Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj celebrate a wicket. Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

POTCHEFSTROOM - South Africa claimed a 333-run triumph in the opening Test against Bangladesh on Monday morning, surging to victory as the tourists were routed for 90 in their second innings. 

Led by a stunning burst from Kagiso Rabada, who picked up 3 for 10 in a five over spell from the University End, and a crafty effort from left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, the Proteas ensured there were no hang ups due to the absence of Morne Morkel, who was set to go for scans on a side strain on Monday. 

Play lasted just 83 minutes with the tourists, who resumed on 49/3, losing their remaining seven wickets for just 41 runs in 17.1 overs.

Rabada struck with his third ball of the morning, when he found the outside edge of Mushfiqur Rahim’s bat, with Hashim Amla taking an excellent catch at first slip as the ball came to him high and quickly. 

Mahmudullah was the next batsmen to fall, as Rabada showing excellent rhythm and getting the ball to swing back into the right hander, found the inside edge with the ball clattering into the stumps. 

Liton Das then shouldered arms to another inswinger and was trapped lbw for four. 

Maharaj’s first reward of the morning came when Sabbir Rahman went on a wild sweep, missed the ball which struck him the ribs, and he was given out lbw for 4, while Taskin Ahmed was also trapped lbw for the same score in Maharaj’s next over. 

As is usually the case every time there’s a collapse a wicket fell to a run out; Shafiul Islam failing to make his ground after some good work between Wayne Parnell - on as the substitute for Morkel and Rabada. 

Maharaj wrapped up the match by dismissing Mustafizur Rahman caught and bowled for one, finishing with figures of 4/25 in 10.4 overs.

The left-arm spinner once more underlined his value to the team, claiming match figures of 7/117 in 37.5 overs.

Dean Elgar was named Man of the Match for his first innings 199, the highest score of his career.

The teams head to Bloemfontein for the second Test which starts on Friday.

IOL Sport

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