Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis    Getty Images
Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis Getty Images

Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma’s fifties extended South Africa s lead to 379 before lunch on Day 4 of the first Test. There was 139 runs added in this session. Du Plessis and Bavuma added an unbeaten 133 stand for fourth wicket. Bangladesh bowlers did receive an early breakthrough with their tight lines and length. However, they were unable to stop du Plessis assault. Du Plessis and Bavuma remained unbeaten on 77 and 64 respectively.

Overnight rains did try to threaten the game at the start of the session. However, Amla and Bavuma ensured to build on the 230-run lead. Mustafizur Rahman bagged Hashim Amla s priced scalp for 28. An edge got the better of Amla and caught comfortably by Liton Das.

Since, it was du Plessis and Bavuma s show. To add to the plight of Bangladesh, Bavuma was dropped on 9. Imrul Kayes injured his fingers in the process. To much relief of Bangladesh, Kayes returned to the field after nursing his injury.

Du Plessis took 5 fours and a six to reach his fifty off 55 deliveries. In the meantime, Bavuma too smashed his ninth Test fifty off 75 deliveries. He got to his milestone that comprised of 6 boundaries.

Earlier, Bangladesh had their moments on Day Three but could not prevent South Africa from moving into a dominant position. Mominul Haque (77) and Mahmudullah (66) fifties avoided a follow-on for Bangladesh after South Africa declared on 496 for 3.

After being bundled for 320, Bangladesh showed immense improvement from Day Two removing openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram cheaply.

South Africa were 54 for 2 when bad light brought an early close to Day Three.

Brief scores:

South Africa 496 for 3 decl. & 203 for 3 (Faf du Plessis 77*, Temba Bavuma 64*; Mustafizur Rahman 2 for 30) lead Bangladesh 320 all out (Mominul Haque 77, Mahmudullah 66; Keshav Maharaj 3 for 92) by 379 runs.