South Africa punish Bangladesh attack

Faf du Plessis of South Africa World XI

The only solace the visiting side can take is that South Africa have a depleted pace attack, with Morne Morkel joining Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Chris Morris on the sidelines. Get live cricket score of South Africa vs Bangladesh, second Test, Day 1 here.

South Africa were going at healthy rate of almost 4½ runs per over in the opening session on Friday, with Elgar hitting 13 fours and racing toward another century.

While rain ensured that the pitch remained under covers for most of Tuesday and Wednesday, pictures taken on Monday showed an even covering of green grass that should excite South Africa's fast bowlers as they look for more assistance than they received from a dour surface in Potchefstroom.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "Sri Lanka was a far better team at that time".

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"We want another dominant performance".

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal in action.

Herath, who achieved the milestone of 400 Test wickets with his 11-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi, has gained 37 points to reach within six points of third-placed Ravichandran Ashwin of India. They had no more success, though.

Maharaj chipped in with two more lbws to leave Bangladesh on 73-8 at the first drinks break after just an hour's play.

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"We're very unlucky in that we have four bowlers injured at the same time; we've never faced with a scenario like this".

Rabada, 22, will probably open with Duanne Olivier and Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo or uncapped Dane Paterson, called up as Morkel's replacement, will compete for the other two seamer slots.

Elgar struck 13 boundaries in his unbeaten 72 off 88 balls while Markram finished the session on 54 with eight boundaries.

Given the track has a layer of grass on it, Bangladesh opted to bowl.

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Likely XI: Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Liton Das (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt) and Taskin Ahmed.

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