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8 October, 2017 12:32:31 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 8 October, 2017 10:39:22 AM
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Bangladesh face uphill task to avoid whitewash

South Africa slam four tons in first innings
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Bangladesh face uphill task to avoid whitewash

Bangladesh faced an uphill task to avoid the whitewash as South Africa left them in a precarious position by declaring the first innings of the second and final Test on mammoth 573 for four in Bloemfontein yesterday. Hashim Amla and skipper Faf Du Plessis smashed centuries in quick fashion on day two to pile a host of miseries on insipid Bangladeshi bowling attack after openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram hit their respective centuries on the opening day.

Amla was dismissed on 132 off 163, sending the ball across rope for 17 times, on his way to the back-to-back century. Plessis was unbeaten on 135 with 15 boundaries in an innings in which he faced 181 balls.

Amla was the only wicket fallen on day two which began after 90 minutes delay due to wet outfield. South Africa batted just 30 overs and added 145 runs for one wicket after resuming the day on 428 for three.

Overnight unbeaten pair Amla and Plessis combined for a 247-run, the second 200 plus partnership in the innings, before the former was bowled by Shuvashis Roy.

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis had reached centuries before the lunch, which was a truncated session. But an out-of-sort and jaded Bangladesh still conceded two unwanted records. With Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram having already completed their centuries on the first day, this was the fourth occasion when Bangladesh conceded four hundreds in the same innings. They had done so previously against Pakistan (2001), India (2007) and Sri Lanka (2007).

Amla was the first to reach three figures on the second day when he scooped a drive off Mustafizur Rahman to the point boundary. This was his 28th Test hundred; he is now second only to Jacques Kallis in the all-time centurions’ list for South Africa. It was also his third century in 2017.

After Amla’s dismissal, South Africa added further 38 runs, 27 of which came from Quinton de Kock willow, as Plessis declared the innings to give his bowlers an ample time to bowl Bangladesh out twice.

Shuvashis Roy was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh three for 118 while Rubel Hossain claimed the other for 113 runs. As expectedly all of the frontline bowlers of Bangladesh conceded more than 100 runs including Mustafizur Rahman who went wicketless after giving away 118 runs in 25 overs. It is the first time the celebrated bowler conceded more than 100 runs in a Test innings.

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