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Bangladesh loses three wickets as it chases 583 runs by South Africa

Bangladesh loses three wickets as it chases 583 runs by South Africa

Dale Steyn took three wickets to reach 100 in his test career and consolidate South Africa's domination of Bangladesh on day two of the second test Saturday, following a world-record opening stand by the tourists.
After declaring at 583-7, South Africa reduced Bangladesh to 60-3 at stumps, putting the visitors on track to force an innings victory.
South Africa's declaration left the home side with 17 overs to negotiate before stumps, but the batsmen were no match for Steyn, who picked up three wickets in as many overs.
First, he had Tamim Iqbal (14) caught at third slip, and followed that up by removing Junaid Siddique (18) and Mohammad Ashraful (0) in successive balls.
Siddique was caught behind by Mark Boucher to give Steyn his 100th test wicket and, inspired by the feat, the South African quick charged in and delivered a bouncer that Ashraful fended with his gloves to the keeper.
Steyn matched the feat of Bangladesh's Mohammad Rafique, who also claimed his 100th test wicket Saturday in his final match.
The day began with South Africa's Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie breaking the record for a test opening partnership with a 415 run stand, topping the previous record of 413 set in 1956 by India's Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy against New Zealand.
Smith was bowled by Abdur Razzak in the opening session while attempting to sweep. His 232 came from just 277 balls, with 33 fours and a six.
The dismissal meant Smith and McKenzie fell short of South Africa's biggest-ever partnership, which remains the property of Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar, who scored an unbeaten 429 for the third wicket against Bangladesh in 2003.
McKenzie stylishly completed his maiden double century in the morning session, scoring 226 off 388 balls, with 28 fours and two sixes.
He was out trying to glide a Shahadat Hossain delivery to third man, chopping it onto his stumps.
McKenzie's departure, on 514, sparked a run of wickets for the home side, sparked by an impressive spell by Hossain.
The Bangladesh paceman trapped Hashim Amla (38) lbw a run after McKenzie's fall, and then removed Ashwell Prince (2), who also dragged a delivery onto his wicket.
Offspinner Shakib Al Hasan then bowled A.B. de Villiers (1).
Rafique had Mark Boucher (21) caught at cover, and then claimed Peter Robinson (4), caught at slip after the ball rebounded off a fielder, to reach 100 wickets.
Jacques Kallis (39) was unbeaten at the declaration.


Updated : 2021-03-09 18:07 GMT+08:00