Maharaj, Morkel secure 176-run lead for South Africa

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Innings Bangladesh 320 (Mominul 77, Mahmudullah 66, Maharaj 3-92, Morkel 2-51) trail South Africa 496 for 3 dec by 176 runs
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Fifties from Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh avoid the follow on, but they collapsed quickly thereafter, losing their last five wickets for 28 runs to be bowled out for 320.

Keshav Maharaj, who found turn off the footmarks, took three wickets while Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel claimed two wickets each with reverse-swing and bounce, and helped their team secure a 176-run first-innings lead.

Bangladesh had started the day on a positive note, however, with Tamim Iqbal driving Kagiso Rabada through backward point. Rabada then found reverse-swing and hit Tamim’s pads twice in two overs with HawkEye siding with the on-field umpire’s not-out call on both occasions.

Mominul, too, had a rough time in the first hour, taking 32 deliveries to score on the third morning. He could have been out lbw twice in a Rabada over, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis opted not to review the on-field not-out decisions. Mominul’s first runs came in the 44th over in which Rabada went on to concede 17 runs.

Tamim then fell a couple of overs later when Andile Phehlukwayo, the debutant, had the batsman strangled down the leg side with Quinton de Kock diving full-length to his right to claim a sensational one-handed catch.

Mominul, however, grew in fluency and defined Bangladesh’s growth as a batting unit. He reached his second fifty of the year and 12th overall when he blasted left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj down the ground.

Mominul added only five runs after lunch before he turned a Maharaj delivery to short leg, where Aiden Markram claimed s sharp, low catch. Mominul’s 77 off 150 balls was the highest Test score by a Bangladesh batsman in South Africa.

Mahmudullah then took over and added 65 with Sabbir for the sixth wicket. He drove fluently through the off side and even dared to hit Maharaj against the break. One such slog-sweep against the break brought up Bangladesh’s 300. South Africa then hit back, dismissing Mahmudullah and Sabbir in identical fashion. Temba Bavuma’s brilliance at backward point then set up the run out of Taskin Ahmed in the next over. South Africa then needed only 19 balls after tea to knock over Bangladesh.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84


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