Potchefstroom - South African fast bowler Morne Morkel took two wickets for no runs in the first over of Bangladesh's second innings before an injury to the fast bowler and a thunderstorm hit South Africa's hopes of an early win on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.
As it happened: South Africa v Bangladesh, Day 4
Bangladesh were reeling at 49 for three after being set to make 424
to win when a storm hit Senwes Park during the tea break and no further
play was possible.
More showers are possible on the final day on Monday and Morkel, who took two for 19, is not expected to bowl again.
"It's a massive blow. Morne is the leader of our attack and he was
hot out there," said batsman Temba Bavuma, whose innings of 71 helped
South Africa to declare on 247 for six in mid-afternoon.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper Liton Das, who took a remarkable catch to
dismiss Bavuma, anticipating a lap sweep by the batsman and moving
sharply to his left to hold the ball in his left hand at close range,
said he expected left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj to be the main threat
to Bangladesh's hopes of saving the game.
"The South African bowlers did a very good job but the pitch is slow
so the challenge will be Maharaj. It's also a fifth-day wicket," said
Morkel's sensational start could have been even better. He was denied a third wicket because of a no-ball.
Morkel, bowling around the wicket, bowled Tamim Iqbal with his fourth
ball, a superb delivery which straightened off the pitch and hit the
Two balls later he won a leg before wicket decision against another
left-hander, Mominul Haque, who made top score of 77 in Bangladesh's
After consulting batting partner Imrul Kayes, Mominul did not seek a
television review of umpire Chris Gaffaney's decision but replays showed
the ball would have missed the leg stump.
Switching to over the wicket, Morkel uprooted the middle stump of
Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's right-handed captain, with the second
delivery of his next over.
But a television check showed the bowler had over-stepped the bowling crease. A no-ball was called and Rahim was reprieved.
It was a world record 14th occasion on which Morkel had been denied a Test wicket because of a no-ball.
South Africa missed another chance when captain Faf du Plessis
dropped Kayes at second slip off Kagiso Rabada when the batsman was on
Kayes made 32 before he was caught behind off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in what proved to be the last over of the day.
"We've been working on our disciplines," said Bavuma. "We try to cut
out taking wickets with no-balls. It is a bit frustrating. When Morne
commits a cardinal sin like that he takes it emotionally.
"Catching as well. Faf is one of the best catchers. As long as we do
the hard yards at nets we are not cheating ourselves. We have to brush
Du Plessis (81) and Bavuma set up South Africa's second-innings
declaration on 247 for six with a fourth-wicket partnership of 142 off
Part-time left-arm spinner Mominul claimed a career-best three for 27 as South Africa chased quick runs.
He had taken only four wickets in 23 previous Tests.
By contrast, Mehidy Hasan, Bangladesh's only front-line spinner, did
not take a wicket and conceded 247 runs in 67 overs during the match -
the third-highest number of runs conceded by a bowler without taking a
wicket in a Test match, a list headed by South Africa's Imran Tahir, who
leaked 260 runs against Australia in 2012.