Markham, Elgar punish Bangladesh

AP, BLOEMFONTEIN

Sat, Oct 07, 2017 - Page 16

South Africa openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar yesterday both made centuries to punish Bangladesh’s decision to bowl first in the second Test in Bloemfontein.

Markram was 135 not out and Elgar fell for 113 to break their 243-run stand for the opening wicket as South Africa moved to 256-1 at tea on the opening day at the Mangaung Oval in what was shaping up to be a repeat of the first Test.

Then, Bangladesh misread the pitch, put South Africa in to bat and the hosts made 496-3 declared in their first innings on the way to a comfortable victory.

Elgar made a second century in two Tests after his 199 in that big first-innings score in the first match.

Markram, out for 97 on his debut in the first Test match, did complete a maiden Test century this time.

He had hit 21 fours and was with Hashim Amla (1 not out) at the tea break.

South Africa were moving along swiftly at more than 4.5 runs an over.

Elgar now has five centuries this year and is the leading scorer in Test cricket.

He and Markram have put on two big opening partnerships in their first two Tests playing together, 196 in the opening game and the double-century stand yesterday.

Elgar fell to a short-ball tactic that Bangladesh persevered with through most of the day and ultimately had success with.

Subashis Roy banged in a short one, Elgar went for a hook and was caught at backward square-leg by Mustafizur Rahman.

The touring bowlers reverted to the short stuff after getting little out of the pitch early on. They were also wayward, conceding 38 boundaries in the first two sessions.

Bangladesh made four changes to their lineup for the second and final match of the series, dropping three bowlers and bringing in Roy, Rubel Hossain and Taijul Islam.

South Africa were without injured strike bowler Morne Morkel. Wayne Parnell replaced him.