Agressive Maharaj propels South Africa to 453 all out

By: AFP
Published: 05:54 PM, 9 Apr, 2022
Agressive Maharaj propels South Africa to 453 all out
Caption: Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Litton Das (R) unsuccessfully attempts to stump out South Africa's Keshav Maharaj (L) during the second day of the second Test cricket match between South Africa and Bangladesh at St George's Park in Gqeberha.
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Keshav Maharaj made a hard-hit 84 before South Africa were bowled out for 453 on the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Maharaj struck his runs off 95 balls with nine fours and three sixes as South Africa added 175 runs to their overnight 278 for five.

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam took six for 135 – the tenth time he has taken five wickets or more in a Test innings.

An early tea was taken when the last wicket fell.

Maharaj raced to his fourth Test half-century off 50 balls with four fours and three sixes and went on to make his highest Test score.

He came in after Kyle Verreynne was bowled for 22 by Khaled Ahmed and almost immediately went on the attack, being severe on fellow left-arm spinner Taijul, whose first ball of the day went for six.

Taijul conceded 27 runs in six overs before switching ends and bowling Wiaan Mulder for 33 to end an 81-run seventh wicket partnership.

Taijul finally dismissed Maharaj when the batsman tried one big shot too many and was bowled. The spinner also had Simon Harmer smartly stumped for 29 by wicketkeeper Liton Das.

The first nine South African batsmen made 20 runs or more but none went on to a century.

South Africa v Bangladesh 2nd Test scoreboard

Scores at the end of South Africa's first innings on the second day of the second Test between South Africa and Bangladesh at St George's Park on Saturday.

South Africa, first innings

D. Elgar c Liton Das b Taijul Islam 70

S. Erwee c Liton Das b Khaled Ahmed 24

K. Petersen lbw b Taijul Islam 64

T. Bavuma c Najmul Hossain b Khaled Ahmed 67

R. Rickelton c Yasir Ali b Taijul Islam 42

K. Verreynne b Khaled Ahmed 22

W. Mulder b Taijul Islam 33

K. Maharaj b Taijul Islam 84

S. Harmer st Liton Das b Taijul Islam 29

L. Williams lbw b Mehidy Hasan 13

D. Olivier not out 0

Extras (lb3, n1, w1) 5

Total (136.2 overs) 453

Fall of wickets: 1-52 (Erwee), 2-133 (Elgar), 3-184 (Petersen), 4-257 (Rickelton), 5-271 (Bavuma), 6-300 (Verreynne), 7-381 (Mulder), 8-418 (Maharaj), 9-453 (Harmer)

Bowling: Khaled Ahmed 29-6-100-3, Mehidy Hasan 26.2-4-85-1, Ebadot Hossain 28-3-121-0 (1w), Taijul Islam 50-10-135-6 (1nb), Najmul Hossain 3-0-9-0

Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wkt), Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain

Match situation: South Africa are all out for 453 in the first innings

AFP

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