South Africa vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 3: South Africa push lead to 230 after bowling Bangladesh for 320

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Keshav Maharaj was South Africa’s most successful bowler with three wickets

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Bangladesh will be ruing not putting up a better performance with the bat in their first innings as it allowed South Africa to retain control of the first Test by taking a 230-run lead going into the fourth day.

Numerous Bangladesh batsmen got starts and two even went past the 50-run mark, but the duo that brought up their half-centuries weren’t able to convert it into the triple figure scores that were needed.

Starting off the day on 127/3, Bangladesh were only able to add 31 runs to their overnight score before Tamim Iqbal was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Andile Phehlukwayo for 41.

Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque made up for the loss of Tamim with a 69-run partnership, during which Mominul brought up his fifty.

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Mominul Haque scored his 12th Test fifty

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However, Mominul ended up being caught by debutant Aiden Markram at short leg off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj for 77, which came off 150 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman kept the scoreboard ticking with a 65-run stand, during which Mahmdullah sailed past his half-century, before Sabbir was clean bowled by Duanne Olivier for 30.

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Mahmudullah struck his 14th half-century in Test cricket

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Mahmudullah went on to score 66 off 124 deliveries, which included 11 boundaries and a six, before he was cleaned up by Morne Morkel.

Once Mahmudullah was gone, Bangladesh collapsed as they went from 304/7 to being bowled out for 320, which gave South Africa a 176-run lead.

Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Morkel and Kagiso Rabada snapped up two wickets apiece. Phehlukwayo and Olivier, meanwhile, chipped in with one wicket each.

With a 176-run lead in hand, the Proteas made a dismal start to their second innings as opener Dean Elgar was given out lbw off the bowling of Shafiul Islam for 18.

Markram, who opened the batting with Elgar, fared no better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman for 15.

Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma ensured South Africa made it to stumps without losing another wicket as they put together an unbeaten 16-run partnership.

Amla finished on 17 off 32 balls, which included a boundary, while Bavuma remained undefeated on three.

Shafiul and Mustafizur claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day three on 54/2 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 local time.

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