Mahmudul Hasan Joy
World Test Championship

Mahmudul’s maiden Test ton highlights Bangladesh’s gritty fightback

SA v BAN, 1st Test, Day 3 Report

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Mahmudul Hasan Joy became the first Bangladesh batter to score a Test hundred against South Africa on Day 3 of the first Test in Durban - an effort which limited hosts' first innings lead to 69.


Mahmudul Hasan Joy led Bangladesh's batting charge on Day 3 of the Durban Test, adding crucial partnerships with the lower order and getting to his maiden Test ton in the process.

Bangladesh resumed the third day at 98/4. With better light to operate, South Africa began with seamers early on despite spinners’ success overnight. Lizard Williams struck first up, having Taskin Ahmed caught at gully for 1 to bag his maiden Test wicket.

Wicketkeeper Liton Das struck a flurry of boundaries against Olivier, who struggled throughout the session to find the right length. Mahmudul, meanwhile, held his end solid to keep the partnership ticking. South African seamers did manage to trouble the batters, and Liton edged one off Williams when on 16, only to be dropped by skipper Dean Elgar at slip.

Extending his overnight score of 44, Mahmudul reached his second Test half-century with a drive straight down the ground, and followed it up with some aggressive shots, collecting runs against Simon Harmer.

The off-spinner was able to create chances but South Africa missed several opportunities to get the breakthrough. Mahmudul was dropped at short-leg by Sarel Erwee when on 64, and Liton was given out caught behind on 29, which he got overturned successfully.

Mahmudul and Liton went into lunch unbeaten on 80 and 41 respectively, their unbeaten 81-run stand guiding the team to 183/5.

Williams struck on just the second ball after lunch, castling Liton with a nip-backer on 41 to end a 82-run stand. South Africa availed the second new ball immediately but couldn't quite find control early on.

Yasir Ali settled in quickly while seizing scoring opportunities to add another 33 with Mahmudul, before a miscommunication resulted in the former getting run out on 22. Yasir clipped one towards mid-wicket and went for a second without hearing the ‘no’ call from Joy. Ryan Rickelton was quick to fire the throw to the striker's end, with Verreynne dislodging the bails to complete the dismissal. 

Mahmudul continued to bat patiently as he approached his maiden century, while, Mehidy Hasan Miraz impressed with his resolute batting. Joy later reached the three-figure mark with a brace towards point and added an unbroken 41-runs partnership with Mehidy to guide the visitors to 257/7 by Tea.

Bangladesh trailing by 110 runs, could only add 41 runs before getting bowled out on 298 in the final session. Dean Elgar used all-rounder Wiaan Mulder for the first time in the final session and Mulder immediately struck, removing Mehidy on 29. Olivier bagged his first wicket of the match by dismissing Khaled Ahmed for a duck.

With only one wicket in hand, Joy switched gears and smashed Harmer for a six and a four, and followed it up with four boundaries in Mulder’s over. Williams soon managed to end Joy’s innings on 137, as he edged one to the slips, ending Bangladesh's first innings at 298. 

South African openers Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee began solidly against spin under fading lights in their second innings. The pair had collected six singles from four overs to extend the lead to 75, before another bad light intervention, followed by slight drizzle forced the end of the day's play. Both batters walked back unbeaten at 3 each.

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