Dale Steyn (middle) finished with 3 for 78 © AFP (File Photo)
Dale Steyn (middle) finished with 3 for 78 © AFP (File Photo)

Dale Steyn ran out of batsmen to dismiss as he was left stranded on 399 Test wickets after helping South Africa bowl Bangladesh out for 326 on Day Three of the first Test at Chittagong. Bangladesh registered their  highest Test score against South Africa, 326, and ensured a 78-run lead after Litton Das’ maiden Test half-century. Mohammad Shahid showed that scoring quickly was not impossible, slogging his way to a 19-ball 25 with four fours and a six. Steyn got rid of Taijul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman after Simon Harmer took out Litton for a round 50. LIVE SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs South Africa, 1st Test at Chittagong, Day 3

Shahid proved to be a thorn in South Africa’s flesh, using his long handle with devastating effect against Harmer. The aptly-named Shahid threw his bat at the spinner, hitting him for a huge straight six. He perished trying to muscle one from Vernon Philander over cow corner only to hole out to Stiaan van Zyl. Litton was unfortunate to be dismissed, getting an inside edge onto his pad which was then snapped up by Quinton de Kock just in front of the stumps. Taijul tried to play one to third man but was caught be Dean Elgar, and Mustafizur slapped one to backward point to give Steyn his 399th Test wicket. Live Blog: Bangladesh vs South Africa 2015, 1st Test at Chittagong, Day 3

Earlier, Steyn finally struck to inch closer to the 400-wicket landmark, but Shakib Al Hasan ensured that Bangladesh took the lead against South Africa. Bangladesh led by a mere four runs, but symbolically they were the outright winners of the session. Mushfiqur Rahim was out LBW to Steyn for 28, after a DRS referral ruled in favour of the bowler. Litton Das and Shakib then ensured that Bangladesh went to lunch without further loss. It was a slow session, but far from uneventful. Shakib was unable to find his timing, and Litton was often guilty of playing false strokes, but South Africa were unable to break through their stand. The do ensured that the runs kept coming. The duo added an unbroken 57 to ensure Bangladesh ended well ahead in the match. READ: Mustafizur Rahman’s triple strike dents South Africa

Earlier, rain played spoilsport on Day Two. Bangladesh ended the day at 179 for 4 in reply to South Africa’s first innings score of 248. Match officials called off play after persistent rain interrupted the match for a second time. Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah each hit half-centuries to guide Bangladesh. Tamim made 57 while Mahmudullah scored 67. as Bangladesh reduced their first innings deficit to 95 runs after resuming second day’s play on 7 for 0. Part-time spinner Dean Elgar bowled Tamim off a full toss, while Stiaan van Zyl and Simon Harmer took a wicket apiece as well.

Newcomers van Zyl and Harmer were the only wicket-takers in the first session of Day Two, with Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque being the batsmen dismissed. The over rate remained decent, with the session producing 28 overs for 73 runs and two wickets. A minor skirmish right at the end of the session, when Quinton de Kock seemed to shove Tamim, marred what was otherwise an engaging session of Test cricket. Dale Steyn proved to be the surprising voice of calmness as he spoke to Tamim and ensured the exchange of words did not continue. South Africa were bowled out for 248 on Day One. Bangladesh needed to survive just two overs in the day, which they did without losing a wicket. Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets in four balls to rip the heart out of the South African innings before Temba Bavuma scored his maiden Test half-century to lend some respectability to the total. READ: Mohammad Shahid puts in the yards, Bangladesh reap the benefits

Brief scores:

South Africa 248 (Dean Elgar 47, Faf du Plessis 48, Temba Bavuma 54; Mustafizur Rahman 4 for 37, Jubair Hoassain 3 for 53) trail Bangladesh 326 (Tamim Iqbal 57, Mahmudullah 67, Litton Das 50; Dale Steyn 3 for 78, Simon Harmer 3 for 105) by 78 runs.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)