Chittagong - Dean Elgar and Stiaan van Zyl shared a fifty partnership in the
opening stand as South Africa made a brisk start Tuesday in the first
Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
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The visitors reached 104-1
at lunch on the opening day after skipper Hashim Amla won the toss and
elected to bat on an easy pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Mahmudullah took the only wicket of the morning when van Zyl edged a
catch to wicketkeeper Litton Das down the leg side to end his 58-run
opening stand with Elgar.
Van Zyl led the early charge, hitting six boundaries as he scored 34 runs off 49 balls.
was unbeaten on 30, while Faf du Plessis had reached 33 by the interval
as the Proteas looked to bounce back from their 2-1 loss in the
preceding one-day international series.
Bangladesh handed left-arm
pacer Mustafizur Rahman a Test debut after his impressive start in ODI
as he claimed 18 wickets in his first six matches
joined pacer Mohammad Shahid, left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan and
Taijul Islam and leg-spinner Jubair Hossain in a five-pronged attack for
the home side.
South Africa left out four uncapped players Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Reeza Hendricks and Dane Vilas.
The second and final Test of the series will be held in Dhaka from July 30 to August 3.