Chittagong - Shakib Al Hasan and Litton Das added 57 runs in an unbroken sixth
wicket partnership as Bangladesh gained a first innings lead over South
Africa in the first Test Thursday.
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Bangladesh, replying to South
Africa's first innings total of 248, reached 252-5 by lunch on the third
day in Chittagong after they resumed play on 179-4.
had Mushfiqur Rahim leg-before for 28 in South Africa's only success of
the morning session, but Shakib and Das then stood firm to defy the
Rahim, who was initially given not out before
South Africa successfully reviewed the decision, added 12 runs to his
Shakib, unbeaten on 32 at the break, started
slowly but found his rhythm after hitting medium pacer Stiaan van Zyl
for two back-to-back fours.
Das, who was batting on 29 alongside
the former Bangladesh captain, drove Steyn straight to take Bangladesh
past South Africa's first innings total.
A single off the next ball helped them equal their highest score of 252 runs against South Africa in nine Tests.
who have lost their previous eight Tests against South Africa, most of
them by an innings margin, had made an impressive start to the match by
bowling out the Proteas cheaply on the opening day.
Mahmudullah scored 67 and Tamim Iqbal added 57 in the rain-shortened second day to lay a strong foundation for the home side.
The second match of the two-Test series will be played in Dhaka from July 30-August 3.