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CRICDOT DESK : The second day of Durban Test could have been for Bangladesh. But the reins of the first Test of the series have gone to South Africa due to the regret of a pair of believers.

Earlier in the day, Khaled Ahmed’s superb bowling made it possible for the Proteas to tie the game at 300 runs. But adding 69 runs in the last two wickets, South Africa stopped the first innings at 36 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh scored 70 runs for the loss of one wicket. The visitors finished the second day with 96 runs for four wickets. Bangladesh is still 279 runs behind.

After nearly six-and-a-half years of playing Tests, Harmer showed the real magic in bowling after his unbeaten 36 runs with the bat. This off-spinner with four wickets for 42 runs shook Bangladesh.

Saddam Islam was bowled for nine by Harmer. After breaking the opening partnership of 25 runs, Mahmudul Hasan and Nazmul Hossain Shant showed the light of hope by adding 55 runs for the second wicket. But on the last afternoon, Harmer reappeared as Rudra. Nazmul, who scored 37 off 6 balls, was bowled in a superb delivery and after breaking the tie, he returned captain Mominul Haque to zero runs.

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Mushfiqur Rahim (seven) is the fourth victim of Harmer. Mushfiqur, who survived the review once, was returned by the South African bowling hero with the review. Mahmudul somehow spent the last three overs of the day with night watchman Taskin Ahmed. He was unbeaten on 44 at the end of the day. Played 141 balls.

Bangladesh, suffering from wicket loss in the first session of the first day, took four wickets in the first session of the second day. In the morning session, Khaled Ahmed took two wickets in the 63rd over. Kyle Verein (28) and Wayne Mulder (0) are his two victims.

In the second session also Bangladesh got two wickets with two balls. But this time the two took two wickets. Babumar’s wicket, which started the second day with 53 runs, is invaluable. Mehdi Hasan Miraj bowled the last ball of the 96th over. In this, the victim of the shaky nineties is more important than the century of Bavumar.

The Proteas, who were bowled out for 93 off 190 balls with 12 fours, last scored a century in a Test against England six years ago in Cape Town. After Bavuma was bowled, Ibadat also bowled Maharaj (19) in the first ball of the 99th over. With the dismissal of Bavumar, his 53-run partnership with Maharaj was broken for the seventh wicket. South Africa was then 296/6.

From there, the credit for leading the hosts to 38 in the first innings went to two batsmen in the tail, Simon Harmer and Duane Olivier (12). The hosts added 69 runs for the last two wickets. Mirage broke the last pair by trapping Olivier in the leg before. The duo added 35 runs to the pair.

Harmer remained unbeaten on 37 off 63 balls with four fours and a six in his sixth Test. The Bangladesh bowlers, who took four wickets in the morning session, turned the second day at 233/4 to make South Africa 296/7. Fast bowler Khaled Ahmed took four wickets in his fourth Test. Miraj got three wickets and Ibadat got two wickets. This is the first time that South Africa has scored less than 400 runs in an innings in a Test against Bangladesh at home.

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