CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) -- South Africa made a fluent start to the first test against Bangladesh, reaching 104-1 at lunch on the first day on Tuesday.
Coming off a first-ever loss to Bangladesh in one-day internationals, South Africa's openers gave the side a solid start by adding 58, after captain Hashim Amla won the toss.
Opener Stiaan Van Zyl scored 34 before he was caught behind attempting a leg glance off the bowling of part-time off-spinner Mahmudullah (1-9). Van Zyl had provided a rapid start, hitting six boundaries.
Faf Du Plessis maintained the pace set by Van Zyl, and was on 33 at lunch, with Dean Elgar on 30.
Left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman was named for his debut for Bangladesh following a good performance in the one-day Internationals.
The hosts bolstered spin strength by including leg-spinner Jubair Hossain and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam alongside Shakib Al Hasan, while Soumya Sarkar was overlooked despite a strong performance in the one-day series.
South Africa's fast bowler Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander returned to the side after skipping the limited overs contests.
The Proteas are aiming to protect a record of not losing an away series since 2006, winning or drawing 14 series in that time; seven of them on the subcontinent.
They also have never lost to Bangladesh in eight tests, winning seven tests by more than an innings and another inside four days