a single.
  • 100.4 Shorter in length outside off, left alone.
  • Faf du Plessis is advancing towards the sawdust. He is not pleased. It was a glorious stroke which deserved a boundary. He has a wry smile on his face.
  • 100.3 What is happening? Fuller in length around off, du Plessis just punches it straight down the ground and assumes that it is a boundary. The ball hits the sawdust sprayed on the way, near the fence and hence slows down. The fielder at long off is slow and not aware of the situation as both du Plessis and Amla were celebrating the boundary which never was, in the middle of the wicket. The throw too was a wild one and it allows Faf to cross over. At the end, only a run taken. Would have been some way to get out that.
  • 100.2 Shorter in length outside off, hit off the back foot through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 100.1 Good length outside off, punched towards covers by du Plessis.
  • 99.6 Fuller in length around off, Amla defends it watchfully. 463/3
  • 99.5 Good length around off, turned towards the fielder who just came in. The fielder is slow and it allows du Plessis to take the single.
  • Square leg in place now.
  • 99.4 Full again, du Plessis drives it back down the wicket. The bowler stops it in his followthrough.
  • 99.3 Full and outside off, a happy leave by du Plessis.
  • 99.2 Length ball around off, punched towards mid off by Faf.
  • 99.1 Full in length outside off, du Plessis watches it go through safely.
  • 98.6 Full and outside off, Hashim is not interested. 462/3
  • 98.5 Shorter in length outside off, no shot offered by Amla.
  • 98.4 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 98.3 Fuller on middle, turned through mid-wicket. Rahim thinks to dive but does not and hence concedes a couple of runs.
  • 98.2 Tucks one through the backward square leg region for a single. He moves to 81, could see him declaring once he gets to his ton.
  • 98.1 Good length around off, punched towards mid on by the batsman.
  • Rubel Hossain comes on for a bowl.
  • 97.6 Pitched up outside off, another leave by Hashim. 459/3
  • Wow! It is the 19th time SA have had three centurions in a Test innings. If Faf du Plessis scores a century today, it will only be the second time SA will have four centurions.
  • 97.5 Fuller outside off, left alone by Amla.
  • 97.4 Length ball around off, Amla defends it from his crease.
  • 97.3 A tad short around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 97.2 Good length outside off, left alone by du Plessis.
  • Faf pulls out at the last moment as he was not ready. The bowler has to head back to his mark.
  • 97.1 Good length around off, keeps a tad low, du Plessis turns it towards mid-wicket from his crease.
  • 96.6 Goes round the wicket and bowls it outside off on a length, Amla shoulders his arms to it. 458/3
  • 96.5 Bumper wasted wide outside off, Amla is not even bothered.
  • 96.4 Similar ball, similar shot, similar result.
  • 96.3 Slants across a length ball, no interest in it by Amla.
  • 96.2 FOUR! Hashim, Hashim! Fuller and outside off, Amla just checks his shot coming forward. Gets it in the gap at point and the ball runs away to the fence. A century for Hashim Amla, he has made it look really easy. He raises his bat to acknowledge the applause from the crowd and his teammates. He is now second to only the great Jacques Kallis in terms of Test tons for SA.
  • 96.1 Shorter in length, way outside off, Amla lets it go through.
  • 95.6 Good length outside off, left alone by the batsman. 454/3
  • 95.5 Good length outside off, punched to deep point for a single.
  • 95.4 Shorter in length outside off, pulled through square leg for a single.
  • 95.3 Fuller outside off, du Plessis is not bothered about it.
  • 95.2 FOUR! Poor bowling, punished! Nothing ball, on a length outside off, asking to be hit, du Plessis obliges and punches it through covers for a boundary. 450 up for SA!
  • Milestone Alert - Hashim Amla has gone past the legendary Vivian Richards in terms of runs scored in Tests. One of the best batsmen in the world just keeps on breaking the records.
  • 95.1 Good length outside off, left alone by Faf.
  • 94.6 Full and wide outside off, Amla is happy to let it go. 448/3
  • 94.5 Shorter in length outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 94.4 Fuller and outside off, Faf has his weight back yet gets it through point for a single.
  • 94.3 Shorter in length, going across du Plessis who sits and lets it go over him.
  • 94.2 Angles it around middle, gets the ball to bounce more, du Plessis takes the bottom hand off the bat and keeps the ball down.
  • 94.1 Good length delivery around off, punched towards covers by du Plessis.
  • 93.6 Short and wide again, punched in the same region. This time for a couple of runs. 447/3
  • 93.5 FOUR! In the gap! Shorter in length outside off, Amla waits for it and guides it behind backward point for a boundary. Can't give width to Hashim.
  • 93.4 Shorter in length outside off, punched towards gully.
  • 93.3 Pitched up around off, Amla comes forward and defends it.
  • 93.2 Back of a length outside off, Amla stands tall and punches it towards covers.
  • 93.1 Length ball around off, Amla defends it watchfully.
  • 92.6 Good length just outside off, Faf defends it watchfully. 441/3
  • 92.6 Bouncer! Short and wide outside off, left alone by Faf. Too short and hence the umpire signals it a wide.
  • 92.5 FOUR! Lovely shot! Good length outside off, du Plessis just stands tall and punches it through covers for a boundary. Also brings up the 150-run stand between the two.
  • 92.4 Length ball wide outside off, no problems for du Plessis.
  • Expect South Africa to declare once both these batsmen get to their tons. Let's see.
  • 92.3 Back of a length outside off, Amla guides it to the deep point fielder for a single.
  • 92.2 Shorter in length outside off, Amla drops his wrists and lets it go.
  • 92.1 Slants one across Amla who watches it sail through to the keeper.
  • 91.6 Extra bounce! Good length outside off, bounces a tad more, du Plessis shapes to defend but gets beaten by the extra bounce. Does well to keep it down on the deck though. 435/3
  • 91.5 Fuller length outside off, du Plessis comes forward and defends it.
  • 91.4 Faf gets right behind this length ball and defends it watchfully.
  • 91.3 Faf du Plessis comes right forward and defends it.
  • 91.2 A lot more closer to the stumps, on a fuller length, Faf is happy to let it go.
  • 91.1 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • Sawdust is being sprayed on the damp areas on the ground. Subashis Roy to bowl from the other end. A slip and a gully in place. A minimum of 83 overs to be bowled today.
  • 90.6 Shorter in length outside off, du Plessis slaps it to the cover fielder who fumbles and allows a single. 435/3
  • Did you know? This is the highest 4th wicket partnership for South Africa against Bangladesh in Tests.
  • 90.5 Good length around off, punched towards covers.
  • 90.4 FOUR! Smashed! Length ball, very wide outside off, Faf du Plessis won't miss out and crashes it through the covers for a boundary.
  • 90.3 First runs of the day! Good length outside off, punched off the back foot through point for a couple of runs.
  • 90.2 Full and wide outside off, no shot offered by du Plessis.
  • 90.1 Slants across a length ball outside off, left alone by Faf.
  • Time to get the game going. The two South African batsmen Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis stride out to continue batting. It will be interesting to see how long the hosts bat. Bangladesh begin the day with Mustafizur Rahman. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Shaun Pollock and Kepler Wessels are doing the pitch report. They say that it was good for strokemaking yesterday. Mention that there will be more pace and bounce today. Add that the South African bowlers will enjoy bowling on this track.
  • News coming in is that play will begin at 1130 local time, in less than 15 minutes from now. Lunch will be taken at 1300 local time.
  • 1100 local time update - Good news folks! The covers are coming off! We should be starting soon.
  • 1000 local time update - Not a good news guys! We are in for a delayed start. The weather is pretty gloomy and there is light rain around as well. The covers are firmly in place The first thing that is needed is for the drizzle to stop so that the groundsmen can start their work. Let's hope for the best. Stay tuned for more updates.
  • The tourists have had a lot to think, their captain admitted repeating his mistake of bowling first again but they need to find a way to come back in the game. They will hope to restrict the home side as much as possible and get batting. Let's see how they go about their job. Stay tuned for all the action.
  • There was a bit of rain around, hope it clears up soon and we get some cricket! On that note, hello everyone and welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the second and final Test between South Africa and Bangladesh in Bloemfontein. Despite losing the toss, the hosts are in a solid position. Their openers laid the platform for them and the middle order will now like to cash in. Could be interesting to see when they declare having already crossed 400.
  • .... Day 2, Session 1 ....
  • Elgar fell at the stroke of Tea and two quick wickets post the break might have made the Tigers believe they could turn things around but some poor captaincy and defensive bowling saw the home side get back on top. An unbeaten century stand between du Plessis and Amla has put them in a commanding position. Both will aim to get a big score and bat Bangladesh out of the game if possible. Will they be able to do that or will the visitors stage a comeback? We'll know that tomorrow only. Join us for all the action on Day 2 at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Until then, it's goodbye and take care!
  • What a day for South Africa! They have amassed over 400 runs in a day and they have the tourists to thank genuinely. Rahim put them into bat and the hosts responded with a 243-run opening stand. Both Elgar and Markram helped themselves with a century each as the Bangladeshi bowlers struggled for any kind of rhythm. They wasted the new ball and the spinner didn't get any purchase from the deck. One wonders what made the captain elect to field on this batting beauty?
  • 89.6 Just what you'd expect Hashim Amla to do. Sees it bowled short, so he just doesn't bother with it. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 1! 428/3
  • 89.5 Short of a length delivery on middle and off, pulled away to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 89.4 Played back down the track by walking a step across. Was pitched on a length and Faf dealt with it well.
  • 89.3 Length ball on middle and off, Amla moves inside the line, turns it on the on side with soft hands and scampers through for a single.
  • 89.2 Cutting back in, blocked from within the crease.
  • 89.1 Full ball outside off, du Plessis leans ahead and across to block it in front of point. Is off quickly and hence, has no problem in completing the run.
  • This will be the last over of the day...
  • 88.6 Bowls it across the batsman, there is minimal bounce on this occasion. Hashim Amla leaves it alone as it goes on a few bounces to the keeper. 425/3
  • 88.5 Short on middle and leg, pulled to deep square leg for a single.
  • 88.4 Shortish in length outside off, Amla rises and punches it just wide of the man at cover, which allows him to take the run.
  • 88.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • Bad signs for Bangladesh. Rahim is struggling with his leg. The skipper is really important to their cause. They will hope that it is nothing serious.
  • 88.2 Amla crashes this through the covers and calls for the second. Both batsmen manage to do so as the throw comes in from the deep at the bowler's end. In the process, Rahim, who is backing up on this, gets hit on his shin and feels the sting. Bangladesh don't really want another one injured, do they?
  • 88.1 Hits the deck hard and begins the over with a bumper. Amla keeps his eyes on the ball the whole time as he crouches low to let it sail over him.
  • 87.6 Around off on a good length, defended well. 421/3
  • 87.5 Good tap and run stuff from Hashim Amla. Pushes it in front of mid on and quickly sets off. Faf responds and both batsmen complete the run with ease.
  • 87.4 Bouncer angling into the batsman, he pulls it along the ground to fine leg and gets one.
  • 87.3 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Faf brings down a straight blade in defense.
  • 87.2 Length ball on off, Faf doesn't move at all as he blocks this comfortably down the track.
  • 87.1 Stays rooted inside his crease and pushes this length ball back to the bowler.
  • 86.6 Bumper to end the over, Hashim Amla ducks and evades. Wants nothing to do with that. 419/3
  • 86.5 Banged in short again, Amla looks to fend it away but gets it off the glove, maybe the under edge of the top half of the bat behind. He's lucky the ball bounced over the stumps. Close call.
  • 86.4 Some extra bounce as it's pitched on a length around off, tapped in front of cover from within the crease.
  • 86.3 Short of a good length, angling across and there's some good bounce on it. Faf guides it square to point and runs across.
  • 86.2 Just back of a length around off, du Plessis rises and punches it on the up, only to find mid off.
  • 86.1 Length ball on leg stump line, whipped through square leg, to the man in the deep for a single.
  • Mustafizur Rahman to bowl again.
  • 85.6 Tailing in, but it's going down leg. It's flicked down towards fine leg for a double. 417/3
  • 85.5 Kicks off the deck a bit as Roy bowls it around off, du Plessis takes his bottom hand off as he defends it down on the off side.
  • 85.4 Landed outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 85.3 Short of a good length cutting back in this time, du Plessis with a beautiful straight bat defends it right back in the bowler's direction.
  • The second new ball has been taken. Will it bring a change in fortune for Bangladesh? Two slips in place.
  • 85.2 Seaming away from a good length around off, Faf covers the line well and lets it be.
  • 85.1 Good length delivery aimed at the top of off stump, du Plessis keeps bat and pad close together to guard it out.
  • Subashis Roy comes back for a burst.
  • 84.6 FOUR! Just uses the pace of this well. Smartly done by Hashim Amla. Just tickles it off his pads and beats short fine leg. He tries to chase it down but the ball clearly wins the race. 415/3
  • 84.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 84.4 Looped up outside off, Amla waits for the ball to drop and then drives it to the long off fielder. Single added to the scoreboard.
  • 84.3 Pushes this into the covers, just a single taken.
  • 84.2 Short and flat outside off, punched away off the back foot for no run.
  • 84.1 Stays right behind the line and defends it out well.
  • 83.6 FOUR! Quicker, flatter and outside off, Amla plays this very late and reaps dividends. Gets it off the outer half down towards third man for a boundary. 408/3
  • 83.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 83.4 Wrists this fuller ball towards the man stationed at long on. One run to the total.
  • 83.3 Coming into the batsman, he turns it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 83.2 Full again and outside off, driven through the cover area for another one.
  • 83.1 Full and wide outside off, drilled hard through extra cover for a single. The 400 is up for the Proteas.
  • 82.6 A walk across his sticks as Amla negotiates well. End of the over. 399/3
  • 82.5 16th Test fifty for Faf du Plessis! He knocks it past the bowler, towards mid off and crosses over to the other end with all the time in the world. Gets to his milestone and it's been a good knock so far.
  • 82.4 Faf has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 82.3 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
  • 82.2 Goes deep inside the crease, which allows him more time to play this. Worked away to square leg.
  • 82.1 Full and flat, gets behind the line and blocks.
  • 81.6 No spin for Sabbir, it's driven through mid off for a single. 397/3
  • 81.5 Comes forward and defends with the full face of the bat.
  • 81.4 Holding its line outside off, spanked into the gap on the off side for a couple.
  • 81.3 Full ball is driven to mid off.
  • 81.2 FOUR! Good shot. Has width offered to him, he takes it and sends it packing. Amla stays back and with a fierce cut through backward point sends it away to the boundary line.
  • 81.1 Outside off, guarded off the back foot on the off side.
  • Sabbir Rahman to have a go with the ball.
  • 80.6 Length ball around off, du Plessis looks to put bat on ball but gets an inside edge which just goes past the leg stump. Close call, could have easily gone on to knock the bails over. 390/3
  • 80.5 Short again but this doesn't rise much. Du Plessis pulls it off the under edge to square leg.
  • Interesting conversation on-air. It is whether teams should get the pitches they want. The view for the opposition is that they should have all their bases covered so that they can adapt to the challenges. The consensus is that it should not be a problem for teams to get the pitches they want since it also presents different possibilities. The example cited is of India who had turners for teams with good fast bowlers and they had flat decks against England, who have a decent bowling attack.
  • 80.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 80.3 Shorter in length again, pulled away to fine leg to get off strike.
  • 80.2 Shortish delivery on the stump, worked 'round the corner for an easy one.
  • 80.1 Marginally ahead of a length just around off, Faf taps it down in front of covers.
  • The second new ball is available now. Remember, as per the new rules, reviews will not be refreshed.
  • 79.6 Full in length, a tight defensive shot offered to keep it out. 388/3
  • 79.5 Tossed up delivery around leg, Amla is down to play the paddle sweep but is caught on the pads. It is sliding down leg, hence no appeal.
  • 79.4 FOUR! He's shifting gears here. Two in two for Hashim Amla. Full again and right in his slot, the maestro lofts it over mid off's head to send it across the rope.
  • 79.3 FOUR! Sees the flight on this one and takes the aerial route. Dropped full, Amla smashes it over extra cover and finds the fence.
  • 79.2 Full and straight, driven down the ground to long on for a single.
  • 79.1 Straighter one outside off, Amla backs away and smacks it through covers for one.
  • 78.6 Faf du Plessis has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 378/3
  • 78.5 Back of a length outside the line of off stump, Amla drops it in front of point and scurries across.
  • 78.4 Short delivery angling back in on middle and leg, Amla pulls it with a lot of control as he places it towards fine leg. Runs the first one at a decent pace and still manages to come back for the second. Big gap out there, no trouble in doing so.
  • 78.3 Serves it on a good length once more, Faf pierces the gap in the cover region and finds the sweeper. Gets a single to his name for doing so.
  • 78.2 Short of a good length outside off, Hashim hangs back and punches it square through point for a single.
  • 78.1 Just ahead of a length on the fifth stump line, knocked into the covers for nothing.
  • 77.6 36th Test fifty for Hashim Amla! The maestro is piling on the runs again. Has looked comfortable since he's come on, pure class. He rocks back and crunches it through the gap in the covers for a single. 373/3
  • 77.5 Full ball driven to mid off by Amla.
  • 77.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.3 Short in length again, du Plessis goes back, makes a little room and punches it to cover for one.
  • 77.2 Full and straight from Mahmudullah, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 77.1 Dropped short on middle and off, punched off the back foot down to long on. Single taken comfortably.
  • Mahmudullah back on.
  • 76.6 Shaping back in on middle and leg, Amla wrists it away on the leg side for a single. 370/3
  • 76.5 Half-pulls this short ball in front of short mid-wicket, off the under edge for a brisk run. Played that late, hence didn't middle it.
  • 76.4 Rock solid, is Faf du Plessis. He walks across a step to this length ball around off and offers a stylish defensive shot to short cover.
  • 76.3 Short ball with no real venom in it, Amla rides the bounce as he pulls it along the ground through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 76.2 Attempting to score the yorker, but fails and ends up bowling a low full toss. Faf comfortably flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 76.1 Fraction straight in line, enough for Amla to lean across and whip it to deep mid-wicket. Single taken.
  • Rubel Hossain is back into the attack.
  • 75.6 There are those fast hands again. Hashim stands tall and punches it through to sweeper cover. A run to end the over. 365/3
  • 75.5 Another single. Down the ground to long on off the front foot.
  • 75.4 Going on straight outside off, hit to the covers for one.
  • 75.3 Sensible batting from the skipper. Just knocks it down to long on and brings Amla on strike.
  • 75.2 FOUR! That's an excellent shot! Tossed up around off, du Plessis opens his body up a bit and drives it hard past mid off to send it across the rope.
  • 75.1 Tad short, Amla stands tall and punches it back down the ground to long off for a single.
  • 74.6 Full on leg, worked away on the on side for a run. 356/3
  • 74.5 Quicker through the air on the stumps, blocked.
  • 74.4 FOUR! Hashim Amla at his prolific best! He's a real treat to watch when he plays like that. Fuller ball outside off, he caresses the drive through the gap in the covers for a boundary. His fast hands do all the work, didn't require much footwork to put that away.
  • 74.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 74.2 Again it's outside off, another leave by Amla.
  • 74.1 Length delivery in the channel outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 73.6 The 350 is up for South Africa! Du Plessis drives it through wide mid off for a couple of runs. 351/3
  • 73.5 No spin, no bounce and no drift as it's landed outside off, eased away to the covers for a single.
  • 73.4 Some drift away from Hashim Amla, he reaches out to it and pushes it on the off side with soft hands.
  • 73.3 Tossed up this time, knocked to long off for one.
  • 73.2 Dropped on a length around off, it's punched solidly from within the crease to cover.
  • 73.1 Flatter on middle, meets it with a solid, straight blade.
  • 72.6 Speared full, tailing back in, catches Faf low on the pads as he misses his attempted flick shot. Runs down to fine leg and a leg bye is taken. 347/3
  • 72.5 Short of a good length in line of the stumps, Amla with a little swivel pulls it behind square on the leg side to rotate strike.
  • 72.4 Length delivery on the fourth stump line, blocked down in front of the cover area.
  • 72.3 Amla with one of his whippy drives. Sees it outside off and looks to cash in, but is unfortunate to find the fielder.
  • 72.2 On the pads, clipped to fine leg for an easy single.
  • 72.1 Keeps it quite tight by bowling it close to off, pushed to the covers from within the crease.
  • 71.6 Drifting in from around off, pushed just wide of mid off for a single. 344/3
  • 71.5 Comes forward to this full ball and pushes it into the covers for one run.
  • 71.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 71.3 Some decent air on this, tossed right up there on middle and off, Amla opens his body up a bit and keeps it out on the off side.
  • 71.2 Quicker again, Faf offers a firm back foot punch down to long on and crosses over.
  • 71.1 Flatter, quicker and shorter on the stumps, du Plessis goes back and pushes it back down the track.
  • Drinks are on the field!
  • 70.6 Full and outside off, driven to the left of the mid off fielder for a quick single. 341/3
  • 70.5 Stifled appeal for a leg before, but it was always angling too far down. Fuller in length again, reverse on that. Catches Faf on the pads as he misses his flick. Sarkar pulls out of the appeal as soon as he begins it.
  • 70.4 Faf du Plessis leans ahead to this fuller ball and clips it to the mid-wicket fielder in place.
  • 70.3 Fullish length ball around the off stump line, defended.
  • 70.2 Coming back in on a bit of a fuller length, Amla waits for the ball to come to him and works it on the leg side for a run.
  • 70.1 Good yorker fired in on middle and leg, it's swinging back and threatening. But Faf is up to it as he digs it out towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 69.6 Full on middle and off, blocked presenting the full face of the bat. 338/3
  • 69.5 FOUR BYES! The 50-run stand is up with that. Darted down the leg side, Amla doesn't fiddle with it. Too hard for Liton Das behind the stumps to move to his left and collect that. It goes through him and away to the boundary line behind.
  • 69.4 FOUR! A leg stump half-volley from Taijul, Amla with those beautiful wrists of his whips this hard through the right of mid on for a superb boundary.
  • 69.3 Pushed quicker through the air, on off, Amla with a gentle push to the cover fielder.
  • 69.2 Makes use of his feet, gets to the pitch and works it towards mid on again. Takes the fielder on this time and completes the run with ease. Good running.
  • 69.1 Tossed up on middle stump, wristed down to mid on but it's straight to the fielder.
  • 68.6 Nudged to fine leg from within the crease for an easy one. 329/3
  • 68.5 FOUR! Another boundary for du Plessis! Wicket-to-wicket line from Sarkar, it's a bit too straight which is enough for the Protea skipper to take full advantage of. He flicks it through backward square leg and beats the man in the deep to the fence. Nicely done.
  • 68.4 Fuller length ball, once again on off stump, a solid drive from Faf finds the man at mid off.
  • 68.3 Length delivery on off, stays right behind the line and keeps it out safely.
  • 68.2 Shaping back in on middle and leg, Faf picks it off his pads and works it behind square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 68.1 Full and straight from Sarkar to start things off, du Plessis with a straight bat drives it straight back to him. The bowler sticks his right hand out and makes a good stop, saves runs.
  • Soumya Sarkar to bowl again.
  • 67.6 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Shortish around off, spinning away. Amla rocks back and cuts it behind point for a boundary. 322/3
  • 67.5 Loopy delivery around off, Amla uses his feet and drives it to short mid off.
  • 67.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 67.3 Du Plessis plays it with soft hands to covers for a brisk single.
  • 67.2 Landed around off again, played with the spin to covers.
  • 67.1 Tossed up around off, eased to mid off.
  • Taijul Islam comes back for a bowl.
  • 66.6 Another short ball on leg stump, pulled to backward square leg for a run. 317/3
  • 66.5 FOUR! Du Plessis is getting used to the short stuff. He was looking a bit jittery but he is in the zone now. Bouncer in line of the stumps, pulled hard through mid-wicket for another boundary.
  • 66.4 Fractionally overpitched outside off, drilled to covers.
  • 66.3 FOUR! Well played! Banged halfway down the track on middle, du Plessis rides the bounce, gets on top of it and pulls it with authority through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 66.2 Rahman rolls his fingers on this delivery and bowls it around off. Amla runs it down behind point for a run. Wants the second but du Plessis sends him back. Hashim has a wry smile on his face.
  • 66.1 Angling away from Amla. He dabs it intentionally to the man at gully.
  • 65.6 Fuller in length around off, du Plessis strides ahead and defends it calmly with a high elbow. 307/3
  • 65.5 Back of a length outside off, Faf mistimes his punch to mid off.
  • 65.4 FOUR! Shot! Short ball on middle and leg, du Plessis pulls it in a controlled manner through backward square leg to find the fence.
  • 65.3 Length delivery outside off, shaping away this time. Faf makes a watchful leave.
  • 65.2 Angling into Amla. Clipped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 65.1 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 64.6 Dropped and FOUR! The short ball ploy almost did the trick again! Rahman hits the deck hard in line of the stumps. Du Plessis is drawn into the pull shot but is early into it. Ends up getting a top edge towards fine leg. Roy who is standing near the ropes charges towards the ball. It is dying on him as he dives full length but fails to take it. It goes right through his hands and through to the fence. 302/3
  • 64.5 Good length delivery outside off, du Plessis is a little early into the drive. It goes uppishly towards mid off but falls well short of the fielder.
  • 64.4 Similar length delivery around off, Faf du Plessis strides forward and pushes it to covers.
  • 64.3 Fullish delivery outside off, Hashim strokes it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 64.2 FOUR! Easy pickings! That is the hallmark of a great player like him. He doesn't miss out on loose deliveries! Good length delivery around the hips, Amla hops and tucks it through backward square leg for a boundary. Timing at its best.
  • 64.1 Fuller in length around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 63.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, du Plessis lets it go. 293/3
  • 63.5 That's a peach! Faf almost fell prey to it. Good length delivery around off, seams away after hitting the deck. Du Plessis feels for it but is completely foxed by it.
  • 63.4 Back of a length in the same channel, the Protea skipper stays back and plays it with an angled bat to point.
  • 63.3 Fuller in length around off, tapped to covers.
  • 63.3 Wide! Short delivery down the leg side, Faf moves inside the line and lets it go. Wide called for height.
  • 63.2 On a length outside off, holding its line. Du Plessis plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 63.1 Fuller length ball outside off, stays a touch low. Faf lets it go.
  • 62.6 Well-directed bouncer around off, shoots through after landing. Amla does well to evade it. 292/3
  • Did you know? Before this innings, Bavuma went 10 successive innings where he managed double digits, this is his first single digit score since he scored 1 against NZ at Hamilton in 2017.
  • 62.5 Rahman comes around the wicket now and bowls it on middle and leg, Faf clips it through backward square leg to rotate strike.
  • 62.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.3 Things are happening now! Length delivery around middle, angling in a bit this time. Du Plessis is opened up in his stance as he looks to push it down the ground but gets an outside edge towards first slip. It falls short of the fielder and he fumbles. Two runs taken.
  • 62.2 Straying on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 62.1 Fuller length delivery, slanting across Amla. He strides forward and blocks it right under his eyes.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is back on.
  • 61.6 Good length delivery well outside off, du Plessis doesn't flirt with it. 288/3
  • 61.5 Length delivery around off, swinging in. Faf covers the line and blocks it stoutly.
  • 61.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 61.3 Good delivery to bowl first up to the skipper. Full length on off, angling in. Du Plessis does well to keep it out.
  • The skipper, Faf du Plessis comes out to bat.
  • 61.2 OUT! Roy is on song! Intelligent bowling by him brings the reward. Good captaincy from Rahim too. He brought in two slips and a gully for this over. Subashis bowls this on a good length around off, gets it to seam away after pitching. There is a bit of extra bounce as well which unsettles Bavuma. He attempts to cut it through square of the wicket on the off side but only ends up getting a thick outside edge. Liton Das behind the stumps doesn't make a mistake this time around. Moves to his right to take a regulation catch. What a comeback from the visitors!
  • 61.1 Length delivery outside off, Bavuma lets it go.
  • 60.6 FOUR! Sweet! Amla plays that shot really well. Back of a length outside off, Hashim camps back and punches it with authority through covers for a boundary. 288/2
  • 60.5 Sharp bumper around off, Hashim ducks under the bumper.
  • 60.4 Half-volley outside off, Amla punches it on the up to covers where the fielder moves to his left to make a good stop.
  • 60.3 Hossain changes his angle and runs in from around the wicket. Tries to tuck Bavuma but he is up for it. Plays it with soft hands to square leg and calls for a run immediately. Good judgement and the batsmen complete it with ease.
  • 60.3 Wide! Short delivery outside off, takes off after landing. Bavuma ducks under it. Wide signaled for height.
  • 60.2 Close! Back of a length outside off, shaping in substantially. Bavuma shapes for the cut but is cramped for room. Ends up chopping it just beside the stumps.
  • 60.1 FOUR! That was asking to be hit and Bavuma obliges! Short and wide, Temba frees his arms and crashes it behind backward point for a rocketing boundary. Bangladesh were building good pressure. Can't afford to feed the new batsman loose deliveries.
  • 59.6 On a length outside off, pushed off the back foot to covers for a brisk run. 278/2
  • 59.5 Similar length delivery around off, good bounce on this occasion. Bavuma rides it and defends it beside the pitch on the off side.
  • 59.4 Back of a length outside off, a bit of width on offer. Temba thinks about a cut but decides not to go for it.
  • 59.3 Better from Roy! Brings this back in on a good length from outside off. Bavuma stands tall and taps it to point.
  • 59.2 A bit wider this time, on a fullish length. Bavuma is not bothered to play at it.
  • 59.1 In the corridor of uncertainty, holding its line. Temba doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 58.6 Another sharp bumper on off, Amla has to sway away from the line of the delivery to evade it. Great stuff from Hossain. A productive over for SA comes to an end. 277/2
  • 58.5 Fullish delivery, tailing in substantially. Bavuma clips it off the inner half to fine leg for a run to get off the mark.
  • Temba Bavuma strides out to bat.
  • 58.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! Double bluff from Hossain does the trick! Markram is standing deep in the crease, expecting the short delivery. Instead, Rubel bowls a pinpoint yorker in line of the stumps. Aiden is caught in a tangle, with his feet going nowhere. Misses it completely and the middle stump goes for a toss. Brilliant passage of play for Bangladesh. Suddenly the energy levels are up and they are breathing fire at the moment! A terrific knock from the youngster comes to an end.
  • 58.3 Hossain rolls his arms on this one, on a shorter length again. Pulled to square leg.
  • 58.2 Timing and grace! Short of a length outside off, Amla punches it sweetly through covers. The fielder at sweeper cover has a lot of ground to cover to his right and does well. Saves a run for his side.
  • 58.1 Hossain bends his back and hits the deck around off. Amla sits under the bumper quickly.
  • 57.6 FOUR! Hit with power! Short delivery on middle and leg, comes at a nice height to Aiden. He swivels across and pulls it with aplomb through mid-wicket. Beats the diving fielder in the deep to pick up another boundary. 11 from the over. 273/1
  • 57.5 Shortish outside off, pushed to wide mid off for a brisk single.
  • 57.4 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Fullish and straying on the pads, Amla clips it through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 57.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 57.2 Back of a length outside off, punched through point fora run.
  • 57.1 A better throw would have made things interesting! Good length outside off, Markram punches it through covers and calls fora couple. Mehedi (the substitute) races towards the ball and throws it towards the keeper's end. The throw is a bit wayward. Liton Das collects it and tries to flick it back on the stumps but fails. Close shave.
  • Subashis Roy to bowl from the other end.
  • 56.6 Short stuff again around off, Hashim ducks under it. 261/1
  • 56.5 Sharp movement on that occasion! Similar length outside off, jags back in. Amla hops and looks to push it to covers but gets an inside edge over the stumps. That was close.
  • 56.4 FOUR! Shot! Back of a length outside off, Amla punches it crisply off his back foot through covers. Taijul Islam in the deep covers a lot of ground to his right, slides but seems to have failed to keep the ball in play. It is taken upstairs and the replays confirm it is a boundary.
  • 56.3 Third bouncer in a row! Hossain runs in and hits the deck hard on middle, doesn't rise much after landing. Amla crouches, drops his wrists and leaves it uncomfortably.
  • 56.2 Short again on middle and leg, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 56.1 Begins with a shortish delivery on leg stump, as expected. Markram pulls it towards the fielder at backward square leg who dives to his right to make a good stop.
  • We are back for the final session. Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla to continue their innings. Can Bangladesh trigger a collapse? They will certainly strive for one. Rubel Hossain to begin first up with the ball after tea. A gully in place. Here we go...
  • ...Day 1, Session 3...
  • The visitors need to bowl and field with more intensity if they are to create further inroads on a good batting surface. The hosts have continued to score freely putting away bad deliveries with ease. The spell from Rahman was a promising one and his teammates need to take a leaf out of it. Join us shortly for the evening session.
  • Another brilliant session for South Africa apart from the wicket of Dean Elgar at the fag end. Mustafizur Rahman was the one who used the short ball ploy to trouble the southpaw. He created an opportunity but it was not taken. However, Roy followed in his footsteps and made the plan work rather quickly.
  • 55.6 Shorter in length around middle, Amla ducks under it. That's Tea, Day 1! 256/1
  • 55.5 Fuller around off, Amla defends it watchfully.
  • 55.4 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • 55.3 NOT OUT! Close shave! Fuller in length around off, Amla comes forward to defend but gets hit on his pads. The bowler appeals long and hard but aborts after a point. Rahim comes over and has a chat with his bowler. He goes for the review. Replays show that Amla was fine as there was bat first and the Ball Tracker also shows that the impact is outside the line. Hence, Hashim survives. Bangladesh lose a review.
  • 55.2 Another top edge! Markram top edges his pull again towards long leg for a single.
  • 55.1 FOUR! No, no, no Taijul! Shorter in length around off, Markram pulls it through backward square leg. Taijul in the deep makes a meal of it and allows it through his legs for a boundary.
  • 54.6 In the air...but safe! Suddenly the ball is in the air more than needed for the SA batsmen. Hossain bowls another bumper, Markram takes it on and looks to pull. The ball almost carries to the long leg fielder. A run taken. Nervy times before Tea. 251/1
  • 54.5 Shorter in length around middle, pulled towards square leg.
  • 54.4 TOP EDGED! Shorter in length around middle, Markram looks to pull but gets a top edge. The ball flies down towards fine leg, Mominul slides near the fence and stops the ball. The umpire has a look since he is not sure. Replays find him safe and hence only two runs taken.
  • 54.3 Length ball outside off, Amla taps it to covers and takes a single to get off the mark.
  • 54.2 Good length outside off, Amla lets it go through watchfully.
  • 54.1 Fuller outside off, driven to mid off for a single by Markram.
  • Rubel Hossain comes back on with Amla out to bat.
  • 53.6 This one is pulled over mid-wicket off the toe end of the bat. Good running ensures that they get three. 246/1
  • 53.5 Back of a length outside off, Markram dabs it towards short third man.
  • Hashim Amla walks in.
  • 53.4 OUT! Elgar falls to the short ball and Mustafizur Rahman takes the catch. He is smiling since he knows that he set it up. Roy bowls a shorter one around leg, Elgar looks to pull it but gets a top edge and puts his head down as soon as he hits that. Rahman comes in from the deep at fine leg and takes a good tumbling catch. A wicket at last for the Tigers and it is a well-earned one. The marathon partnership comes to an end.
  • 53.3 Similar shot, similar result. A run taken this time.
  • 53.2 Shorter in length, sits up, Markram pulls it towards mid-wicket.
  • 53.1 Yup, short is the order of the day! Banged in around middle, Elgar tucks it in front of backward square leg and wants a run. Aiden hesitates a touch but then goes through with the run. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and hence, no harm done.
  • Subashis Roy returns for a bowl. Will he bowl short to Elgar as well?
  • 52.6 Fuller around off, pushed towards mid off by the batsman. 241/0
  • 52.5 Fuller around off, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 52.4 Aiden comes forward and defends it.
  • 52.3 FOUR! What timing! Shorter in length outside off, Markram rocks back and punches it through cover-point. The sweeper cover cannot cut it off and the batsman gets a boundary.
  • 52.2 Turns it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 52.1 Full toss outside off, punched towards deep mid on for a single.
  • Time for a change. Mominul Haque to bowl now.
  • 51.6 Shorter in length around middle, Elgar ducks under it. 235/0
  • 51.5 Angles across a good length ball outside off, Elgar drops his wrists and lets it go.
  • 51.4 Similar length, Elgar pulls it towards short fine leg.
  • 51.3 In the air but does not carry! Short again by Rahman, Elgar wants to pull it through but is late on the shot. The ball lobs on the bounce to mid on. Dean is starting to look a bit uncomfortable facing the short stuff.
  • 51.2 Shorter in length around middle, Elgar ducks under it early.
  • 51.1 Fuller in length around off, driven back to the bowler by Elgar. Rahman fumbles and parries it towards mid off but no harm done.
  • 50.6 Stays back and punches it towards mid on from his crease. 235/0
  • 50.5 FOUR! Whipped! Fuller on middle and leg, Markram takes a step forward and clips it hard between mid on and mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 50.4 Turns it towards backward square leg from his crease.
  • 50.3 Fuller on middle and leg, driven towards the long off region. A single taken.
  • 50.2 Punches one through mid on for a single.
  • 50.1 FOUR! Hit away! Shorter in length around middle, Markram gets under it and pumps it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 49.6 DROPPED! Shorter in length from Rahman, Elgar once again gets into an awkward position as he looks to pull. The ball lobs off the gloves and goes behind. He was into the pull but was too late to play that shot. The keeper leaps to take the catch but can only lob it to his left. The first slip fielder tries to catch it but he too fails to do so. A chance, a real chance gone down. The visitors need to take their chances, maybe he could have timed his jump better. 225/0
  • 49.5 Markram comes forward to defend but gets a edge through the vacant gully region for a single.
  • 49.4 Fuller in length around off, Markram pushes it towards mid off lunging forward.
  • 49.4 No ball! Sprays it outside off, Elgar pushes it towards covers for a quick single. He has overstepped and hence the umpire signals it a no ball. Replays show that the umpire got that one wrong.
  • 49.3 Angles it around off, Elgar defends it towards mid on watchfully.
  • 49.2 Good length outside off, placed towards covers from his crease.
  • 49.1 Too full on middle and leg, dug out by Elgar from his crease.
  • 48.6 Markram looks to go over mid on but mistimes it to the fielder. 222/0
  • 48.5 NOT OUT! But well done, Das! Mahmudullah bowls it down the leg side, Markram fails to turn it through and the keeper whips the bails off in a flash and falls over. It is referred upstairs. Replays find Markram fine and hence he gets to bat on.
  • A stumping appeal against Markram has been referred upstairs. Great piece of glovework from Liton Das but the youngster is probably safe.
  • 48.4 Floats it outside off, square driven towards point.
  • 48.3 Darts it on a shorter length around middle and leg, Aiden cannot clip it away and is hit on his pads.
  • 48.2 Flatter around off, Markram defends it from his crease.
  • 48.1 Elgar works one through mid on for a single to rotate the strike.
  • 47.6 Ouch! Shorter in length around leg, Elgar is happy to take it on his body and wears a blow on his shoulder. Markram calls him through for a leg bye. 221/0
  • 47.5 Full and outside off, driven to the left of cover. The fielder parries it to the mid off fielder who then stops the ball from going through. A quick single.
  • 47.4 Length ball around middle, Markram defends it from his crease.
  • 47.3 Fuller on middle and leg, turned through square leg for a single.
  • 47.2 Good length around off, Elgar defends it from his crease.
  • 47.1 Fuller and outside off, Elgar drives it towards covers.
  • Bowling change, Mustafizur Rahman comes back on.
  • 46.6 Fuller around off and middle, clipped to mid-wicket by Markram. 218/0
  • 46.5 Flatter on middle and leg, turned through square leg for a single.
  • Stat Alert - The last time both openers scored tons in the same innings for SA in a Test was in 2008 - Neil McKenzie (138) and Graeme Smith (107) both scored tons in the same innings vs ENG at Lord's. Interestingly, this was after SA were made to follow-on.
  • 46.4 Pushes this one towards mid off, the bowler goes to his right and stops the ball.
  • 46.3 Fuller outside off, driven through wide mid off for a single.
  • 46.2 Elgar drives it through the mid off region for a single.
  • 46.1 Flatter around off, Elgar defends it from his crease.
  • 45.6 FOUR! In the air.....but safe! A tad short outside off, Aiden wants to put it away and hence throws his bat at it. The ball bounces more and takes the edge. Thankfully for him, it flies over the slip cordon and runs into the third man fence for a boundary. 215/0
  • 45.5 Good length ball wide outside off, another mistimed punch by Aiden.
  • 45.4 Good length around off, Markram defends it from his crease.
  • 45.3 Angles a good length ball around off, turned towards mid-wicket from his crease.
  • 45.2 Length ball around off, Markram drives it back down the wicket. It is hit so straight that it hits the stumps at the other end.
  • 45.1 Good length outside off, Markram mistimes his punch back down the wicket.
  • 44.6 On middle and leg, Elgar turns it towards silly mid on. Two maidens in a row for Mahmudullah. 211/0
  • 44.5 Quicker around off, Elgar presses forward and defends it.
  • 44.4 Angles it around middle, Elgar comes forward and defends it.
  • 44.3 Dean lunges forward and blocks this one watchfully.
  • 44.2 Turns it towards square leg from his crease.
  • 44.1 Too full on middle and leg, Elgar fails to clip it through. The keeper collects it well.
  • 43.6 Good length around off and middle, Markram turns it towards the leg side. 211/0
  • 43.5 FOUR! Mark that down, Aiden! Shorter in length, Markram is waiting for it and pulls it with disdain through backward square leg for a boundary. That is his maiden Test hundred, he will want to make this a big one, you don't get runs more easier than this. His teammates are delighted for him and why not! He's showing he could be the solution to South Africa's problems at the top.
  • 43.4 FOUR! Sliced! Outside off on a length, Markram slices it behind point for a boundary. He moves to 97, his highest Test score.
  • Rahim is now holding his wrists. He dived on the previous ball to stop it. More trouble for the tourists.
  • 43.3 Rubel bowls a full toss outside off, Elgar drives it towards the right of mid off. Rahim fumbles and allows a single.
  • 43.2 Shorter in length around off, punched towards covers from his crease.
  • 43.1 Good length around off, Elgar defends it from his crease.
  • Time for drinks!
  • 42.6 Fires it on middle, turning back in. Markram flicks it to square leg. 202/0
  • 42.5 Quicker but shorter in length on off. Markram whips it to mid on.
  • 42.4 Works it with the spin to square leg.
  • 42.3 Gives it air on off, Markram defends it towards covers.
  • 42.2 Tosses it up on off, Aiden drives it back to the bowler.
  • 42.1 Flatter on off, Aiden works it to mid-wicket.
  • Mahmudullah is into the attack.
  • 41.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 202/0
  • 41.5 Angles it down the leg side, the batsman misses the flick and it goes through to the keeper.
  • 41.4 Back of a length on off, Aiden punches it through covers for a brace.
  • 41.3 Just ahead of a length on off, Markram lunges forward and defends it towards mid off.
  • 41.2 Good length on off, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 41.1 Shorter in length outside off, Elgar guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 40.6 Works it with the spin through square leg for a run. 198/0
  • 40.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.4 FOUR! 100 for Elgar! His 10th Test century! The man in form. A brilliant innings, he has been Bangladesh's nightmare. Islam serves him a half-volley outside off, too full in length so the spin is out of question. Elgar leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary. Back-to-back boundaries to bring up his ton.
  • 40.3 FOUR! He moves onto 98! Islam bowls it flatter on off, turns back in. Elgar waits for the ball to do it's part and then flicks it fine through the leg side for a boundary.
  • 40.2 Gives it a nice loop and lands it on off, Elgar drives it to mid off.
  • 40.1 Plays it against the spin through square leg for a run.
  • 39.6 FOUR! TOP SHOT! Delightful! Roy serves a fuller delivery on off, Elgar leans into it and drives it through mid off for a boundary. 188/0
  • 39.5 Fuller on the pads, Markram flicks it to fine leg for a run.
  • 39.4 Angles it into the batsman. Elgar works it on the leg side for a run.
  • Markram's bat comes from an angle and he also pushes hard at the ball. Better bowling and late swing might trouble him.
  • 39.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 39.2 Back of a length on off, Elgar guides it to point.
  • 39.1 Just ahead of a length on off, Elgar defends it off the front foot.
  • 38.6 Quicker on off, Markram defends it solidly. 182/0
  • 38.5 Flatter on off, comes in with the arm. Aiden defends it off the front foot.
  • 38.4 Full ball on off, Aiden drives it back to the bowler.
  • 38.3 Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 38.2 Floats it full on off, turning back in. Elgar flicks it through square leg for a couple.
  • 38.1 Flatter on off, skids off the surface. Elgar tries to cut but gets a bottom edge and the ball goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • Taijul Islam comes back into the attack.
  • 37.6 Attacks the stump, hoping for Markram to fall over as he tries to flick. Aiden plays it with a straight bat to mid on. 179/0
  • 37.5 Fuller outside off, Markram lets it be.
  • 37.4 Lands it on a length on off, the batsman blocks it off the back foot.
  • 37.3 Back of a length on off, Aiden punches it to covers.
  • 37.2 FOUR! Runs are flowing here! Roy bowls it just short of a length on middle, Markram whips it through wide mid on. Mushfiqur gives it a chase but the ball wins as it crosses the fence.
  • 37.1 Full and outside off, wanting the batsman to drive as he has a slip waiting. Markram resists the temptation and lets it through.
  • 36.6 Comes around the wicket and bangs in a short one. Elgar does well to evade it. 175/0
  • 36.5 FOUR! This time Fizz bowls it short which sits up to be hit as the wicket is a touch slow. Elgar rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 36.4 Bowls it on a length on middle, stays a fraction low. Markram gets it off the toe end as he tries to flick towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 36.3 Shorter in length, not short enough to get the pull shot out. Elgar short arm jabs it through mid-wicket for three. Good running by the batsmen.
  • Some field changes. Backward square leg in place now while the deep square leg fielder moves finer.
  • 36.2 Errs in line again, fails to build pressure. He bowls it on the pads. Aiden flicks it through the leg side for a run.
  • 36.1 Full in length on off, Markram times it to covers.
  • 35.6 Back of a length on off, Markram hops and punches it through point for a run. 166/0
  • 35.5 Edged... but way short! Roy lands it on a length on off, stays a touch low. Markram tries to defend but gets an outside edge to gully.
  • 35.4 Length ball on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 35.3 Shorter in length, does not bounce enough. Markram shuffles across and clips it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 35.2 Fuller in length on off, Dean eases it towards mid off for a run.
  • Another record - In 3 innings Markram and Elgar have put on 388 runs in 3 opening stands vs BAN this series. Combined, in 17 innings before this series this year, the total opening partnership runs was just 276.
  • 35.1 Good length, pitches on middle and shapes away a touch. Elgar defends it.
  • Pace from both ends now! Subashish Roy is into the attack.
  • 34.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 162/0
  • OUCH! Kayes has been hit on the knee as he tried to stop the ball. He needs some medical attention, let us hope he is fine. He seems to be struggling and he is walking off the field. Mehedi Hasan is the substitute fielder in his place.
  • 34.5 OUCH! That must have hurt! Good length on middle, jags away after pitching. Markram tries to defend but gets an outside edge which goes towards Kayes. He gets a bad bounce and gets hit on the knee as he tries stopping the ball. He looks in pain.
  • 34.4 A good comeback delivery. Lands it on a length around off. Markram defends it off the back foot.
  • 34.3 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Markram! This is even better than the last one. Mustafizur bowls it full outside off, a half-volley. Aiden leans into it and drives it through covers. There was a sweeper in place but he had no chance. Top shot!
  • 34.2 FOUR! He is dealing in boundaries here! Fuller in length by Rahman. Markram uppishly, drives it through covers and the ball races to the fence.
  • 34.1 Shorter in length on leg stump, Elgar flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 33.6 FOUR! A poor ball to finish! Short and wide outside off, sits up to be hit. A hit-me ball actually. Markram cuts it through covers for a boundary. 153/0
  • 33.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 33.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.3 Markram comes down the track, Islam sees him early and fires it outside off. Aiden adjusts and defends it.
  • 33.2 Shorter in length on middle, Aiden punches it hard off the back foot towards the bowler. Islam makes a half-stop but no runs conceded.
  • 33.1 Flatter on off, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 32.6 Flicks it to mid-wicket with the angle. 149/0
  • 32.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 32.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 32.4 FIVE WIDES! Mustafizur bangs in a short ball, he bends his back and gets it to skid off the surface. Elgar ducks under it and the ball beats the keeper and down to the fence. The umpire calls it a wide as the ball was way above the batsman's head.
  • 32.3 Flicks it with the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 32.2 Around the wicket and lands it on a length on off, a effort ball by the Fizz. Markram defends it off the back foot.
  • 32.1 Shorter in length outside off, Elgar guides it towards point to rotate strike.
  • 31.6 Flicks it with the spin through square leg for a run. 142/0
  • 31.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.4 Drags his length back outside off, Markram pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 31.3 FOUR! A gift but it still has to be put away! A full toss on middle, Markram with ease strokes it wide of mid off for a boundary.
  • 31.2 Floats it full around off. The batsman eases it to mid off.
  • Did you know this? Elgar has only been dismissed once this year by a left-arm orthodox bowler.
  • 31.1 Quicker on off, stays a touch low. Elgar off the back foot, places it towards cover-point for a run.
  • 30.6 Rolls his fingers over the ball and bowls it outside off. The batsman opts not to fiddle with it. 135/0
  • 30.5 Comes around the wicket and bowls a back of a length ball on off, Markram pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 30.4 Good length outside off, Aiden lets it be.
  • 30.3 FOUR! Errs in line and bowls it full on the pads, Markram is too good a player to miss out on those. He flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Very simple!
  • 30.2 Short and wide, hit straight to the sweeper at point for a single.
  • 30.1 A good start by Rahman. He lands it on a length on middle, angling away. Aiden guides it to deep point for a run.
  • Mustafizur Rahman will bowl from the other end. He has a slip and a gully in place.
  • 29.6 Drags his length back on off, Aiden camps back and punches it through covers for a run. 129/0
  • 29.5 Clips it with the spin through square leg for a run.
  • 29.4 Gives it air on off, too full but. Elgar drives it to mid off.
  • 29.3 Flatter on off, turning back in. Elgar with the spin works it to square leg.
  • 29.2 A high full toss, it may have slipped out of his hand. Markram flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. Islam is lucky he got away with that.
  • 29.1 Starts off with a loopy delivery on off, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • So, we are back after the delay and all set to get underway. Taijul Islam will continue his bowling. Markram is on strike to face him and Elgar is at the other end.
  • We're all set to get underway after the break. The men who matter are out in the middle. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram will resume their innings. But hold on... It seems we are going to have a 10-minute delay as the food for the Bangladesh team arrived late. That's a first!
  • ...Day 1, Session 2...
  • Both Elgar and Markram have scored fifties and should be eyeing huge scores since only they can get themselves out. The Tigers are being tamed like cats away from home. If they don't take an early wicket, it could be a long, long day for them. Wickets are the order of the day for them. The Saffas will aim to bat long, big and once. Join us in a while for the second session.
  • Brilliant session for South Africa! Bangladesh won the toss and did the hosts a favour by handing them the advantage of being able to bat first on this batting beauty. The grass before the game may have taken the tourists for a ride. There is no grass and there seemed to be no plans by the away side. They have been all over the place, unable to create any kind of pressure.
  • 28.6 Good length on off, angling away. He defends it off the back foot and starts walking towards the dressing room. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 1! 126/0
  • 28.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 28.4 Just behind a length on off, Markram taps it towards cover-point for a quick run. They are rotating strike so easily.
  • 28.3 Full in length outside off, inviting the batsman to drive. He resists and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 28.2 Back of a length outside off, Markram guides it wide of deep point for two.
  • 28.1 Back of a length outside off, Elgar pushes it through cover-point for a run.
  • 27.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 122/0
  • 27.5 Quicker on off, Aiden defends it solidly.
  • 27.4 FOUR! Fifty for Markram. The youngster brings up his second in as many matches. He too is continuing from where he left. This time he would want to make it big. He uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and flicks it through the gap between mid-wicket and mid on for another boundary.
  • 27.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 27.2 Full toss, drives it hard to the man at short mid off.
  • 27.1 FOUR! What a shot! Just shows how good a surface this is. Top, top wrist work. Islam goes wide of the crease and bowls a flatter delivery but shorter in length on middle. Markram rocks back and whips it through mid on for a boundary.
  • 26.6 Back of a length on middle, Dean flicks it to mid-wicket. 114/0
  • 26.5 Waste of effort from Rubel. He comes running in, bangs in a short ball but down the leg side. Elgar evades it.
  • 26.4 Bouncer! Elgar ducks under it.
  • 26.3 FOUR! This is too easy for Elgar! They are providing him freebies. A half-volley outside off. Elgar times it through covers and into the fence.
  • 26.2 Good length on off, Elgar defends it to mid off.
  • 26.1 Shortish in length outside off, Markram cuts it through cover-point. There is protection in the so only a single conceded.
  • 25.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 109/0
  • 25.5 FOUR! A gift but still has to be put away! A similar length to the last delivery but this time a but wider. Elgar cashes in on the width and drives it crisply through covers for a boundary.
  • 25.4 Fuller and outside off, Elgar drives it straight to the man at covers.
  • 25.3 Floats it outside off, turning back in. Elgar shuffles across and works it on the leg side.
  • 25.2 Flatter from over the wicket on off, Elgar with the spin works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 25.1 Loopy ball on middle, very full so the spin is out of question. Markram drives it hard past the bowler and down to long off for a run.
  • 24.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 104/0
  • Milestone alert - This is the fourth century stand by an opening pair for SA against BAN in Tests. Highest: 415 by McKenzie/G Smith at Chittagong, 2008.
  • 24.5 Shorter in length outside off, Aiden cuts it but not off the middle towards cover-point for a run.
  • 24.4 Lands it on a length, nips into the batsman a touch after pitching. Aiden flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 24.3 A better length, fullish around off. Elgar guides it down to deep point for a run.
  • 24.2 Shortish ball outside off, Elgar guides it to point.
  • 24.1 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched to the boundary! Rubel starts off with a loosener outside off, short and width on offer. Elgar has plenty of time to get back and push it through covers for a boundary.
  • Rubel Hossain is back into the attack.
  • 23.6 Gives it a nice loop on off, Markram mistimes his drive back to the bowler. 98/0
  • 23.5 Fires it on off, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 23.4 Drags his length back outside off, Elgar punches it against the spin through covers for a run.
  • 23.3 Shorter in length on off, Elgar shuffles across and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 23.2 Floats it full on middle, Elgar pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 23.1 Flatter outside off, goes on with the angle. Elgar guides it down through short third man and some good running from the batsmen help them to take two.
  • 22.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 95/0
  • 22.5 FOUR! Classy! Roy bowls it shorter in length around off, Markram has all the time in the world as he rocks back and punches it through covers for a boundary.
  • 22.4 Short and on leg stump. Too easy for Elgar as he clips it around the corner for a run.
  • 22.3 Good length on off, Markram taps it towards point and sets off for a run. The fielder is quick to the ball and hits bull's eye at the non-striker's end but the batsman has made his ground.
  • 22.2 Angles it into the batsman, Aiden plays it to mid on.
  • 22.1 Shorter in length around leg stump. Elgar works it towards square leg with soft hands for a run.
  • 21.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 88/0
  • 21.5 Plays it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 21.4 Drags his length back on middle, Markram punches it towards mid on for a run.
  • 21.3 FOUR! Excellent use of the feet from the youngster! Islam gives it air on middle. Markram comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Easy for South Africa here.
  • 21.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.1 Loopy ball on middle, Markram drives it back to the bowler.
  • 20.6 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 82/0
  • 20.5 Bouncer, trying to surprise the batsman. Elgar evades it quite comfortably.
  • 20.4 Full again on off, looking for an edge. Elgar drives it back to Roy who bends down and makes a good stop.
  • 20.3 Good length on off, Elgar defends it off the front foot.
  • 20.2 Fuller in length again on off, Elgar eases it to mid off.
  • 20.1 FOUR! Fifty for Elgar! His 9th in Tests. He has continued from where he left off in the first game. What timing! Beautiful! Roy changes the angle and comes around the wicket, lands it outside off on a length. Elgar punches it through the covers on the up for a boundary. That was extremely pleasing to the eye.
  • 19.6 Floats it full on off, Aiden drives it back to the short mid off fielder who scores a direct hit at the striker's end but no harm done. 78/0
  • 19.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.4 An arm ball on middle, Markram lunges forward and defends it.
  • 19.3 Drags his length back, around off. Elgar camps back and punches it past the diving bowler and down to long on for a run.
  • 19.2 Floats it around off, Elgar defends it.
  • 19.1 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Islam tosses it up outside off, offers width to Elgar. He leans into it and drives it through the gap between covers and mid off for a boundary.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Too easy! Roy tries to bowl a bouncer but without a lot of fizz! It sits up to be hit, Markram pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. 73/0
  • 18.5 Again hits the length around off, Markram with relative ease defends it.
  • 18.4 Fuller in length on middle, Elgar shuffles across and times it towards mid on for a quick single.
  • 18.3 Shortish in length, not very short. Markram picks the length early and pulls it towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 18.2 Good length on off, around the off stump, looking for an edge. Markram camps back and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 18.1 Roy comes running in and lands it on a length outside off. There is no swing on offer. The batsman covers the line and defends it.
  • 17.6 Quicker on off, goes on with the arm. Elgar prods forward and blocks it. 67/0
  • 17.5 Tosses it up, very full but down the leg side. Markram again flicks it fine past the short fine leg fielder. Rahman there gives it a chase and saves a run for his team. Good running by the batsmen.
  • 17.4 Floats it up on off, the batsman defends it solidly.
  • 17.3 Fires it on the pads. Too easy for Markram who flicks it fine down the leg side for a couple.
  • 17.2 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 17.1 Flatter on off, Markram defends it off the front foot.
  • 16.6 CLOSE SHAVE! That came back in sharply! Roy lands it on a length outside off, gets it to jag back in sharply. Elgar watchfully leaves it but it was very close to the off pole. A brave leave in the end. 62/0
  • 16.5 Bangs in a short one which bounces way above the batsman's head. Elgar watches it early and ducks under it.
  • 16.4 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Markram flicks it with the angle through square leg for a run.
  • 16.3 Shortish length around off, Markram punches it to the man at covers.
  • 16.2 Back of a length on off, angling into the batsman. Markram defends it off the back foot.
  • 16.1 Shorter in length, comes slow off the wicket. Elgar rocks onto the back foot and works it towards square leg for an easy run.
  • 15.6 Darts it on off, Markram lunges forward in defense. 60/0
  • 15.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.4 FOUR! Islam tosses it up on middle, but it is very full. Markram moves his front leg out of the way and hits it uppishly towards mid on. There are shouts of catch it but there is no one there. The ball races to the fence.
  • 15.3 Fires it on middle, Markram defends it solidly.
  • 15.2 Full toss, a gift on middle. Markram drives it straight back to the bowler. He will be dissapointed he did not put that away.
  • 15.1 Flatter on off, goes on with the arm. Markram prods forward in defense.
  • Time for some spin! Taijul Islam is into the attack.
  • 14.6 Bangs in a surprise bouncer on leg. Elgar ducks under it. 56/0
  • 14.5 Just ahead of a length on middle, Elgar drives it back towards the bowler who crouches down in his followthrough and makes a half-stop.
  • 14.4 Fuller in length this time around off, angling away from the batsman. Elgar with a lot of ease defends it.
  • 14.3 Roy pitches it on a length on middle. Markram tucks it with soft hands towards mid on for a run.
  • 14.2 Lands it on a length around off, Markram, off the back foot defends it onto the ground.
  • 14.1 Starts off with a fuller length delivery outside off, no swing on offer. Markram watchfully leaves it.
  • Subashis Roy is back on.
  • Drinks! A harmless first hour for the hosts as the tourists are making the same mistakes again. They chose to bowl first but are hardly bowling troubling lines and lengths. Rahim can continue to complain, as they wait for a wicket.
  • 13.6 OUCH! Shorter in length from Rahman from round the wicket, Elgar takes his eyes off that one and just fends at it. The ball lobs off the arm and flies towards the keeper. Liton moves to his right and catches it. There is a slight appeal but the umpire stays put as he had spotted that there was no bat there. 55/0
  • 13.5 Shorter in length outside off, punched towards point from his crease.
  • 13.4 Bouncer! Shorter in length outside off, Elgar ducks under it.
  • 13.3 Shorter in length outside off, Elgar defends it watchfully.
  • 13.2 FOUR! Another boundary! Shorter in length outside off, Elgar punches it through backward point. The fielder cannot cut it off inside the 30-yard region and Dean gets a boundary.
  • 13.1 Good length around middle, Elgar tucks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 12.6 Outside off on a length, defended watchfully. 51/0
  • 12.5 Fuller in length outside off, Elgar drives it on the up to the left of mid off. Rahman gives a chase and keeps the ball in play. Three runs taken, 50 up for South Africa. Back-to-back 50-run stand for the SA openers.
  • 12.4 Elgar comes forward and defends it.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Runs keep flowing! Shorter in length, Elgar picks it early and pulls it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. This is nothing bowling by the tourists. 7th boundary for Elgar already!
  • 12.2 Shorter in length around leg, Elgar ducks under it from his crease.
  • 12.1 Good length outside off, Elgar comes forward and pushes it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 11.6 Shorter in length around middle, Markram taps it towards short leg with a little hop. 42/0
  • 11.5 BEATEN! Angles it around off, Markram pushes at it from his crease. The ball holds its line and beats the outside edge. Bangladesh have bowled far too few of these.
  • 11.4 Shorter in length outside off, Aiden rides the bounce and taps it towards gully.
  • 11.3 Full and outside off, Markram lets it go through watchfully.
  • A bit of a halt. There is some movement behind the sightscreen.
  • 11.2 Shorter in length outside off, Elgar pulls it over mid-wicket for a single.
  • 11.1 Good length around off, Elgar defends it.
  • 10.6 FOUR! Rubbish delivery! Short and wide, as if the bowling has not been bad before. Markram has all the time in the world to crash it through the cover-point region for a boundary. 41/0
  • 10.5 Good length around middle, defended towards mid on.
  • 10.4 A touch short outside off, punched through covers. Good timing ensures that the batsmen run a couple. Nothing fancy by the Saffas so far.
  • The Bangladeshi bowlers are bowling with a scrambled seam which is not the correct thing to do on this surface. Need to keep the seam upright with the new cherry on a hard track.
  • 10.3 Good length outside off, Aiden defends it from his crease.
  • 10.2 Markram comes forward and defends it under his eyes.
  • 10.1 Good length around off, Markram defends it towards mid on from his crease.
  • 9.6 Catch it! Rahman bowls a shorter one around middle and leg, Elgar is a touch blinded by the angle and fends at it. The ball pops up but the bowler cannot get to it. Good over for a change. 35/0
  • 9.5 Snorter! Shorter in length around off, Elgar keeps his eyes on the ball and drops his wrists at the last moment to let it go.
  • 9.4 A tad short outside off, punched towards covers by the batsman.
  • 9.3 Good length around middle, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 9.2 Shorter in length around off, Elgar rises on his feet and defends it watchfully.
  • 9.1 Angles it around off, Elgar closes the face of the bat and defends it towards the leg side.
  • 8.6 Closer to the stumps, length delivery, left alone. 35/0
  • 8.5 EDGED! Good length outside off, Markram looks to punch it through covers but gets an outside edge. The ball does not carry to the gully fielder.
  • 8.4 Shorter in length around middle, turned towards square leg.
  • Poor work from Bangladesh! Rahim lamented his bowlers for not bowling well but he has shown no intent to correct them on the field. He is not talking to his bowlers, you can complain all you want but have a chat at least? And why choose to bowl after knowing that the wicket might get quicker as the game progresses? Bangladesh win a lot at home but if they play like this, they will win very less outside.
  • 8.3 FOUR! Pristine! Full and outside off, Elgar comes forward and just creams it through wide mid off for a boundary.
  • 8.2 Slanting across the batsman, Elgar lets it go through.
  • 8.1 Good length around off, Elgar presses forward and defends it watchfully.
  • 7.6 Fuller outside off, no shot offered by the batsman. 30/0
  • 7.5 Goes round the wicket and angles it outside off, Aiden comes forward and lets it go.
  • 7.4 Fuller and outside off, Markram shoulders his arms to it.
  • 7.3 Similar ball, similar shot, similar result. No run taken.
  • 7.2 Length delivery, slanting across the batsman, Markram is more than happy to let it go.
  • 7.1 Fuller and going across Aiden, left alone.
  • Change of end, as expected. Mustafizur Rahman to steam in from this end, two slips in place for him.
  • 6.6 Shorter in length around middle, Elgar ducks under it easily. 30/0
  • 6.5 Good length outside off, punched through covers for a couple of runs. Bangladesh have not troubled the Protea batsmen much so far.
  • 6.4 A tad short around leg, Elgar stands tall and tucks it towards the leg side.
  • 6.3 Angles it around off, Elgar defends it with an open face of the bat towards cover-point from his crease.
  • 6.2 Good length around off, Markram punches it towards mid on which is a bit deep and takes a quick single.
  • 6.1 Fuller outside off, left alone watchfully.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Good shot! Just drags the length behind by a small margin but it's still full in length. Elgar loves it and drives it back down the ground past mid off for a boundary. 27/0
  • 5.5 Full ball on off stump, Elgar stands his ground, leans across a touch and wrists it to the mid on fielder.
  • 5.4 Pitched up around off, driven back to the bowler by the batsman.
  • 5.3 Correct line this time, fuller around off, Dean comes forward and defends it watchfully.
  • 5.2 A touch fuller around middle, comes in a touch, Elgar turns it towards mid-wicket.
  • 5.1 Length ball around leg, Elgar lunges forward and turns it towards mid-wicket.
  • Another change, Soumya Sarkar is brought on for a bowl. Not sure of this bowling change, could be the need for a change of end?
  • 4.6 Length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman. 23/0
  • 4.5 Good length outside off, Markram gets in line and defends it from his crease.
  • 4.4 Fuller outside off, left alone.
  • 4.3 BEATEN! Good length outside off, Markram throws his bat at it and is beaten by the away movement there.
  • 4.2 Full toss from Rubel around leg, Markram closes the face of the bat and almost gets a leading edge back down the wicket.
  • 4.1 Good length around off and middle, Markram defends it from his crease.
  • Time for a change, Rubel Hossain to bowl now.
  • Milestone for Elgar! 1000 runs up for him in Tests in a calendar year. He is the first South African to do so after Amla achieved it in 2012. Dean is also the leading run-scorer in Tests in 2017, good going. Pujara is the second in the list with 851 runs while Amla is third with 810 runs.
  • 3.6 FOUR! No point running for that! Full again, on middle and leg, Elgar closes the face of the bat and pushes it wide of mid on for a boundary. 15 runs from the over. 23/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! Bangladesh struggle to improve! Fuller outside off, Elgar presses forward and drives it through the mid off region for a boundary. That was too easy for Dean.
  • 3.4 Shorter in length outside off, punched through covers for a couple of runs. Some good running gets them the third run.
  • 3.3 Same length outside off, going away, left alone by Aiden.
  • 3.2 Good length outside off, Markram defends it from his crease.
  • 3.1 FOUR! Nicely done! Full toss outside off, Markram gets low and drives it through the covers for a boundary.
  • A short leg in place, along with a mid on now.
  • 2.6 Shorter in length outside off, Elgar defends it watchfully. 8/0
  • 2.5 FOUR! Poor ball, punished! Too full on middle and leg, Elgar does not need second invitation. He flicks it calmly behind square leg for a boundary.
  • 2.4 Good length outside off, Elgar leaves it alone getting his hands out of the way.
  • 2.3 Bouncer! Shorter in length around off, Elgar ducks under it easily. Rahman does not look in any rhythm at the moment.
  • 2.2 Too full on middle and leg, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 2.1 Length ball around off, Elgar defends it from his crease. Rahman pulled up after bowling that ball, Rahim will hope he is fine, can't afford to lose him.
  • 1.6 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, pushed off the front foot to mid on. Roy starts off with a maiden! 4/0
  • 1.5 Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, shaping away after pitching. Aiden doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 1.4 Fullish delivery around off, nipping in substantially. Markram looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Roy appeals vociferously for some reason. There was clearly bat involved.
  • 1.3 Length delivery wide outside off, no movement as such. Markram points his bat skywards to let it go.
  • 1.2 Full length delivery around off, Aiden pats it back to the bowler.
  • 1.1 Roy begins with a loosener. Sprays it wide outside off on a full length. Markram doesn't bother to play at it.
  • Subashis Roy to share the new cherry from the other end. Two slips and a short leg in place.
  • 0.6 Fuller in length on off, shaping in. Dean comes forward and eases it to covers. 4/0
  • 0.5 Good carry on that occasion! On a length outside off, Elgar covers his off stump and makes a good leave.
  • 0.4 FOUR! First boundary of the innings! It was asking to be hit and Elgar obliged. Half-volley on the pads, Dean clips it nicely through backward square leg to find the fence.
  • 0.3 Good length delivery in the zone of apprehension, holding its line. Dean plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 0.2 This one swings in appreciably into Elgar. He covers the line and defends it off the inner half beside the pitch on the leg side.
  • 0.1 Right on the money! Starts off with a full length delivery attacking the stumps, a bit of nibble in the air. Elgar puts his head down and defends it calmly with a high elbow.
  • We are set to get underway. The weather is sunny and warm. Wonderful conditions to play cricket with a picturesque background outside the stadium. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram to open the batting for South Africa. Mustafizur Rahman to start off with the new cherry for Bangladesh. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • STAT ALERT - This is the first time since 2007 that South Africa do not have either of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander or Morne Morkel. Disadvantage South Africa? No! Advantage Bangladesh? Maybe.......
  • Team Changes - Four for Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal is out injured while Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam also go out. Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Subashis Roy come in. Meanwhile, there is one change for South Africa. Wayne Parnell comes in for the injured Morne Morkel.
  • TOSS - Bangladesh win the toss and opt to field! Strange decision again, maybe due to the green wicket?
  • The tourists on the other hand will know that despite their wins at home, it is only when they start winning outside that the cricketing world will really sit up and take notice. Mushfiqur Rahim was critical of his team's performance and will want to ensure that they put in a much better show. On a deck likely to assist the pacers, their task is only going to get tougher. Let's see how they fare. Stay tuned for all the action.
  • Hello, everyone, and welcome to the coverage of the second Test between South Africa and Bangladesh at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. The hosts won the first encounter without breaking a sweat and will be hoping for more of the same in this fixture. They are without their premier fast bowlers and the Proteas will be hopeful that the reserve pacers step up and do the job.
  • Bangladesh will know that they have been very poor in this Test with both bat and ball. They didn't apply themselves well enough and hence are in this position, trying to save the game following-on on the second day itself. They will bat for a short time today, hoping to not lose any wicket. Let's see how they go. The hosts are going to hunt them down, it seems.
  • South Africa have enforced the follow-on! Superb bowling performance by them. They have dismissed the visitors inside 50 overs for a paltry total of 147, thereby gaining a 426-run lead. It was Kagiso Rabada who led the way with 5/33. He was well backed by Duanne Olivier and Wayne Parnell. Liton Das was the only one fighting for the away side with a 70.
  • 42.5 OUT! Bowled 'em! Fast, fiery and accurate. 6th five-wicket haul for the youngster. He is a special talent and he has again proved why. Stepped up and rose to the occasion in the absence of their premier pace bowlers. Rabada bowls a pinpoint yorker in line of the stumps, Hossain backs away as he has done throughout his innings and looks to keep it out. However, it is too good for him and the ball crashes into the stumps. That's the final nail in the coffin. BANGLADESH ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 147!
  • 42.4 Full length delivery on leg stump, Rubel backs away and mistimes his slog to mid on.
  • 42.3 Back of a length following the batsman, Hossain backs away and dabs it to gully.
  • Rubel Hossain has taken a blow on his right arm and is in a lot of pain. It is quite swollen. The magic spray comes out. Bangladesh will hope that the pacer is alright.
  • 42.2 Ouch! That's nasty! Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Hossain looks to keep it out but takes a blow on his forearm. He walks away in discomfort and his ringing his hand. Always dangerous the way he plays, he has been hit finally.
  • 42.1 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 41.6 Tossed up this time, blocked watchfully. 147/9
  • 41.5 Flighted on off, Roy comes forward and pushes it uppishly towards Elgar at silly point. He reacts a bit early and the ball goes past him.
  • 41.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 41.3 Around off, spinning away. Subashis lets it go.
  • 41.2 Flighted delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 41.1 Floated outside off, Roy prods forward to defend but gets an outside edge towards du Plessis at second slip.
  • 40.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 147/9
  • 40.5 In the air... but safe! Hossain makes room to the length delivery and mistimes it towards Parnell at short extra cover. He leaps but the ball just goes over him. Two runs taken.
  • 40.4 Another bumper, Rubel sits underneath it.
  • 40.3 Fullish delivery attacking the stumps, Rubel attempts an agricultural slog but mistimes it to mid on.
  • 40.2 Hossain backs away to a good length delivery and swings his arms but gets beaten. That one swung late.
  • 40.1 Dug in short on leg stump, Hossain ducks under it.
  • 39.6 Coming in with the arm, Roy looks to keep it out but gets a thick inside edge down to fine leg. Two runs taken. 145/9
  • 39.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 39.4 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly.
  • Subashis Roy is the last man in.
  • 39.3 OUT! Gone! Another one bites the dust. Slow through the air outside off, spinning in. Rahman prods forward to smother the turn but seems to have got a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball lobs towards Aiden Markram at short leg who takes it and appeals confidently. However, the umpire stays put. Faf is confident as well and goes for the review straightaway. The replays roll in. It confirms a thick inside edge. The third umpire takes a long time to rule it out for some reason. Successful review for South Africa. Bangladesh are falling down like a pack of cards. They still need 231 runs more to avoid the follow-on.
  • South Africa are confident that Rahman has edge one onto his pads as he is caught at short leg. Review taken. Looks close, let's see.
  • 39.2 Strides forward and defends it with the spin to short leg.
  • 39.1 Stays back to the shorter delivery and blocks it.
  • Mustafizur Rahman comes out to bat.
  • 38.6 OUT! Rabada is so effective in breaking partnerships, rises to the occasion again! Liton Das departs after playing a brilliant knock. Back of a length ball on off, skids through the surface. Das goes for the pull but is hurried into it by the pace on that delivery. Ends up getting a top edge that spoons over the slip cordon. Faf du Plessis from second slip backtracks and so does Bavuma from gully. The skipper calls for the catch and takes it nicely reverse cup. End of a fighting knock by the Bangladesh keeper. 143/8
  • 38.5 On a length outside off, pushed firmly off the front foot to covers.
  • 38.4 Angling into Das, clipped to mid-wicket.
  • 38.3 Similar length delivery, angling in. Liton comes forward and blocks it.
  • 38.2 Fullish delivery outside off, driven crisply to covers.
  • 38.1 Fuller in length on middle and leg, played with soft hands towards short mid-wicket.
  • Rabada comes back for a bowl.
  • 37.6 Floated delivery, Hossain prods forward in defense. 143/7
  • 37.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.4 Hossain pushes another one to the same region.
  • 37.3 Fullish delivery, driven to mid on.
  • 37.2 Not out! Shorter in length, coming in with the arm. Hossain looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge. The ball lobs off something towards silly point. Dean Elgar stationed there dives to his left to grab it and claims the catch. The umpires come across and have a conversation. It is referred upstairs. The soft signal is out. Time for the replays. It shows that the inside edge deflected off the boot. Now, is the catch clean? No, it is not as Elgar didn't quite have his fingers underneath the ball as he tried to pick it up. A brilliant effort nonetheless.
  • A appeal for a catch at silly point is referred upstairs. The soft signal is out.
  • 37.1 Tossed up delivery, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 36.6 FOUR! Fourth boundary of the over. Loosener down the leg side, Das tickles it through the vacant short fine leg region to find the fence. 16 from that over. Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis are not happy one bit. 143/7
  • 36.5 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! The more he is batting, the better he is looking. Full length ball on middle and leg, Das clips it past the diving mid on fielder in flamingo style for a majestic boundary. There was some swagger in that shot.
  • 36.4 FOUR! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Das leans ahead and drives it sweetly towards mid off. Parnell dives full length to his right but the ball goes past him in a flash and through to the fence. Wayne is disappointed with himself.
  • 36.3 Strides forward to a fuller length ball outside off and strokes it to short cover.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Brilliant! Short delivery on off, Das stands tall and pulls it hard through mid-wicket. Great control in that shot and the ball races to the fence.
  • 36.1 Fullish delivery on off, Das checks his drive towards mid on.
  • 35.6 Slow through the air on middle, Hossain defends it tentatively. 127/7
  • 35.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 35.4 Stays back to the shorter delivery and blocks it.
  • 35.3 Coming in with the arm, Rubel prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 35.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Tossed up around leg stump, Hossain heaves it against the spin through wide mid on to pick up another boundary.
  • 35.1 Floated around off, defended off the front foot to silly point.
  • Time for spin again. Keshav Maharaj comes back for a bowl. A slip, silly point and short leg in place.
  • 34.6 Swinging in from around off, Das strides forward and with a high elbow defends it stoutly. He has looked so comfortable till now. 123/7
  • 34.5 Fractionally overpitched on off, patted back to the bowler.
  • 34.4 On a length on leg stump, stays a bit low. Liton clips it to long leg for another brace.
  • 34.3 Short delivery on middle, sits up nicely for Das. He pulls it with good timing through mid-wicket. Olivier near the ropes sprints to his left and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 34.2 Walks ahead to a length delivery outside off and strokes it sweetly to covers.
  • 34.1 Jagging back sharply from a length outside off, Das knows where his off stump is and makes a good leave.
  • Das has a huge smile on his face after that boundary for Rubel. South Africa have not quite bowled well after the first six wickets. Time to get back Rabada back?
  • 33.6 FOUR! Shot! That will give the tailender some confidence. Olivier comes around the wicket and serves a half-volley on middle and leg. Hossain drives it confidently past mid on to find the fence. 119/7
  • 33.5 Fullish delivery, swinging into Rubel. He drives it off the toe end of the bat to covers.
  • 33.4 Hossain makes room again and Olivier bangs it short on off. Hossain sways away from the line of the delivery.
  • 33.3 Fuller in length on off, swinging in. Rubel keeps it out on the leg side.
  • 33.2 Length delivery around off, Hossain makes room to play it square of the wicket on the off side but gets beaten.
  • 33.1 Olivier bangs this one short in line of the stumps, Hossain backs away to play an ambitious pull but it is too high.
  • Leg slip in place. The floodlights have been turned on at the stadium, the shadows of the stands are now really long and covering almost the entire ground.
  • 32.6 Similar length delivery outside off, Liton lets it go. 115/7
  • 32.5 Length delivery outside off, Liton pushes it crisply to covers where Rabada dives to his right to make a good stop. Denies the batsmen a run.
  • 32.4 Das again takes a confident stride forward and strokes this one to mid off.
  • 32.3 Fullish delivery around off, eased off the front foot to short extra cover.
  • 32.2 On a length outside off, pushed off the back foot to covers.
  • 32.1 Full length delivery in line of the stumps, eased to mid on.
  • 31.6 Full length delivery on middle and leg, Hossain prods forward to defend but gets it off the inner half beside the pitch on the leg side. 115/7
  • 31.5 Length delivery outside off, holding its line. Rubel doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 31.4 Close shave! That was a weird way to deal with it. Slower delivery on a length on leg stump. Hossain backs away and looks to block it but misses. The ball brushes his pad and just goes past the leg stump.
  • 31.3 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • Rubel Hossain is the new man in.
  • 31.2 OUT! The change of angle brings about the downfall of Islam! The spinner's resistance comes to an end and also the 50-run stand. Olivier steams in from around the wicket and bowls a good length delivery outside off, gets it to angle in prodigiously. Taijul stays back and looks to keep it out but leaves a big gap between his bat and pad. The ball goes right through there and disturbs the furniture behind. Duanne has his third.
  • 31.1 Length delivery on off, defended solildly off the back foot.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 30.6 Straying on the pads, clipped to fine leg for a run. 115/6
  • 30.5 2nd Test fifty for Liton Das! Back of a length outside off, Das taps it to cover-point for a run. Islam comes across to congratulate him. The entire Bangladesh dressing room is up on its feet. It has been an innings of substance. The top order needs to learn from him.
  • 30.4 Das look to clip this through mid-wicket, looking for a run but gets a soft leading edge down the track.
  • 30.3 FOUR! Shot! Shortish delivery around off, Das gets into position quickly and pulls it with authority past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. He is looking rock solid.
  • 30.2 Full length delivery outside off, a bit of nibble in the air. Liton eases it to covers.
  • 30.1 Fuller length delivery outside off, holding its line. Das plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 29.6 Almost! Good length outside off, Taijul aims to cut it but ends up chopping it behind the wickets off the bottom edge. 109/6
  • 29.5 A tad short around off, Taijul gets in line and defends it.
  • 29.4 Slants it outside off on a fuller length, Islam throws his bat at it but cannot connect.
  • 29.3 Full and angling on the stumps, turned through square leg for a single.
  • 29.2 Length ball around middle, Islam punches it through backward point. Three runs taken as the point fielder does well to chase the ball and keep it in play.
  • 29.1 Full and outside off, swinging further away, Islam looks to play at it from his crease but is beaten.
  • 28.6 Hurls it outside off, gets it to zip off the surface, Das is beaten as he comes forward to defend that one. Good over by Andile. 105/6
  • 28.5 Angles a length ball around off, pushed to covers by the batsman.
  • 28.4 Good length outside off, worked through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 28.3 Full and outside off, Das covers the line of the ball and blocks it.
  • 28.2 Full and outside off, swinging away, left alone again by Liton.
  • 28.1 Length ball outside off, left alone by Das.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo comes on for a bowl.
  • 27.6 Shorter in length, going across the batsman, Islam looks to dab it through but fails to connect. 103/6
  • 27.5 Shorter in length around off, Taijul rides the bounce and keeps it down.
  • 27.4 A tad short around off, Islam drops his bat and lets it go at the end.
  • 27.3 Good length outside off, tapped towards covers for a single.
  • 27.2 Good length around middle and leg, Taijul tucks it to long leg for a single.
  • 27.1 Back of a length outside off, punched to deep point for a single. Ideal for SA, they would want to bowl more to Taijul.
  • 26.6 Hurls it around off, on a length, Islam drops his bat and lets it go watchfully. 100/6
  • 26.5 Angles it wide of the batsman, Islam is not bothered.
  • 26.4 EDGED! Good length ball going across the batsman, Islam flays it wide of point for a couple of runs. 100 up for Bangladesh.
  • 26.3 Good length outside off, punched to covers for a single. Slight fumble by Phehlukwayo but no harm done.
  • 26.2 Full and wide outside off, no shot offered by the batsman.
  • 26.1 Back of a length around off, Das defends it from his crease.
  • 25.6 JUST WIDE! Shorter in length around middle and leg, Taijul fends at it. The ball flies wide of Markram at short leg. He has been very good in that area Aiden. 97/6
  • 25.5 Shorter in length around middle, Taijul defends it from his crease.
  • 25.4 Slants one around off, Taijul looks to play at it but cannot put bat to ball.
  • 25.3 Bowls it on a good length but down the leg side, Islam looks to tuck it through but seems to have missed it. The players appeal but the umpire stays put. Faf has a word with de Kock who is not confident enough. No review taken.
  • 25.2 Good length around leg, Taijul tucks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 25.1 Bowls it down the leg side on a length, Islam cannot clip it through.
  • Expected change. Duanne Olivier is back on.
  • 24.6 FOUR! Pristine! Full and outside off, Das comes forward and drives it through the covers for a boundary. He is really looking good out there. 97/6
  • 24.5 Fuller outside off, Das looks to defend but gets it off the bottom edge towards the slip cordon.
  • 24.4 Full and outside off, left alone by Das.
  • 24.3 Good length outside off, Islam slaps it through backward point for a couple of runs. Good running, gets them the third. He is starting to feel more comfortable. Maybe Faf needs to make a bowling change.
  • 24.2 Full and outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 24.1 Edged! Fuller in length around off, Taijul comes forward to defend but gets an outside edge towards gully.
  • 23.6 Fuller on middle and leg, Das aims to clip it through but finds Markram at short leg. 90/6
  • 23.5 FOUR! And again! Length ball outside off, Das presses forward and punches it through covers. Maharaj tries to stop it from going through but cannot do so.
  • 23.4 Shorter in length around off, Das defends it from his crease.
  • 23.3 FOUR! Sublime! Rabada bowls it outside off on a driving length, Das gets right forward and creams it through covers for a majestic boundary. He has looked at ease.
  • 23.2 Fuller in length on middle, Islam neatly turns it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 23.1 Shorter in length around off, nudged towards backward square leg for a single. A single early in the over? Strange.
  • 22.6 NOT OUT! Waste of a review by SA! Parnell slants it on the pads, Islam can't clip and hence nudges it towards fine leg off the pads for a couple of leg byes. Hang on, Faf wants a review. Replays show that the ball was clearly going down leg. Not sure why South Africa took the review. Since the ball was are missing the wickets as per Ball Tracker, they have lost a review despite the impact being umpire's call. 80/6
  • South Africa decide to take a review against an LBW decision. Taijul Islam is the man in question. Seems to be clearly going down the leg side.
  • 22.5 Good length around off and middle, Islam looks to defend but gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire signals an inside edge. Replays show that it was very high.
  • 22.4 Good length wide outside off, left alone by Taijul.
  • 22.3 Good length around off, nudged towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 22.2 FOUR! Just wide! Full and wide outside off, Das comes forward to drive but gets an outside edge which flies past the gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 22.1 Good length around off, tucked through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 21.6 Shorter in length from round the wicket, Taijul sits in his crease to let it go through. 71/6
  • 21.5 Good length outside off, Liton taps it towards covers and takes a quick single. Good ploy with just a ball left.
  • 21.4 Shorter in length around middle, Das is beaten on the pull this time around. The umpire signals it one for the over.
  • 21.3 Good length outside off, no shot offered by Das.
  • 21.2 FOUR! Top shot! Short by Rabada, Das is upto it and pulls it with disdain through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 21.1 Angles a full length ball around off, Das clips it nicely towards mid on from his crease.
  • 20.6 Full and wide outside off, left alone by Islam. He has a wry smile on his face. 66/6
  • 20.5 Shorter in length outside off, bounces more, Taijul looks to flay it away but fails to connect bat to ball.
  • 20.4 Good length around middle, Islam defends it with a hop.
  • 20.3 Shorter in length outside off, dabbed towards the slip cordon by Taijul.
  • Impressive Rabada! He has now become the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2017.
  • 20.2 Shortish and wide outside off, Taijul wants to slap it through covers but cannot connect.
  • 20.1 Good length around off, Islam defends it towards covers.
  • 19.6 Not this time, connects with his clip and takes a single to retain the strike. Not sure if that was ideal. 66/6
  • 19.5 Goes very full on middle and leg, Islam just about fails to clip it through.
  • 19.4 BANG! Welcome to the crease! Rabada angles a shorter length ball around middle, Islam gets into a tangle wanting to get out of the way. The ball lobs off his body to gully who collects and appeals. Nothing from the umpire.
  • Taijul Islam walks out to bat.
  • 19.3 OUT! Soft dismissals galore, here's another one for the away side! Rabada floats it outside off, Rahman is lured into the drive. Does not bother to keep it down and the ball flies straight into the hands of Parnell at short extra cover. There is a slight fumble but he holds onto the chance. Sabbir departs for a duck. Bangladesh continue to sink further. They still trail South Africa by 508 runs.
  • 19.2 Good length outside off, Rahman defends it watchfully.
  • 19.1 Back of a length around off, taps it towards the leg side from his crease.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Timing! Goes round the wicket and bowls a short one outside off, Das rides the bounce and punches it through point for a boundary. 65/5
  • 18.5 Similar ball, similar shot, similar result. No runs taken.
  • 18.4 Good length ball going across the batsman, no shot offered.
  • 18.3 Full and outside off, drives it towards mid off.
  • 18.2 Full and outside off, Das wants to drive but mistimes it back down the wicket.
  • 18.1 Slants across a length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 17.6 Back of a length around off, comes in, Rahman stands tall and defends it. 61/5
  • 17.5 Full outside off, pushed into covers by Sabbir.
  • 17.4 Good length outside off, wide enough for Rahman to leave it alone.
  • Sabbir Rahman is the new man in.
  • 17.3 OUT! Edged and taken! Rabada bowls it outside off, on a driving length, Kayes drives but without any footwork. The ball takes the outside edge and flies to the left of de Kock behind the wickets. He dives to his strong side and snaps up the catch. Ideal start for South Africa and Bangladesh are five down for nothing! Trail by 512 runs.
  • 17.2 Shorter in length outside off, left alone.
  • 17.1 Good length around off, Kayes defends it off the inner half back down the wicket.
  • We are back for the evening session. Imrul Kayes and Liton Das to continue their innings. Kagiso Rabada to bowl first up after tea. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • The visitors still trail the Saffas by as many as 512 runs. That's a mountain of runs and the job is only going to get tougher. Liton Das and Imrul Kayes will hope to stitch a stand and try to resurrect the innings. Let's see what they have to offer in the final session. South Africa will want to keep taking wickets. Join us in a while for the last session of the day.
  • No respite from South Africa! They are bossing the game completely. They first came out hammering with the bat and now have done the damage with the ball as well. After Faf declared with over 550 on board, both the new ball bowlers struck for the home side. Two more wickets fell for the away side as they were caught in two minds whether to attack or defend.
  • 16.6 Short of a length outside off, Das pushes at it but gets it off the outer half to third man. A couple taken. TEA ON DAY 2! 61/4
  • 16.5 FOUR! Good looking shot! Full length delivery around off, Das drives it down the ground past mid off for a boundary.
  • 16.4 FOUR! Just over Elgar! Length delivery outside off, Das strides forward and feels for it but gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies towards Dean at third slip who leaps but the ball goes over him in a jiffy and through to the fence.
  • 16.3 Fuller length ball on off, shaping away a touch after pitching. Das comes forward and defends it confidently to mid off.
  • 16.2 Parnell hits the deck hard and bowls it around off. Das points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 16.1 Well played! Back of a length deliver on middle, Kayes moves inside the line and tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • Time for the last over before Tea.
  • 15.6 Floated delivery, Das strides forward to block it. A tight first over from Maharaj. 50/4
  • 15.5 Straight again, eased towards short extra cover.
  • 15.4 Slow through the air on off, Liton lunges forward and smothers the turn.
  • 15.3 On middle and leg, defended solidly off the front foot this time.
  • 15.2 Drifting in towards the pads, Das lunges forward to defend but gets it off the inner half to square leg.
  • 15.1 Tossed up on middle, milked down to long on for an easy single.
  • Time for spin. Keshav Maharaj to roll his arm over now. A slip and short leg in place.
  • 14.6 Slanting across Liton. He doesn't fiddle with it. 49/4
  • 14.5 Similar to the delivery that got Mahmudullah out. However, Das doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 14.4 Back of a length on off, kept out watchfully.
  • 14.3 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • Liton Das comes out to bat. Bangladesh under severe pressure here.
  • 14.2 OUT! Bangladesh are in dire straits now! Everything is falling apart for them. Good length delivery outside off, some extra bounce on that. Mahmudullah shapes to force it through covers initially but the zip does him in. He is too late to bail out of the stroke. Ends up getting a faint nick behind and de Kock does the rest. Parnell is a happy man and why not!
  • 14.1 FOUR! Not the way Parnell would have liked to bowl his first delivery on a comeback. Fractionally overpitched outside off, Mahmudullah carves it through point for a majestic boundary.
  • Wayne Parnell comes into the attack. He is coming back into the Test team after a long time and will be eager to make his mark.
  • 13.6 Well-directed bouncer on off, angling away. Kayes drops his wrists and allows it to go. 45/3
  • 13.5 FOUR! Kayes is picking the gap at the moments! However, this is a good ploy from South Africa and they need to stick to it. Bouncer on middle and leg, Kayes pulls it uppishly past the left side of the deep square leg fielder for a boundary.
  • 13.4 Moves inside the line to a good length delivery and looks to tuck it in the same region but the ball brushes his thigh pad.
  • 13.3 FOUR! Well-controlled! Short delivery on leg stump, Kayes swivels across and pulls it with aplomb through the vacant fine leg region to find the fence.
  • 13.2 Similar length delivery in line of the stumps, Kayes hops and keeps it out to mid-wicket.
  • 13.1 Short of a length delivery around off, defended off the back foot to point.
  • 12.6 Length delivery on middle and leg, tucked off the back foot to mid-wicket. 37/3
  • 12.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 12.4 Back of a length on off, Mahmudullah looks to fend it off but the ball hits him on the shoulder. Markram at short leg shows great reflexes and dives towards the ball.
  • 12.3 Around the hips, Kayes whips it past Markram at short leg for a run. The replays show that Aiden had his eyes right on the ball but had to take his eyes off in the end eventually.
  • 12.2 Fuller in length on off, Kayes strides forward and defends it.
  • 12.1 Full length delivery on off, eased to mid off.
  • 11.6 Back of a length outside off, tapped to point. 36/3
  • Mahmudullah is the new man in.
  • 11.5 OUT! What a spectacular catch! Probably one of the best catches I have ever seen. Temba Bavuma, you little beauty! Short of a length delivery outside off, width on offer. Rahim hops and forces it uppishly towards gully. Bavuma stationed there dives full length to his right like a goalkeeper and grabs it one-handed. That was really traveling, almost behind him and to pluck that out of thin air requires some serious skills. His teammates run towards him to congratulate him. Ottis Gibson, the head coach and Charl Langeveldt, the bowling coach in SA dressing room can't believe it either! It looks all gloomy for the visitors now with the skipper back in the hut.
  • 11.4 Similar length delivery around off, played with an angled bat to point.
  • 11.3 Back of a length outside off, Rahim guides it intentionally to gully.
  • 11.2 Straying on the pads, clipped to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 11.1 Fullish delivery on off, Rahim drives it down the ground. The timing is not that good. The fielder runs after it and saves a run for his side.
  • 10.6 Short delivery outside off, Kayes shapes for the pull but decides not to go through with it. 32/2
  • 10.5 Good length ball on off, kept out watchfully.
  • 10.4 Another well-directed bouncer on middle, Kayes sits underneath it. The Proteas are breathing fire at the moment!
  • 10.3 Leg bye! Down the leg side, Rahim looks to clip it away but misses. The ball brushes his pads and rolls to backward square leg. De Kock himself runs after it and keeps it down to a run.
  • 10.2 Length delivery around off, Rahim strides forward and blocks it.
  • 10.1 Rabada runs in from around the wicket and bowls a short of a length ball on off, Kayes taps it to point for a brisk single.
  • 9.6 FOUR! Not convincing but the skipper will take it! Back of a length outside off, Rahim plays away from the body and gets it off the outer half behind point for a boundary. 30/2
  • 9.5 Welcomes Rahim with a brute of a delivery. Well-directed bouncer in line of the stumps, Rahim somehow ducks under it. That really took off.
  • The skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim comes out to bat. Bangladesh in a spot of bother.
  • 9.4 OUT! The short ball has done the trick! Good bowling from Olivier and he reaps the reward. He steams in and bowls a short delivery around the rib cage of Haque. He shuffles a bit, tries to fend it away but only manages to get some glove on it. The ball flies towards Quinton de Kock behind the stumps who moves to his right and takes a regulation catch. South Africa right on top!
  • 9.3 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and width on offer, Haque places it through cover-point. The ball rolls over the sawdust but still races to the fence. Good timing!
  • 9.2 Shortish delivery down the leg side, left alone.
  • 9.1 Good length delivery on off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Nicely done! This time he gets the shot right. Shortish delivery on off, Kayes is up on his toes and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 22/1
  • 8.5 Fuller in length in line of the stumps, played with soft hands beside the pitch on the leg side.
  • 8.4 Short delivery outside off, Imrul goes for a pull but misses.
  • 8.3 Kayes again pushes at a similar length delivery but again gets it off the outer half but this time to gully.
  • 8.2 FOUR! Streaky runs! Back of a length delivery, slanting across Kayes. He pushes at it but gets it off the outer half through the gap between third slip and gully for a boundary.
  • 8.1 That's a snorter! Well-directed short delivery on off, Kayes rises with the bounce, drops his wrists at the last moment and manages to evade it. Pretty well played in the end.
  • 7.6 As expected, Olivier bowls it short down the leg side, Haque points his bat skywards to leave it alone. 14/1
  • Time for a short ball? Leg gully comes in place. Interesting that it was Rabada from deep fine leg that pointed it out to Duanne.
  • 7.5 Around the hips, tucked around the corner for a run. Finally a run for Bangladesh after 21 deliveries.
  • 7.4 Short delivery around off, Kayes shows good technique as he drops his wrists to let it go.
  • 7.3 Back of a length around off, punched from within the crease to covers.
  • 7.2 Length delivery in line of the stumps, Kayes tucks it towards Markram at short leg who dives to his right to make a good stop.
  • 7.1 Full length delivery on middle, tapped with soft hands to mid on.
  • 6.6 Shortish delivery angling away from Haque. He plays inside the line to allow it through. A productive over for SA. 13/1
  • 6.5 Back of a length delivery on off, Haque stays back and defends it.
  • Mominul Haque comes out to bat. He played a brilliant knock in the first innings in the previous Test. Bangladesh need him to stand tall.
  • 6.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! Poor batting from Sarkar and he pays the price for it. He moves inside the line anticipating the short delivery. Rabada however bowls it around leg stump. Soumya tries to tuck it away but misses it completely to get his stumps rattled. The opener certainly got surprised. Rabada is up and running.
  • 6.3 Length delivery on off, Sarkar covers the line and blocks it watchfully.
  • 6.2 Fuller length ball around off, encouraging the drive. However, Soumya mistimes it to mid off.
  • 6.1 Fullish delivery on off, Sarkar plays it with soft hands back to Rabada.
  • 5.6 Good length delivery on middle, Kayes camps back and keeps it out towards the fielder at short leg. 13/0
  • 5.5 Bouncer but this time this time it is down the leg side, Imrul goes for a full fledged pull shot but misses.
  • 5.4 Similar length ball, Imrul places it to the same region.
  • 5.3 Short of a length delivery around off, tapped off the back foot towards cover-point. He looks for a run but the fielder is quick to get across to it.
  • 5.2 Brilliant bowling from Olivier. He steams in and bangs in a bouncer at 140.9 clicks on off, Kayes drops his wrists and manages to evade it.
  • 5.1 On a length on middle, clipped to mid-wicket.
  • 4.6 Fuller in length around off, eased to covers. 13/0
  • 4.5 Rabada is causing all sorts of troubles! Another bouncer on off, Sarkar is again in an uncomfortable position and somehow manages to evade it.
  • 4.4 Stays back to the length delivery and blocks it.
  • 4.3 Another nervy moment! Banged in short on off, Sarkar is in a tangle as he looks to fend it off. Gets some glove on it and the ball lobs towards gully. The fielder sprints in but the ball falls well short of the fielder. He had taken his bottom hand off.
  • 4.2 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Poor bowling! Back of a length delivery outside off, Sarkar gets on top of the bounce and slaps it through point to find the fence. That was the same region from which the fielder was moved.
  • A man at deep backward square leg in place now. The batsmen might be peppered with the short stuff.
  • 3.6 Good length ball on off, shaping away sharply. Kayes leaves it alone. A testing over from Olivier comes to an end. 9/0
  • 3.5 Slanting across Imrul. He doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 3.4 In the air... but safe! Follows a yorker with a well-directed bouncer on leg stump. Sarkar is caught off guard and just fends it away by taking his bottom hand off. Gets it uppishly to long leg for a run.
  • 3.3 Brilliant pinpoint yorker on middle, Sarkar is alert to it and jams it out. This is a great delivery to bowl to a batsman early in his innings.
  • 3.2 Length delivery around off, Sarkar plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 3.1 An optimistic appeal really! Full length delivery around leg stump, swinging away. Sarkar tries to clip it away but misses to get rapped on the pads. Olivier is the only one interested but the umpire stays put.
  • 2.6 A bit fuller this time around off, swinging away. Kayes knows where his off stump is and makes a measured leave. 8/0
  • 2.5 Short of a length on off, defended solidly off the back foot to covers.
  • 2.4 Slips this one down the leg side, Kayes looks to play it across but misses.
  • 2.3 On a good length on off, seams away substantially after landing. Kayes watches it carefully and makes a good leave.
  • 2.2 Shortish delivery, angling across Imrul. He drops his wrists to allow it through.
  • 2.1 Wicket-to-wicket line from Rabada. Kayes covers the line and defends it calmly down the track.
  • 1.6 Similar length delivery, Sarkar stays back and blocks it solidly. 8/0
  • 1.5 Back of a length ball on leg stump, Soumya moves inside the line and looks to tuck it away but takes a blow around his hips.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Cracking stroke! Shortish delivery, angling away from the southpaw. Sarkar stands tall and punches it past point for the first boundary of the innings. He is off the mark as well.
  • 1.3 In the zone outside off, Soumya doesn't fiddle with it this time.
  • 1.2 Loose shot! Very full outside off, pretty wide. Sarkar looks to carve it through square of the wicket on the off side but fails to get bat on ball.
  • 1.1 On the money straightaway! Fullish delivery on off, swinging in. Kayes jams it out off the inner half through mid-wicket for three runs.
  • Duanne Olivier to share the new cherry from the other end.
  • 0.6 Around the hips, Sarkar plays it towards the fielder at short leg who shows good reflexes to stop certain runs. 1/0
  • 0.5 Rabada loses his radar this time. Slips this one down the leg side and Sarkar misses his tuck.
  • 0.4 Almost an action replay of the previous delivery as Soumya leaves it again.
  • 0.3 This is good bowling, probing around that off stump channel. Rabada hits the deck hard and generates good bounce. Sarkar points his bat skywards to let it go.
  • 0.2 Back of a length delivery on middle, seaming away after pitching. Sarkar hangs back and keeps it out tentatively. Oohs and Aahs from the South Africans.
  • 0.1 First run for Bangladesh! Rabada starts off with a length delivery on the hips, Kayes hops and tucks it to long leg for a run.
  • That brings us to the close of the one-sided Test series. South Africa did what they do best at home while Bangladesh just got blown away. The tourists need to seriously work on their skills in order to utilize their potential away from home. The limited-overs series is coming up. The visitors are much more potent in that format and will need to deliver the goods. On the other hand, the hosts will look to continue their domination. Join us for the 1st ODI in Kimberley on 15th October at 0800 GMT (1000 local time). Goodbye and cheers!
  • Kagiso Rabada has been awarded the Man of the Match for bagging a 10-wicket haul. Excellent bowling performance by him. Meanwhile, Dean Elgar has been awarded the Man of the Series for his prolific run-scoring (330 runs) throughout the series.
  • Not sure of the mindset of Bangladesh. They never looked positive. Be it with their selection, giving a break to Shakib or Rahim's captaincy in both the games. They can win at home with ease but it is away that they need to show their resolve and grit to earn the respect they strive for. Hopefully the ODIs will be better.
  • The Proteas bowled the Tigers out for less than 150 in the first innings, and after enforcing the follow-on, replicated that stunning performance by knocking them over for a 170-odd score and winning the game and the series handsomely. Kagiso Rabada was the General, leading the attack in brilliant fashion. His stunning 10-fer was faced with zero answers from any opposition batsmen.
  • The inevitable has come to be. South Africa have won with absolute ease. Massive win for them, their biggest in Test match cricket. This was a meek collapse by the Bangladesh side, the players needed to toughen themselves up mentally and grind it out. Wouldn't be too harsh to say that the only thing Bangladesh won in this game was the toss. The strange decision to bowl first on a batting beauty cost them dearly. South Africa's massive first innings total, courtesy centuries from four of their top 5 batsmen was enough to get half the job done. Then, their bowlers did the rest.
  • 42.4 OUT! South Africa take the series 2-0! Full and straight, Rahman swings all around it and is castled. Three wickets for Phehlukwayo. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY AN INNINGS and 254 RUNS!
  • 42.3 Slower one outside leg, Rahman waits for it and keeps it out.
  • 42.2 DROPPED! Shorter in length outside off, Rahman slaps it back to the bowler. Andile Phehlukwayo looks to take it with his right hand but the ball pops out of his hand. South Africa won't mind the drop much at this moment.
  • 42.2 Full toss outside off, Rahman looks to smash it over mid-wicket but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The umpire signals it a no ball for overstepping.
  • 42.1 Shorter in length around middle, Rahman comes down and miscues his pull towards mid on. Rabada goes to his right from mid on and stops the ball from going through.
  • 41.6 Fuller in length for once, Roy drives it towards mid off from the crease. 171/9
  • 41.5 Back of a length from around the wicket, Roy gets out of the way in time.
  • 41.4 Shorter outside off, cut towards cover-point by Subashis.
  • 41.3 FOUR! More runs! Short and outside off, Roy swings his bat at it. The ball takes the outside edge and flies over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 41.2 Similar length by Olivier, Roy goes back to cut again but ends up chopping it towards backward point.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Crunched! Short and outside off, Roy backs away and cuts it hard through point for a boundary.
  • Faf du Plessis brings back Duanne Olivier for the final wicket.
  • 40.6 NOT OUT! Phehlukwayo responds with a yorker on middle and leg, Rahman fails to clip it through and is hit on his pads. There is a mild appeal which distracts the batsman. Dean Elgar scores a direct hit from gully at the striker's end and appeals. Replays show that Mustafizur is fine and hence survives. It's not over yet. 163/9
  • What happened here? Someone from the slip cordon sneaked in a brilliant throw to catch Rahman off guard. South Africa are confident. Let's see whether he is short.
  • 40.5 SIX! Shot of the last two days! Full and outside off, Rahman slinks down the wicket and thumps it over the long off fence for a biggie. Rahman has just hit the shot of the two Bangladesh innings combined.
  • 40.4 Full and outside off, pushed towards covers by Mustafizur.
  • 40.3 Shorter outside off, Rahman looks to pull it over mid-wicket but fails to connect.
  • 40.2 Touch short around middle, Rahman backs away and looks to cut but gets a bottom edge next to the deck.
  • 40.1 Good length outside off, Rahman looks to punch it through covers but fails to connect.
  • 39.6 Shorter in length outside off, Rahman backs away and places it over the slip cordon. The ball does not carry to the deep fly slip fielder. A run taken. 157/9
  • 39.5 Good length around middle, tucked towards mid-wicket by Rahman.
  • 39.4 Similar length, similar shot, similar result as well. Rahman cannot connect.
  • 39.3 Shorter in length around middle and leg, Rahman backs away looking to carve it over point but fails to put bat to ball.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is the last man in. There is a fly slip which is positioned quite deep and a third man in place. Faf du Plessis has done his homework, knows Mustafizur likes to cut a lot. Good captaincy, this.
  • Drinks! What a time to take them too. The writing is on the wall, just the last brush needs to be wiped off for the home side.
  • 39.2 OUT! 10 in the game for Kagiso Rabada, his third 10-wicket haul in Tests, all have come at home. Full and fast on the middle stump, Rubel Hossain cannot get his bat down in time and has his furniture disturbed. South Africa just a wicket away. Bangladesh still trail by 270 runs, just for the formality.
  • 39.1 Yorker around off, Hossain digs it out watchfully.
  • 38.6 Fuller in length around off, turned through backward square leg for a single. 156/8
  • 38.5 Hossain backs away and thumps it wide of mid off for a couple of runs.
  • 38.4 Fuller and around middle, Rubel shapes to clip but is hit on his pads off the edge. The players appeal but the umpire spotted the edge.
  • 38.3 FOUR! Edged! Outside off on a fuller length, Hossain hangs his bat out for it. The ball takes the edge and runs into the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 38.2 Bowls it around off, pushed towards wide mid off by Hossain.
  • 38.1 Fuller length outside off, swings away, Rubel is beaten all ends up on his forward defense.
  • 37.6 FOUR! Edged! Yorker again on the stumps, Roy brings his bat down in time. The ball squirts off the inside edge to the backward square leg fence for a boundary. 149/8
  • 37.5 Yorker just outside off, Subashis watches it closely and jams it out.
  • 37.4 Shorter in length around off and middle, Roy backs away and somehow lets it go through.
  • 37.3 JUST SHORT! Full and outside off, Roy backs away and looks to guide it through. The ball almost carries to the gully fielder. Roy not trying to hang around here.
  • Subashis Roy is the penultimate man in.
  • 37.2 OUT! TIMBER! Good length outside off, Rabada gets it to come back in, Taijul Islam backing away has no clue and just hangs his bat out for it. The ball crashes into the stumps off the inside edge. Nine in the game for Rabada. South Africa are blowing away Bangladesh here.
  • 37.1 Good length outside off, Islam backs away and pushes it towards covers from his crease.
  • Rubel Hossain walks out to bat.
  • 36.6 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Good length outside off, Rahman pokes at it from his crease and gets an outside edge. The ball carries nicely to Faf du Plessis at second slip who takes it to his left. South Africa just three wickets away now. 145/7
  • 36.5 Good length outside off, Sabbir defends it towards covers.
  • 36.4 Fuller outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 36.3 Fuller outside off, driven nicely towards mid off.
  • 36.2 Shorter in length outside off, Islam looks to pull but gets a top edge. The ball does not carry to the deep square leg fielder. A run taken.
  • 36.1 Fuller in length around off, Islam defends it back down the wicket.
  • 35.6 Short of a good length cutting back into Sabbir, he rises and defends it down on the on side. 144/6
  • 35.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 35.4 Fierce from Rabada! Bangs it in short on middle and leg, the left-hander somehow manages to sit down and evade. That was fast and rising quickly on him.
  • 35.3 Outside off on a good length, slanting away, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 35.2 Yorker fired on the stumps, Islam brings his bat down in time to keep it at bay.
  • 35.1 Sharp short delivery from Rabada, Islam ducks and evades.
  • 34.6 Similar ball outside off, no shot offered this time around. 143/6
  • 34.5 Length ball outside off, Rahman looks to defend but the away movement beats the outside edge of the batsman.
  • 34.4 FOUR! Top shot! Fuller in length around middle and leg, Rahman gets in a good position and clips it nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary. Gets off the mark in style.
  • Milestone alert - Kagiso Rabada becomes the 16th South African to take 100 Test wickets and the 179th overall in Tests. He achieved this in his 22nd Test, joint-quickest with Hugh Tayfield and Allan Donald amongst South Africans, the third best. Rabada is also the youngest to achieve this feat.
  • 34.3 Good length outside off, swings away, Rahman defends it watchfully.
  • 34.2 Shapes one away from the right-hander, Rahman is happy to leave it.
  • 34.1 Length ball outside off, left alone by Rahman.
  • Taijul Islam is the new man in.
  • 33.6 OUT! 100th Test wicket for Kagiso Rabada! Shorter in length outside off, Mahmudullah thinks runs and hence looks to run it down to third man despite the presence of so many fielders in the slip region. The ball carries nicely to Dean Elgar at gully who leaps to his left and takes a really good catch. He dropped a couple in the first Test so he will be happy with this one. Two quick wickets for the home side. The deficit is still 287 runs. 139/6
  • 33.5 Edged! Full and outside off, Mahmudullah defends it with soft hands which is why the edge does not carry to gully.
  • 33.4 Back of a length around off, Mahmudullah rides the bounce and taps it back down the wicket.
  • 33.3 Good length around off, Mahmudullah defends it off the outer edge.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Put away! Full and outside off, Mahmudullah strides forward and caresses it through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 33.1 Back of a length around off, Mahmudullah stands tall and blocks it.
  • 32.6 Angles it around middle, Rahman turns it towards mid-wicket. 135/5
  • Sabbir Rahman walks out to bat.
  • 32.5 OUT! Gets the wicket, the captain wanted! Good length ball around off, comes in with the angle, Das looks to leave but an error in judgement means that the ball crashes into the stumps. A wicket against the run of play. Das departs after a fighting effort. Poor leave really, given the movement and the set up was too obvious.
  • 32.4 Good length outside off, moves away this time, Das leaves it watchfully.
  • 32.3 Good length outside off, shapes in a tad, left alone.
  • 32.2 Fuller outside off, easy leave for Das.
  • 32.1 Fuller in length around off, driven to mid on by Das.
  • 31.6 Angles it around off, tucked towards mid-wicket by the batsman. 135/4
  • 31.5 Good length around off, Mahmudullah defends it.
  • 31.4 Pushes it through covers off the front foot for a couple of runs.
  • 31.3 Good length around middle, Mahmudullah comes forward and defends it.
  • 31.2 Shorter in length around middle, ducked under by the batsman.
  • 31.1 NOT OUT! Clearly not out! Rabada bowls it around middle and leg, Mahmudullah is beaten for pace as he looks to clip it. The ball goes off something towards Markram at short leg who takes it and appeals. The players are confident and hence du Plessis takes the review. Replays show that there was no bat there and Ball Tracker shows it to be clipping the bail on leg stump. Umpire's call saves a review for them.
  • Faf decides to take a review against an LBW decision. Mahmudullah is the man in question. Looks like it is going down the leg side, height is also a factor.
  • Kagiso Rabada comes back on. Faf had no option really with both Parnell and Phehlukwayo leaking runs.
  • 30.6 Good length outside off, no shot offered by Das. 133/4
  • 30.5 Shorter in length outside off, cut hard to deep point for a single.
  • 30.4 Good length outside off, just wide enough to be left alone by Mahmudullah.
  • 30.3 FOUR! Go fetch, that! Length from Phehlukwayo, Mahmudullah gets under it and heaves over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. That is a bold stroke from Mahmudullah.
  • 30.2 Length ball outside off, no shot offered.
  • 30.1 Full and outside off, at 128.3 kph, Mahmudullah drives it towards covers.
  • 29.6 Angles it around middle, turned towards mid-wicket. 128/4
  • 29.5 Full and outside off, driven nicely towards mid off by Das.
  • 29.4 FOUR! BANG! Parnell goes round the wicket and bowls it on the stumps, Das lunges forward and clips it in the air wide of mid-wicket for a boundary. Too easy for the opposition at the moment.
  • 29.3 Good length around off, Mahmudullah tucks it through square leg for a single.
  • 29.2 FOUR! Brilliant shot! Full and outside off, Mahmudullah comes forward and creams it through covers for a boundary. Scoring has been easier after the break for the tourists.
  • 29.1 Fuller outside off, pushed into covers by Mahmudullah.
  • 28.6 Good length outside off, Das offers no shot. 119/4
  • 28.5 Nothing ball outside off, not close enough to make Das play at it.
  • 28.4 Fuller outside off, left alone again.
  • 28.3 On a shorter length outside off, zips off the surface, Das plays inside the line of the ball and leaves it.
  • 28.2 Good length outside off, swinging away, left alone.
  • 28.1 Good length outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 27.6 Good length outside off, punched towards covers. 119/4
  • 27.5 FOUR! In the gap! Full toss outside off, Mahmudullah crouches low and gets it in the gap behind backward point for a boundary.
  • 27.4 Slants across a good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 27.3 Good length outside off, punched into covers by the batsman.
  • 27.2 FOUR! Crisp! Full and outside off, asking to be hit, Mahmudullah drives it square of the wicket through cover-point for a boundary. Runs are flowing for the away side at the moment.
  • 27.1 Back of a length around off, Mahmudullah defends it from his crease.
  • 26.6 FOUR! Hit away! Fuller and outside off, Das will not miss out and crashes it through covers for a boundary. 111/4
  • 26.5 FOUR! Nicely done! Good length around middle, Das clips it nicely off his hips through the backward square leg region for a boundary. That was pretty close to a no ball.
  • 26.4 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • 26.3 Fuller and outside off, this time Das square drives it towards cover-point.
  • 26.2 Full and outside off, driven nicely towards covers.
  • 26.1 Good length around off, Das comes forward and defends it.
  • 25.6 Good length around middle, turned towards mid-wicket. 103/4
  • 25.5 Back of a length outside off, Mahmudullah looks to defend but gets a bottom edge on the wicket.
  • 25.4 Shorter in length, comes in, Mahmudullah stands tall and defends it towards covers.
  • 25.3 Good length around middle, tucked through backward square leg for a single.
  • 25.2 FOUR! Good timing! Fuller outside off, Das lunges forward and drives it through covers. Markram hares after it and dives near the fence to stop it but fails to do so.
  • 25.1 Length ball outside off, Das looks to defend but gets an outside edge towards gully. Bavuma stops it with a dive to his right.
  • 24.6 Full and outside off, driven nicely towards covers by Mahmudullah. 98/4
  • 24.5 Stays in his crease and defends this one.
  • 24.4 Punches one back to the bowler from his crease.
  • 24.3 Full and wide outside off, going further away, left alone.
  • 24.2 Pitches it up outside off, gets it to swing away, Mahmudullah does well to defend it to covers.
  • 24.1 FOUR! Lovely shot! Fuller outside off, Mahmudullah comes forward and creams it through covers for a boundary. He leant really well into the shot.
  • Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl from the other end.
  • 23.6 On a length outside off, Mahmudullah presses forward and taps it to the left of point and takes off. There is a slight hesitation but no harm done. 94/4
  • 23.5 Fuller around middle, turned through mid-wicket for a single to get off the mark.
  • Time for play! LITON DAS joins Mahmudullah. Wayne Parnell to continue his over. Two slips in place for him. Here we go...
  • The morning has gone as most expected it to. Bangladesh were going to lose wickets, but that wicket of Rahim right at the stroke of the break was a big body blow. A serious lack of application from the Bangladesh batsmen has seen them lose 4 wickets in the first session itself. As things are panning out, it's only a matter of time before they're cleaned up. Unless, of course, a pair decide to stick in and grind the day out somehow. Remains to be seen if that comes to be. Join us for the second session in a little while.
  • 23.4 OUT! Parnell gets the big fish! Good bowling from him, kept probing in that off stump channel and has reaped the dividends. Length delivery on middle and off, straightens a bit after pitching. Rahim leaves it alone expecting it to angle away like earlier, but it just straightens slightly. He is pinged on the front pad and up go the Proteas in unison. Bruce Oxenford decides to rule it out. The skipper walks across to Mahmudullah and decides to challenge the decision. Time for the replays. Impact is in line, pitching in line and it is going on to clip the off stump. Since it is clipping, the umpire's call stays. Mushfiqur has to go back but Bangladesh don't lose a review. LUNCH ON DAY 3!
  • Rahim has been adjudged LBW but after a chat with his partner, opts for the review. Seems out to the naked eye.
  • 23.3 This one is a bit wider, third leave in a row by the skipper.
  • 23.2 Another one in the off stump channel, Rahim points his bat skywards to leave it alone.
  • 23.1 On a length on off, seaming away after hitting the deck. Rahim knows where his off stump is and allows it to go past him.
  • 22.6 SIX! Gutsy batting from Mahmudullah! Floated outside off, the tall right-hander dances down the track and lofts it over wide long off for a biggie. That was all about timing and grace. 92/3
  • 22.5 Outside off, eased to extra cover.
  • 22.4 Good judgement! Rahim makes room and drives it crisply to mid off. Calls for a run and completes it with ease.
  • 22.3 Tossed up on off, Rahim strides ahead to smother the spin.
  • 22.2 Coming in with the arm, Mushfiqur camps back and defends it stoutly.
  • 22.1 Fullish outside off, stroked to mid off for another quick single.
  • 21.6 Fullish delivery on off, Mahmudullah drives it to wide mid off and takes on Maharaj. The throw is at the striker's end but Rahim beats it with ease. 84/3
  • 21.5 Good length delivery, angling away. Mahmudullah doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 21.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 21.3 Similar length delivery on off, punched crisply off the back foot towards long off. Two runs taken.
  • 21.2 FOUR! Timing at its best! Back of a length delivery well outside off, Mahmudullah stays back and punches it gracefully through cover-point for a boundary.
  • 21.1 Slanting across on a good length, Mahmuduallah plays it with an angled blade to Bavuma at gully.
  • Wayne Parnell to bowl for the first time this morning.
  • 20.6 Once again he is right to the pitch of the delivery and eases it to short cover. 77/3
  • 20.5 Strides forward to the tossed up delivery to defend it confidently.
  • 20.4 Flighted delivery, Rahim drives it with the spin towards Faf at short cover who dives to his right to make a good stop.
  • 20.3 Tossed up on off, driven sweetly to mid off.
  • 20.2 Fullish on off, Mushfiqur puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 20.1 Drifting towards the pads, Rahim looks to clip it but gets it off the inner half past short fine leg. A brace taken.
  • 19.6 Tentative! Short of a length on off, Mahmudullah is caught in a tangle, keeps it out by taking his bottom hand off. 75/3
  • 19.5 Climbing on Mahmudullah again. He hops and rides the bounce nicely this time.
  • 19.4 Stays back to the short of a length delivery and defends it off the bottom half of the bat.
  • 19.3 Shortish delivery on off, rising on Mahmudullah. He is caught in two minds whether to play at it or leave it. Ends up fending it off awkwardly. Kepler Wessels on-air mentions that this has been the problem for Bangladesh. They have been indecisive with their shot-making decisions.
  • 19.2 Similar length delivery outside off, Rahim makes good use of the depth of the crease and punches it through cover-point. Bavuma from gully hares after it and keeps the ball in play. Saves a run for his side.
  • 19.1 Back of a length delivery around off, Rahim hops and keeps it out.
  • 10th over on the trot for Olivier. He is going well.
  • 10th over in a row for Olivier!
  • 18.6 Full delivery on the boots, Mahmudullah makes room and drives it back to the bowler again. 72/3
  • 18.5 Drifting towards the pads, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 18.4 Fullish on middle and leg, defended towards short leg.
  • 18.3 Slow through the air outside off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 18.2 Fraction short this time, tapped to point.
  • Mid off and mid on go deeper.
  • 18.1 Tossed up on off, Mahmudullah comes forward to smother the turn.
  • 17.6 Good length delivery, angling in and climbing on Rahim. He hops and manages to fend it off. End of another testing over, Olivier has been right on the money this morning. 72/3
  • 17.5 Banged in hard, Mushfiqur ducks under it to let it sail over him.
  • 17.4 Another nervy moment! Similar length delivery, Rahim again does the mistake of chasing it. Gets it off the outer half towards Elgar at third slip who dives to his right but it seems it didn't carry. The replays confirm that it dropped short.
  • 17.3 In the air... but safe! Back of a length well outside off, Rahim plays away from the body and gets an outside edge that flies towards gully. Parnell dives in front but the ball falls short of him.
  • 17.2 Another bouncer, Rahim sits under it nicely.
  • 17.1 Leg bye! Banged in short on middle, this time it doesn't rise as much. Mahmudullah looks to duck but doesn't keep his eyes on the ball. He is hit flush on the helmet. The ball lobs over the slip cordon. A leg bye taken.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Another really good shot! Short outside off, Rahim hangs back and punches it through cover-point to find the fence. 71/3
  • 16.5 Floated delivery, Rahim lunges forward in defense.
  • 16.4 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and room on offer, Rahim rocks back and cuts it through point. Olivier from the same region sprints after it, slides near the fence but only comes second best.
  • 16.3 Slow through the air outside off, Mushfiqur goes at it with soft hands and gets a safe outside edge to Amla at first slip.
  • 16.2 Fullish on middle, Rahim defends it solidly.
  • 16.1 Tossed up around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 15.6 Another poor shot, has been the order of the day really. Shortish delivery well outside off, Mahmudullah goes for a pull across the line but misses it completely. 63/3
  • 15.5 Another bouncer but down the leg side this time, Mahmudullah evades it easily.
  • 15.4 Well-directed short delivery to welcome Mahmudullah. He ducks under it in time to evade it.
  • Mahmudullah comes out to bat.
  • 15.3 OUT! Strangled down the leg side! Tame dismissal really. Back of a length delivery around leg stump, Kayes moves inside the line and looks to tuck it across. However, he only manages to get a faint nick behind. De Kock moves to his right and takes a regulation catch. Bangladesh are falling down like a pack of cards. They still trail by 363 runs with only 7 wickets in hand.
  • 15.2 Dug in short around off, Imrul sways away from the line of the delivery.
  • 15.1 Straying on the hips, tucked to fine leg for a run.
  • 14.6 Stays back to the shorter delivery and blocks it. 62/2
  • 14.5 Spinning in from the rough sharply. Kayes lunges to defend but gets it off the inner half to square leg.
  • 14.4 FOUR! Improvisation! Maharaj aims for the rough outside off, Kayes brings out the reverse sweep. Executes it well to hit it to the third man fence.
  • 14.3 Spinning into Kayes. He prods forward in defense.
  • 14.2 Floated around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 14.1 SIX! Well played! Good positive cricket from Kayes. Tossed up outside off, Imrul uses his feet and lifts it over long off for a maximum. The umpires check whether it is a boundary or a biggie. The replays confirm that it has hit the boundary ropes on the full.
  • 13.6 Short of a length on middle and leg, clipped to short leg. 52/2
  • Two slips and two gully in place now.
  • 13.5 Similar length delivery, played with an angled blade to gully.
  • 13.4 Back of a length around off, tapped off the back foot to point.
  • 13.3 Olivier decides to bang in another bouncer on leg stump. This time Rahim ducks under it nicely.
  • Mushfiqur Rahim was on the receiving end of a nasty ball. Got hit on the helmet and is quickly down on the floor. The South African players are the first ones to get to him and see if he's okay. The Protea team doctor is out to treat him. This doesn't look good, he fell holding his head indicating he's in pain. He had once received a similar blow on his helmet in New Zealand but he continued to bat. The umpires are near him. The substitute brings in a new helmet for him. Good to see him alright now. The skipper is a tough character. The crowd applauds for him.
  • 13.2 That's a serious blow! Bouncer on middle and leg, Rahim looks to duck under it but doesn't judge it well. He is hit flush on the side of the helmet. Straightaway he goes down on the ground. The South African players come to him. Let's hope he is alright.
  • 13.1 Back of a length delivery on off, tapped to point with an open face of the bat.
  • 12.6 Shorter in length around off, punched to covers from the crease. 51/2
  • Drinks break!
  • 12.5 NOT OUT! Good decision by the umpire! Flatter on middle and leg by Maharaj, Rahim looks to clip it off his back foot but is hit on his pads. The players are more than confident and hence du Plessis goes for the review. Rahim was pointing to the umpire that he could see two stumps so it should be missing the stumps. My colleague spots that the ball hit Rahim on the front pad first so the batsman will be saved. The replays confirm the same. The ball is clipping the stumps, the review is not lost but Rahim survives. Good call by my colleague, there. He would make a good umpire.
  • Review! An lbw decision against Mushfiqur Rahim has asked to be referred upstairs by Faf du Plessis. The Bangladesh captain doesn't seem to be in trouble to the naked eye. Let's see what the replays show...
  • 12.4 Floats it around off, Rahim comes forward and defends it.
  • 12.3 Fuller outside off, pushed towards covers by Rahim.
  • 12.2 Darts it on the pads, clipped towards fine leg for a couple of runs.
  • 12.1 Fuller on middle, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • Time for spin! Keshav Maharaj to roll his arm over.
  • 11.6 Good length around off, Kayes comes forward and punches it towards covers. 49/2
  • 11.5 Short ball around middle and leg, Kayes gets out of the way in time.
  • 11.4 Bouncer! Shorter in length around middle, Imrul ducks under it.
  • 11.3 FOUR! In the gap! Shorter in length around middle, Imrul Kayes pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 11.2 Good length around off, Kayes punches it to covers.
  • 11.1 Shorter in length around leg, tucked towards mid-wicket.
  • 10.6 Fuller outside off, Rahim shapes to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 45/2
  • 10.5 Shorter in length around middle, Rahim ducks under it in time.
  • 10.4 Back of a length around off, Rahim defends it off his crease.
  • 10.3 FOUR! Edged! Good length outside off, Rahim pokes at it and gets an outside edge. The ball goes past Elgar at third slip and runs into the third man fence.
  • 10.2 Angles it around off, pushed back to the bowler by Rahim.
  • 10.1 Shorter in length around off, Kayes pulls it over square leg for a single.
  • 9.6 Bang! Olivier bangs it short around middle, Imrul looks to tuck but gets it off the gloves towards fine leg for a single. 40/2
  • Rabada on song! He has taken four of the last five wickets to fall for Bangladesh. He dismissed Liton Das and Rubel Hossain in the first innings. Now, he has sent Sarkar and Haque back to the hut.
  • 9.5 Ouch! Shorter in length around middle, Kayes lets it hit him. The ball brushes his body and runs into the fine leg fence for a boundary. Signaled a dead ball as the batsman was not offering a shot.
  • 9.4 BEATEN! Angles a good length around off, Imrul looks to defend with no footwork but is beaten. Bangladesh are going nowhere with this batting.
  • 9.3 FOUR! BOOM! Shorter in length around middle and leg, Kayes goes for the pull shot but gets it off the edge to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 9.2 Since runs have not been easy to come by, South Africa gift five! Shorter in length around off and middle, Rahim tucks it towards mid-wicket. Kayes calls him through for a quick single. There is a wild throw at the bowler's end by Markram who went after it from forward short leg. Rahim would have been out had he hit, Parnell backing up at cover cannot stop it and hence Rahim gets five extra runs.
  • 9.1 Short ball around leg, tucked wide of the forward short leg fielder for a single. The umpire signals it a leg bye.
  • 8.6 Bowls a very full ball around middle, Rahim is up to it and keeps it out watchfully. 29/2
  • Mushfiqur Rahim comes out to bat with his side under a lot of pressure.
  • 8.5 OUT! GONE! Wicket number 2 for South Africa in quick succession. Bangladesh already starting to fall apart here. Losing wickets to poor shots too, not good at all. Rabada brings out the short one again and Mominul Haque takes the pull shot on. Connects well too, but finds Maharaj at deep mid-wicket. He was positioned there specifically for this, the batsman saw he was there too. No idea why he played that shot. Mominul departs, South Africa on the charge here.
  • Interesting to see Bangladesh take on the short stuff. It was shown yesterday that the South African bowlers were relatively lot quicker off the pitch compared to the Bangladesh pacers. The trajectory of the short ball means that the Bangladesh batsmen are picking them very late which is why they have not been able to control the shot. Olivier and Rabada both have a quick-arm action and hence, their short balls are deceptive.
  • 8.4 Good length outside off, squares up Haque who pokes at it. Gets a couple of runs towards point.
  • 8.3 Four Leg Byes! BANG! Watch the ball, mate! Rabada bowls a short ball around middle, Haque is late to complete his duck. The ball deflects off the helmet and runs into the fence. That is signaled as four leg byes.
  • 8.2 Here comes the short one outside off, Haque plays inside the line of the ball and lets it go.
  • 8.1 Double bluff first ball! Pitches it full and around off, Haque has his weight behind but gets decently forward to pat it back to the bowler.
  • Faf du Plessis is having a chat with Rabada. Expect more short balls with the field. There is a leg gully and deep mid-wicket in place.
  • 7.6 Back of a length outside off, Imrul rides the bounce and taps it towards covers. 23/1
  • 7.5 Shorter in length around middle and leg, Kayes stands tall and defends it.
  • 7.4 Good length around off, punched towards covers.
  • 7.3 Banged in short around off, Kayes wants to pull it to Bangladesh but cannot connect. You do not need to play at those. The Tigers need to be careful and pick the right balls to attack.
  • 7.2 Short again, Mominul pulls it towards deep backward square leg for a single. They are taking on the short balls here.
  • 7.1 Shorter in length around off, Haque pulls it but finds the forward short leg fielder. Markram has been really good. This time his right leg did the job.
  • 6.6 Shorter in length around middle, Kayes ducks under it. 22/1
  • 6.5 Good length around off, punched towards mid off by the batsman.
  • 6.4 Good length around middle, turned towards mid-wicket by Imrul.
  • 6.3 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • Rabada loses control of the ball in his delivery stride and follows it up quickly to grab it and gets back.
  • 6.2 Good length around off, tapped towards covers by Kayes from his crease.
  • 6.1 Fuller in length outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Well timed! Shorter in length around middle, Haque gets on top of it and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. Good shot, that. 22/1
  • 5.5 A length ball around middle, Haque looks to pull it but is late by a year on it. Gets hit on the box. That ball was nowhere around to be pulled.
  • 5.4 Good length around middle, slapped through square leg for a single.
  • 5.3 Snorter! Olivier hurls it short around middle and leg, Kayes has to get out of the way in time to let it go. Had he been even a touch late, he would have not been alive. That was seriously fast!
  • 5.2 Is that out? Nope! Olivier bangs it short around leg, Kayes shapes to clip it but seems to have missed it. The keeper takes the catch and appeals. The umpire stays put. Faf thinks about the review but de Kock is not sure. Replays show that it brushed the shirt of Imrul on the way.
  • 5.1 Fuller in length around leg, clipped straight to Maharaj at mid-wicket.
  • 4.6 Slants it on the pads, turned through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 17/1
  • 4.5 Banged in short on middle, Haque defends it watchfully with a nice little hop.
  • 4.4 Shorter in length outside off, Haque gets out of the way in time.
  • 4.3 Fuller in length around middle, clipped through square leg for a couple of runs by Mominul.
  • Mominul Haque comes out to bat.
  • 4.2 OUT! Poor shot! Length ball outside off, Sarkar should not be playing at those but he hangs his bat out for it. The ball takes the outside edge and carries nicely to Faf du Plessis at second slip. The skipper dives to his right and takes the catch easily. Poor run of form continues for Soumya and that is also the 50th Test wicket for Rabada in 2017!
  • 4.1 Back of a length around off, Sarkar gets behind the line of the ball and defends it.
  • 3.6 Shorter again at 143.2 clicks, Kayes does well to control his tuck shot. The ball falls well short of Markram at forward short leg. 13/0
  • 3.5 Good length around middle, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 3.4 Bangs in a short one around middle, Imrul sways out of the way in time to let it go.
  • 3.3 This time Sarkar tucks it behind square leg for a single.
  • 3.2 Has he taken it? Nope! Shorter in length around middle and leg, Sarkar looks to clip but hits it straight to forward short leg. Markram stationed there goes to his left, takes it but the ball pops out as he lands. Good on him to not claim it. He has been really good at that position.
  • 3.1 Good length around leg, Sarkar aims to clip but misses.
  • 2.6 Shorter in length around middle, Kayes sits and lets it go over him. 12/0
  • 2.5 Goes round the wicket and angles it around off, holds its line, Kayes shoulders his arms to it.
  • 2.4 Fullish on the pads, Kayes shapes to clip but fails to connect and is hit on his pads. Stifled appeal turned down.
  • 2.3 Shorter in length outside off, Kayes gets out of the way in time.
  • 2.2 Fuller and outside off, driven through covers for a single by Sarkar.
  • 2.1 Good length outside off, goes away, left alone by Sarkar.
  • Kagiso Rabada to bowl from the other end. Similar field for him.
  • 1.6 Fullish around middle, turned through mid-wicket from the crease. 11/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Pristine! Full and outside off, Kayes comes forward and drives it through mid off for a boundary. Superb start to the day for Bangladesh.
  • 1.4 Good length around middle, pushed towards covers from the crease.
  • 1.3 Fuller in length around middle, Kayes drives it back down the wicket to the bowler.
  • Time for play! Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes stride out to bat. Duanne Olivier to complete his over, he has three slips and a backward point in place. 98 overs to be played. Bright sunshine at the ground but not in the minds of the tourists. Here we go....
  • The Tigers have been below par in this series and the trend continued yesterday too. Nobody cared to apply themselves on this batting beauty apart from Liton Das. Mushfiqur Rahim will hope that his teammates have learnt a lesson and don't repeat their mistakes today. Can they bat themselves out of this position? Looks unlikely. Let's see how well they fight it out, if at all.....
  • Hello everyone and welcome to the coverage of what could be the final day of this Test series between South Africa and Bangladesh in Bloemfontein. The hosts need just 10 wickets to win the Test and the series 2-0 after two clinical days of cricket. Everyone has stepped up for them and having asked the visitors to follow-on, the pressure will be on the away side to make a match out of this.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • The Protea bowling attack stepped up as well and dismissed Bangladesh for a meager 147. Kagiso Rabada was the star taking his 6th five-wicket haul, becoming the leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2017. The visitors have a steep task ahead of them as they still trail the hosts by 419 runs. Day 3 might prove to be the final day itself unless the tourists put in an inspirational performance. Join us tomorrow at 1000 local (0800 GMT) to catch all the action. Goodbye and cheers!
  • Another terrific day for South Africa at office! Bangladesh have managed to survive the 1.2 overs but they are in dire straits at the moment. It was a dismal batting performance from them once again as most of the batsmen gifted their wickets away. Only Liton Das looked at ease, scoring a sublime half century, registering his highest Test score as well. Earlier, there was a rain delay in the morning. After that, the hosts pressed the accelerator, declaring at 573/4. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis scored magnificent tons.
  • 1.2 Ouch! Shorter in length around leg, comes in, Kayes looks to leave but then the ball follows him and hits him on the body. Kayes calls for the physio to attend him and it puts off the umpire Bruce Oxenford. He comes over and expecting further delay, he signals for stumps. Markram is not pleased and lets it known to Imrul. That's STUMPS, DAY 2!
  • 1.1 Fuller in length but on the pads, Sarkar clips it towards fine leg for a single to get off the mark.
  • Duanne Olivier to bowl from the other end. After the last ball of the first over, Kayes told Bruce Oxenford that he is having difficulty sighting the ball. However, the umpire feels that the light is good enough to continue.
  • 0.6 Another bumper by Rabada, Imrul ducks under it in time. 6/0
  • 0.5 FOUR! Crashed! Full and outside off, Kayes stands tall and crashes it wide of mid off for a boundary. That actually went through the hands of Parnell at mid off.
  • 0.4 Bouncer! Bumper by Rabada, left alone by Kayes.
  • 0.3 Edged! Fuller outside off, Kayes comes forward to defend but gets an outside edge towards third man. Sarkar wanted the third but not Kayes.
  • 0.2 A touch short around off, Kayes gets in line of it and defends it down the wicket.
  • 0.1 Good length outside off, Kayes leaves it all alone.


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119