South Africa continued their dominance on Day 3 at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth as they first bundled out Bangladesh for 217 runs, taking a first-innings lead of 236, and then scored 176/6 before declaring their second innings. Chasing a mammoth target of 413 runs, Bangladesh lost Mahmudul Hasan Joy (0) in the first over itself. Keshav Maharaj claimed his wicket. The spinner then returned in his next over to dismiss Najmul Hossain Shanto (7). Before the day could end Simon Harmer dismissed Tamim Iqbal to reduce Bangladesh to 27/3 at Stumps. Follow highlights of SA vs BAN.
9:21 PM IST: Stumps
With the wicket of Tamim, it is Stumps on Day 3. Bangladesh need 386 more to win with 7 wickets in hand and 6 sessions of play remaining.
BAN 217 & 27/3 (9.1)
9:20 PM IST: Wicket
Tamim Iqbal is gone for 13 runs. How can Simon Harmer stay behind when his partner Keshav Maharaj picked two wickets.
BAN 27/3 (9.1)
9:00 PM IST: Wicket
2.2 - Keshav Maharaj strikes again! Najmul Hossain Shanto is his lastest victim. Umpire was convinced with the LBW appeal, still Shanto reviewed it. The ball was found to be clipping the leg stump.
BAN 16/2 (3)
8:54 PM IST: SA Strike Early
0.3 - Mahmudul Hasan Joy is out. Keshav Maharaj strikes on the third ball of his first over. This is a superb start for South Africa. Maharaj pitched it with an angle in front of Mahmudul but look at the turn the ball got from the surface! Amazing! All Mahmudul could do is to edge the ball to slip.
BAN 6/1 (1)
8:40 PM IST: SA Declare At 176/6
South Africa have declared their innings and set a target of 413 runs for Bangladesh to win the second Test. The Proteas batters scored at a rate of 4.42 runs per over in the second innings. Really impressive.
SA 453 & 176/6 declared (39.5)
8:15 PM IST: Wicket
Mehidy Hasan caught Temba Bavuma plumb in front of the stumps. Umpire gave it out and Bavuma reviewed it to see South Africa lose one review.
SA 154/5 (35.4)
8:13 PM IST: Runs For SA
South Africa have scored 35 runs in the last five overs. The intent is clear from them. They are going for runs. Rightly so as their lead is now of 390 runs.
SA 154/4 (35)
7:47 PM IST: Success For BAN
Taijul Islam gets Ryan Rickelton caught by Mominul Haque for 12. 10th in the match for Taijul. SA 119/4 (30)
7:34 PM IST: Lead Crosses 350
South Africa's lead crosses 350. The stand between Temba Bavuma and Ryan Rickelton has grown to 27 now. SA 117/3 (28)
7:18 PM IST: Century For South Africa
100 up for South Africa. Temba Bavuma and Ryan Rickelton are batting in the middle. SA 109/3 (23)
6:56 PM IST: Erwee Departs
Khaled Ahmed gets the prized wicket of Sarel Erwee. The opener is caught by Mominul Haque for 41. SA 91/3 (21)
6:29 PM IST: Taijul Strikes Again
Another wicket for Taijul Islam in the match. Keegan Petersen is LBW for 14. Ninth scalp for the left-arm spinner in the game. SA 84/2 (19.4). Tea has been taken.
6:23 PM IST: Sarel Leads The Charge
Sarel Erwee is leading the South African charge. The left-hander surpassed his first innings score and looks all set for a brilliant fifty. SA 84/1 (18)
5:59 PM IST: 7th Wicket For Taijul
First success for Bangladesh in second innings. After his 6-fer in the first essay, Taijul Islam picks his seventh wicket in the match. Deal Elgar is clean bowled for 26, horrible shot from the South African captain. SA 65/1 (12). South Africa's lead cross 300.
5:45 PM IST: 50 Up For SA
Fifty up for South Africa. Sarel Erwee is batting on 24 while Dean Elgar is unbeaten on 22. SA 50/0 (9)
5:29 PM IST: Good Start
Brilliant start by the South African openers. Bangladesh bowlers look listless once again and both Sarel Erwee and Dean Elgar are hitting the opposition at will. SA 41/0 (7)
5:01 PM IST: SA Start Again
Sarel Erwee takes the strike while Dean Elgar is on the other end. Ebadot Hossain will the ball for Bangladesh. Two fours to start off the over. SA 8/0 (1)
4:49 PM IST: Innings Break
Simon Harmer on and he gets the last wicket. Ebadot Hossain swings hard and is caught by Lizaad Williams. He goes for a two-ball dot. Bangladesh concede a 236-run first innings lead to South Africa. BAN - 217 (74.2) all out.
Mushfiqur Rahim, the highest scorer with 51 off 136. Simon Harmer and Wiaan Mulder got three wickets each.
4:45 PM IST: 9 Down
Keshav Maharaj continues. Mehidy Hasan goes for a big heave but ends up offering an easy catch to Duanne Olivier at deep. He goes for 11 off 35. Ebadot Hossain is the new man. Bangladesh trail by 236 runs. BAN - 217/9 (73.5)
4:39 PM IST: 8 Down
Simon Harmer on with his 10th over, and wicket off the first ball. Taijul Islam caught at mid-off by Lizaad Williams for 5 off 14. Khaled Ahmed is the new man. Bangladesh trail by 237 runs. BAN - 216/8 (72.1)
3:52 PM IST: Lunch
Keshav Maharaj on with his 22nd over. A maiden to Mehidy Hasan (9 off 23). And that's lunch. 18 runs and one wicket in the last ten overs. 29 overs in the session for 71 runs and two wickets. Bangladesh trail by 243 runs. BAN - 210/7 (70)
3:46 PM IST: Hara-kiri
Simon Harmer returns for his 8th over. Mushfiqur Rahim sweeps the first ball for a four, and fifty in 134 balls with the help of eight boundaries. Harmer keeps the Proteas interested with a turner, a shout for LBW. Then, he cleans up Rahim. Going for the reverse sweep and the off-stump is uprooted. Rahim goes for 51. Taijul Islam is the new man. Bangladesh trail by 243 runs. BAN - 210/7 (68.3)
3:31 PM IST: Rahim Survives
Keshav Maharaj continues. Mushfiqur Rahim survives a stumping chance off the second ball. Kyle Verreynne is very quick. Tight, but Rahim is safe. A maiden. 14 runs and one wicket in the last ten overs. Bangladesh trail by 256 runs. BAN - 197/6 (64)
3:14 PM IST: Maharaj Strikes
Keshav Maharaj bowling in tandem with Wiaan Mulder. The left-arm spinner on with his 17th over. Two dots, then a single to point as Mushfiqur Rahim watchfully plays off the back foot. And a shout for LBW off the next. Pitching on off leg and gets a big turn. Yasir Ali on the backfoot, misses the ball and gets hit. Not given. South Africa take the review and it's pitching outside leg. Proteas lose the review. A dot, then the wicket. Yasir Ali is furious. Leading edge. Caught and bowled. 70-run stand broken. Ali goes for 46 off 87. Mehidy Hasan is the new man. Bangladesh trail by 261 runs. BAN - 192/6 (60)
2:51 PM IST: Drinks
Wiaan Mulder continues. A maiden for his 10th over, to Yasir Ali (41 off 74). Mulder's figures so far: 3/20. Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim (38 off 85) are in a 61-run stand. Bangladesh trail by 270 runs. BAN - 183/5 (55)
Drinks! 44 runs in the first hour.
2:38 PM IST: Massive Appeal
Keshav Maharaj on with his 13th over. One probing over. A massive shout for a catch off the fourth. Massive turn and to first slip. Very, very close. But the Proteas do not take the review. A maiden to Mushfiqur Rahim (38 off 77). Bangladesh trail by 272 runs. BAN - 181/5 (52)
2:24 PM IST: 50-run Stand
Lizaad Williams on with his 12th over. A wide to start. And 50-run stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali in 90 balls. Bangladesh trail by 281 runs. BAN - 172/5 (48)
2:14 PM IST: Good Intent
Lizaad Williams continues. Three dots and a single to long on as Yasir Ali gets an inside edge while trying to pick the length early. One leg bye and another single to end the over. Bangladesh trail by 287 runs. BAN - 166/5 (46)
1:59 PM IST: Stand Growing
Duanne Olivier with his 10th over. Yasir Ali takes a single off the third, and three dots to Mushfiqur Rahim. The sixth-wicket stand is now worth 31 in 60. SA - Bangladesh trail by 300 runs. BAN - 153/5 (43)
1:56 PM IST: Play Begins
Lizaad Williams with the first over. Yasir Ali gets a four, through the cordon. Another one, off the second, backfoot drive to past backward point. And another one. Copy and paste. And 150 up for Bangladesh. A single to end the 13-run over. Bangladesh trail by 301 runs. Yasir Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim are unbeaten on 21 and 30 respectively. BAN - 152/5 (42)
1:33 PM IST: Then, In No Time...
Covers are back. Start of play delayed. Drizzle then, rain now.
1:28 PM IST: Covers Off
Specks of rain not enough to dampen the spirits. And the match officials have signaled the start of the play on Day 3. Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali are the unbeaten batters for Bangladesh. They will resume on 139/5 (41). Still trail South Africa by 314 runs.
1:24 PM IST: Overcast and cold
1:09 PM IST: Test For Mushfiqur
They say experience counts in tough situations. Former Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim will have to display a lot of that on Sunday as the Tigers face a tall order at Gqeberha. Mushfiqur is unbeaten on 30 but it will be a fresh day and the likes of Duanne Olivier (2 for 17) and Wiaan Mulder (3 for 15 and all LBWs) will find ways to use the 41-over-old ball to do some tricks. Don't forget two successful spinners, Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer, who took 14 wickets between them at Durban, are waiting to strike.
12:41 PM IST: Maharaj, The SA Prince
Keshav Maharaj is clearly becoming the star of this SA vs BAN series. Although his primary job is to take wickets, it is his batting that has put South Africa in a dominating position in the second Test at Gqeberha. Maharaj struck a career-best 84 as he played with attacking intent after the home team had been 278 for 5 overnight on Saturday. Maharaj hit nine fours and three sixes in his fourth Test half-century. Maharaj and Wiaan Mulder (33) added 80 runs for the seventh wicket and Maharaj’s spin-bowling partner Simon Harmer made 29 to contribute more runs from the South African tail. Bangladesh batsmen will do well to take a leaf out of Maharaj's book.
Day 2 Recap
South Africa were in complete control. After posting a big total of 453 runs riding on Keshav Maharaj's 84, Proteas bowlers put up a sensational show with the ball to reduce Bangladesh to 139/5 by the end of play on Day 2.
Wiaan Mulder returned 3/15, while Duanne Olivier took 2/17. South Africa started the day at 278 for five wickets and managed to get 175 runs more before Taijul Islam’s 6/135 and Khaled Ahmed’s 3/100 bundled them out.