Cape Town - Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram provided the 11th
instance of a South African opening partnership of more than 200 runs
to set up the Proteas for a commanding opening day of the second Test match against Bangladesh at the Mangaung Oval on Friday.
final stand of 243 was South Africa's eighth highest of all time and
was the first instance of both opening batsmen scoring centuries since
Graeme Smith and Neil
McKenzie shared a stand of 204 at Lord’s in 2008.
who has had a wonderful year of Test cricket, completed his 1 000 Test
runs for the calendar year with 5 centuries and by scoring his 10th
Test century overall, became the ninth Protea batsman to achieve a double digit total of Test centuries.
At the other end of the scale Markram made up for his near miss in the previous match with his maiden Test match century.
was even more impressive was the run rate they established that the
Proteas maintained throughout the day.
Their partnership required little
more than 53 overs
before Elgar was dismissed (113 off 152 balls, 17 fours). Markram, in
turn, went on to finish on 143 (186 balls, 22 fours) as both batsmen had
strike rates well in excess of 70.
Proteas scored 126 in the first session, 130 in the second and a
further 172 in the slightly extended final session.
The Proteas finished
on 428/3 after once again
being sent into bat with Hashim Amla (89 off 99 balls, 12 fours) and Faf
du Plessis (62 off 92 balls, 6 fours) having so far added an unbroken
140 for the fourth wicket.
was a day on which the revamped Bangladesh attack took the best part of
the first two sessions to either come up with an effective strategy or
employ it effectively.
They eventually caused a few problems with some short-pitched bowling to
a well set field but it only provided temporary relief until Amla and
Du Plessis put their collective feet on the accelerator pedal.
Plessis is now in a position to take the lead to whatever he wants,
probably somewhere in the region of 600 and still give his bowlers a
first assault on Bangladesh
with plenty of overs still to be bowled on day two.
from the runs that they put on the board the Proteas will be well
pleased with a pitch with a lot more pace and bounce than its
predecessor at Potchefstroom
and the fact that the Bangladesh attack could use the short ball
effectively suggests that the Proteas will be able to do a lot more of
Proteas hit 58 boundaries on the day to give a huge boost to the
Sunfoil Educational Trust (SET) fund to promote underprivileged
It boosted the fund
by R65 500, taking the total for the series so far to R290 000.