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Tamim, Mahmudullah help Bangladesh eye lead

Host ends rain-hit second day of the first Test on 179 for 4, 69 behind South Africa’s first-innings total

Tamim, Mahmudullah help Bangladesh eye lead - Cricket News
Tamim scored 57 and Mahmudullah made 67 as Bangladesh reduced the deficit to just 69 runs.
Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah hit fifties to take Bangladesh to 179 for 4 before play had to be called to a halt on the second day of the first Test against South Africa in Chittagong on Wednesday (July 22).
 
Tamim scored 57 and Mahmudullah made 67 as Bangladesh reduced the deficit to just 69 runs after the South Africans had been dismissed for a modest 248 on the first day.
 
Vernon Philander sent Mahmudullah back lbw just before rain ended play in the third session of the day to bring South Africa back in the game somewhat after Bangladesh appeared to have taken the advantage.   
 
Mahmudullah, who hit ten fours in his 138-ball innings, put on 89 with Tamim for the third wicket. Tamim, who faced 129 balls, reached his half-century before being bowled by Dean Elgar, the left-arm spinner, on the stroke of the tea interval.
 
Earlier in the day, Tamim and Imrul Kayes, the two openers, added 34 in the first hour. Stiaan Van Zyl, the occasional medium pacer, dragged Kayes out of his crease for Quinton de Kock to complete a stumping and break a 46-run opening stand. Kayes fell for 26.
 
Simon Harmer then bowled Mominul Haque to leave Bangladesh struggling at 55 for 2 before Tamim and Mahmudullah rebuilt the innings.
 
Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 16 when rain stopped play for the second time with 25 overs still left in the day. Shakib Al Hasan, on 1, will resume with Rahim on Thursday as Bangladesh pushes for a historic Test victory.

The second match of the two-Test series will be played in Dhaka from July 30.
 

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