Live: Proteas motoring lead towards 400

Live: Proteas motoring lead towards 400

The Proteas have come hard at Tigers in the fourth morning of the first Test at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. Their lead is getting closer to 400 runs.

South Africa were 54/2 in 15.5 overs overnight. The hosts lost Hashim Amla for 28 off 43 early in the fourth morning. He was caught behind by an off-cutter from Mustafizur Rahman. Bangladesh picked the third wicket for 70 runs.

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Temba Bavuma and captain Faf du Plessis decided to accelerate to gain a big lead. They put on 100 runs for the fourth-wicket in 115 balls as the innings run rate moved up to four runs per over.

Both batsmen reached half-centuries; du Plessis in 55 balls while Bavuma took 75 balls to get his ninth Test fifty. They took off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz to the cleaners. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim handed the ball to the part-timers.

The Proteas scored 149 runs at 5.11 for the fall of just one wicket in 29.1 overs in the first session. The partnership is on 133 runs. du Plessis is eyeing a seventh Test ton with 77* runs off 92 deliveries hitting six fours and a six. Bavuma is not far too behind. He is unbeaten on 85-ball 64 runs with seven boundaries.

South Africa are 203/3 in 45 overs. They are leading by 379 runs with seven wickets remaining.

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Brief scores:

South Africa 496/3d & 203/3 in 45 overs (du Plessis 77*, Bavuma 64*; Mustafizur 2/30, Shafiul 1/40), leading by 379 runs

Bangladesh 320

 

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com