Port Elizabeth, April 9: Despite a six-wicket run by Bangladeshi spinner Taijul Islam, South Africa posted a disheartening 453 tackles total in the first inning on the second day of their second series decider at St. George’s Park on Saturday.
However, Taijul’s efforts were in vain as South Africa were in complete control after reducing the visitors to 139 from 5 in their first innings for stumps on day two. Mulder took out three left-hand batsmen, catching them lbw in similar fashion, while Olivier dropped the first and fifth wickets.
Olivier had Mahmudul Hasan Joy caught on the first slip for a duck in the first over. Mominul Haque continued his losing streak in the Test series, when he too was pinned by Mulder and when Olivier eliminated Litton Das, he completed four consecutive sacks with striking similarities.
For South Africa, bowling all-rounder Keshav Maharaj was the top scorer and smashed a career best with 95 balls and 84 to help South Africa to a total of 453 runs.
Maharaj, who starred in crucial positions of 80 and 38 with Wiaan Mulder and Simon Harmer, was finally sacked by Taijul in the second session.
Taijul bagged his 10th haul of five Test wickets with Maharaj’s wicket and also reached the 150-wicket milestone in Tests. Taijul, playing his 35th Test, is the second highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the Tests after Shakib Al Hasan who has 215 wickets in 59 matches.
Taijul remained Bangladesh’s standout player, finishing with figures of six for 135 in 50 overs that included 10 maidens.
Bowling all-rounder Maharaj saw his aggressive hitting come to an end when he was castled by a delivery from Taijul after the right-hander attempted a big side-leg jerk. Maharaj has played aggressively since he started hitting and hit fifty with only fifty deliveries before lunch.
Short scores: South Africa 453 in 136.2 overs (Maharaj 84, Elgar 70, Bavuma 67, Petersen 64, Taijul 6-135, Khaled 3-100) leads Bangladesh 139 by 5 in 41 overs (Tamim 47, Mulder 3-15, Olivier 2-17) for 314 runs