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Mustafizur shines as Bangladesh keeps South Africa to 248

Hashim Amla's side loses last nine wickets for 112 runs even as Temba Bavuma makes fighting fifty

Mustafizur shines as Bangladesh keeps South Africa to 248 - Cricket News
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Temba Bavuma scored his maiden half-century to prop up South Africa after Mustafizur Rahman triggered a middle-order collapse on the opening day of the first Test between the two sides in Chittagong on Tuesday (July 21). 

Bangladesh was 7 for 0 at stumps, having bowled out South Africa for 248 in the first innings at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Mustafizur, who claimed 4 for 37 in his Test debut, gave the home side the upper hand.  

South Africa began well after Hashim Amla, the captain, won the toss and chose to bat. Dean Elgar and Stiaan van Zyl, who was promoted to opener, shared a solid half-century stand for the first wicket. Van Zyl showed intent early, hitting six boundaries on his way to a 49-ball 34 in only his third Test.  

Mahmudullah, the part-time offspinner, broke the partnership when he had van Zyl caught behind by Litton Das. 

Faf du Plessis then combined with Elgar for an association that lasted nearly 47 overs during which a patient 78 was added to the board, and South Africa would have been satisfied going in to lunch at 104 for 1. 

However, things unravelled quickly after that. Mohammad Shahid, the pacer, bowled five consecutive maiden overs after lunch to create the pressure, and Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan reaped the benefits as they struck in successive overs.     

Taijul removed Elgar for 47 while Shakib had du Plessis trapped in front for 48, and South Africa could add only 61 runs in 29 overs in the post-lunch session.  

Mustafizur, who joined Shahid and the spin troika of Shakib, Taijul and Jubair Hossain in a five-pronged attack, began the rout in the final session. He first had Amla (13) caught behind, before getting rid of JP Duminy lbw for a duck the very next ball. He missed his hat-trick, but struck in the fourth ball of the over, sending back Quinton de Kock, for a duck as well, when he uprooted his stumps.

Vernon Philander then attempted to rebuild with Bavuma. They both survived some close calls before Philander became the first of Hossain's three wickets as he cleaned up the tail. South Africa's last nine wickets fell for 112 runs. 

Bavuma, who hit five fours in his 108-ball 54, was the last wicket to fall, giving Mustafizur his fourth of the day. 

Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes will resume for Bangladesh on Wednesday.

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