Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma helped the Proteas to a healthy lead against Bangladesh. Photo: @CSAOfficial via Twitter

South Africa stretched its lead to 379 by lunch on the fourth day of this first Test against Bangladesh here Sunday, with the attacking nature of its play in the morning suggesting a declaration is imminent.

South Africa, thanks to a 133-run fourth wicket partnership between Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis, went to lunch on 203/3

Du Plessis, not out on 77 at the interval, will have to weigh up how many runs is enough to ensure his side cannot lose - which appears to be the case at the moment - with leaving sufficient time for his bowlers to pick up 10 wickets on a surface showing marginal signs of wear and tear.

The first session of play on each of the four days has proved the best period to bat - in total just two wickets have fallen in the morning session over the first fours days - and with the bounce low and pace slow, the last session on Sunday may prove a more challenging exercise for the Bangladeshi batsmen.

Hashim Amla was the only South African wicket to fall when he pushed at a wide delivery from Mustafizur Rahim and was caught behind by Liton Das for 28.

Bavuma, who initially struggled to get to grips with the difficult pitch - and a pair of good opening spells from Mustafizur and Shafiul Islam - eventually found some good rhythm and registered a ninth Test half century, going into lunch on 64 that saw him hit seven fours.

Du Plessis’s was a much more attacking knock that has seen him hit six fours and a six, to notch up a 15th Test half-century.

IOL Sport

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