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South Africa downs Bangladesh by five wickets in 1st test

South Africa downs Bangladesh by five wickets in 1st test

A.B. de Villiers anchored the morning session on the fourth day of the first test to guide South Africa to a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh with almost two days to spare.
Ashwell Prince and de Villiers resumed their partnership at the overnight score of 178 for four chasing just 205, and South Africa needed just 10.5 overs to claim the win. Bangladesh is yet to record a test victory over South Africa.
Prince and de Villiers added 15 runs before Prince was trapped lbw by medium-pace bowler Shahadat Hossain for 38. Prince timed five boundaries in his 60-ball innings.
De Villiers (19) then paired with Mark Boucher (5) to ensure the victory.
On Sunday, South Africa captain Graeme Smith steered his side to the brink of the victory when he compiled a patient 62 off 104 balls.
South Africa now has a 1-0 series lead ahead of the second and final test starting Friday at Chittagong.
While Bangladesh's batting ultimately let the team down, Hossain took nine wickets in the match to slow South Africa's progress.
Batsman Junaid Siddique was the only player to take charge after captain Mohammad Ashraful and former skipper Habibul Bashar both faltered, as Bangladesh failed to reach 200 runs in either of the two innings.
Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said his team should have done more to capitalize on the batting-friendly Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium wicket.
"The boys played well. I think we needed 50 or 60 runs more," Ashraful said. "We should have scored 250 plus in the first innings. Shahadat bowled really well on this kind of track."
Smith acknowledged the match was harder than the scoreboard indicated and his team is still adjusting to the Bangladesh pitch.
"The conditions were tougher than any other subcontinent wicket," he said. "I am happy because it was good to see that the batsmen did not make the same mistakes as they did in the first innings."
Smith said the Bangladesh series would be an important in the lead up to South Africa's tour of India next month.
"We definitely take this Bangladesh series as a warmup of our next series in India," he said.
Jacques Kallis, who was announced Man of the Match after taking a 5 wickets for the match at the expense of 30 runs.
After the match, the South Africa team was fined 15 percent of its match fee _ and Smith was fined 30 percent _ for maintaining a slow over rate during the test.
Match referee Ranjan Madugalle of Sri Lanka imposed the fine after Smith's team was ruled to be three overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.