Dean Elgar celebrates his century with Hashim Amla. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix
Dean Elgar celebrates his century with Hashim Amla. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix
Amla in action against Bangladesh on Friday. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix
Amla in action against Bangladesh on Friday. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

POTCHEFSTROOM - Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla continued to punish Mushfiqur Rahim for his egregious error at the toss on Thursday.

At lunch on the second day, the pair had pushed South Africa’s first innings total to 411/1 with both achieving personal milestones along the way.  

The Bangladeshi captain badly misread the pitch before deciding to bowl first and that decision has put his side on back-foot in a match for which they claimed they were optimistic.

Expecting pace and bounce off the surface here at Senwes Park, they have found neither and even their spinners have battled to extricate any assistance from a slow surface that is still holding together. 

Only the odd ball has kept low at the University End and that will only worsen as the pitch continues to dry out, meaning the Bangladeshis - who must  bat last - will face a difficult a challenging task against South Africa’s bowlers. 

In the meanwhile they found it hard to stem the tide on Friday morning as Amla, 137* and Elgar 172* posted  113 runs in the first session.

Elgar, putting aside the disappointment of his involvement in debutant Aiden Markram’s run out on the first day, recorded his his Test score, surpassing the 140 he made against New Zealand in March this year. 

Again there was nothing particularly spectacular about Elgar’s approach, though occasionally he danced down the pitch to the spinners to loft them over the straight boundaries.

Otherwise it was a case of taking what was on offer from the Bangladeshis who grew gradually despondent as the ball softened and they failed to apply any semblance of pressure. 

Amla equalled Graeme Smith on 27 Test hundreds - the second most for a South African batsman - in an innings in which he has been largely untroubled and only offered one chance when on 40 - a difficult caught and bowled to Sabbir Rahman.

IOL Sport

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