Live: Four centuries as SA declare at 573/4

Live: Four centuries as SA declare at 573/4

Run fest continues for South Africa in the second Test at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein as the hosts have declared at 573/4 in the first innings on day two against Bangladesh. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ অপ্রতিরোধ্য আমলা-ডু প্লেসিসে থামছেই না প্রোটিয়ারা]

The play started 90 minutes late after rain interrupted the start. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis continued on from where they left from. Amla went on to score his 28th Test century in 113 balls. He surpassed Graeme Smith’s 27 tons to move no.2 in South African history.

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The partnership reached 200 off 261 balls. Skipper du Plessis brought up his seventh Test hundred in 147 balls. He missed out on a century last match but didn’t this time.

This is the second time four South African batsmen have scored centuries each in an innings. This is also the fourth time four or more tons have been scored against Bangladesh in an innings. Besides, it’s also the second time Bangladesh have conceded two 200+ partnerships in an innings.

The Proteas added 102 runs in 23 overs at 4.43 without losing any wicket. The hosts went to the lunch with 530 runs for three wickets in 113 overs.

After the lunch break, Subashis Roy sent back Amla straightaway to pick up his third wicket. Amla left scoring 132 runs off 163 balls including 17 boundaries. The 247-run fourth-wicket partnership ended with du Plessis.

Quinton de Kock had a bit of fun with the bat as he made 27-ball 28* with 2 fours and sixes. South Africa declared for 573 runs in 120 overs. du Plessis remained unbeaten on 135 from 181 deliveries with 15 fours.

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Brief scores:

South Africa 573/4d in 120 overs (Markram 143, du Plessis 135*, Amla 132,; Subashis 3/118)


-Ruffin, Correspondent,