South Africa declared at 247/6 in 56 overs. The rain interrupted the play in the second session. Just before the rain interruption, part-time left-arm orthodox spinner Mominul Haque took his first wicket since 2013. He trapped Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis lbw.
du Plessis top-scored in the innings with 81 runs off 101 balls. The fourth-wicket partnership with Temba Bavuma ended in 142 runs.
Mominul got his second wicket after the play resumed. Liton Das took an unbelievable catch down the legside to send back Bavuma for 71. Quinton de Kock became Mominul’s third scalp as he was stumped.
A cameo of 11-ball unbeaten 19 runs from Keshav Maharaj helped South Africa get a lead of 423 runs.
In reply, Morne Morkel was on fire against Bangladesh top-order. He sent back Tamim Iqbal and Mominul for ducks in the very first over of the innings. He bowled Tigers captain Mushfiqur Rahim in his second over by a superb delivery, but it was denied by a no ball. It was the 14th time the tall South African pacer took a wicket off a no ball in Tests.
Imrul Kayes and Mushfiqur tried to settle things down as Morkel went out of the field with a strain. The duo added 49 runs. Bangladesh’s third wicket fell in the last over of the session when Imrul outside-edged to de Kock off Maharaj. The left-hander scored 32 runs off 42 balls with five fours.
Bangladesh were 49/3 in 15.3 overs at tea. Skipper Mushfiqur remains unbeaten on 46-ball 16 runs with a boundary. The Tigers require 375 more runs to win while the Proteas need another seven wickets to gain 1-0 lead in the series.
Rain arrived in the Potch during tea break. The play wasn’t possible to resume anymore in the day. Everything is set for the final day of the Test match.
South Africa 496/3d & 247/6 in 56 overs (du Plessis 81, Bavuma 71; Mominul 3/27, Mustafizur 2/30)
Bangladesh 320 & 49/3 in 15.3 overs (Imrul 32, Mushfiqur 16; Morkel 2/19, Maharaj 1/2), need 375 more
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-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com