Elgar, Markram fifties establish SA advantage

Posted October 07, 2017

This is the first time Bangladesh don't have Tamim or Shakib in their Test side since they missed the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in March 2013. As play was delayed, commentator Neil Manthorp tweeted out the reason.

"The last time we missed them was in Galle and it wasn't an easy game for us", said Mushfiqur.

Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram, South Africa's openers, struck fifties each and smoothly steered the team to 126 for 0 at lunch on the first day in Bloemfontein.

"There is more grass on the wicket and I think it hasn't been rolled as flat as it was in Potch".

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Probably the team Bangladesh has a good chance of transferring their home improvements to overseas but the team needs to be the concern for themselves little more. "But it doesn't necessarily mean we can't play well in tough conditions", he said. They had no more success, though.

However, the match was overshadowed by an injury to fast bowler Morne Morkel, who is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

As they face the prospect of a green pitch, the pressure will certainly be increased on Bangladesh, particularly after experienced batsman Tamim Iqbal was ruled out of the match following a recurrence of a thigh injury.

"When you get nothing from the wicket, you have to go to the other options". After four Tests, his returns - 13 wickets at an average of 24.15 with an economy rate of 4.02 - are acceptable without being outstanding.

Mahmudullah Riyad, back in the side after being left out for Bangladesh's 100th Test in Colombo and the home series against Australia, was one of the few batsmen during the first Test in Potchefstroom who enjoyed some success. "From a selection point of view you want to make sure the venom in your bowling attack is still the same", Du Plessis told a news conference on Thursday.