Morne Morkel took 2 early wickets    Getty Images
Morne Morkel took 2 early wickets Getty Images

Rains continued to halt South Africa’s success. The Proteas bowlers were in complete command. They ripped apart Bangladesh’s top-order heading to early stumps with 3 wickets under their belt on Day 4 of the first Test. Keshav Maharaj was ensured the session belonged to South Africa grasping the wicket of Imrul Kayes for 32. Meanwhile, Morne Morkel who provided early inroads to South Africa suffered a side strain during the tea break and will not bowl in the remaining Test. He would be heading for early scan on Monday.

Rains did disrupt the match within 20 minutes of the beginning of the second session. But the Proteas marched on and set up a mammoth target of 424 for Bangladesh. With still 375 to win, Bangladesh are wobbling at 49 for 3.

The second session began in favour of Bangladesh. Mustafizur Rahman removed the dangerous Faf du Plessis, who missed his century by 19 runs. Soon dark clouds loomed over the Potchefstroom, delaying the game for half an hour.

Bavuma who also looked in good stead, found his way back to the pavilion for 71. Liton Das timed his dive to complete the catch. Mominul Haque doubled it with another wicket under his belt Quinton de Kock for 8.

Maharaj and Andile Phehlukwayo went on to build the lead, until du Plessis decided to declare with lead of 423.

South Africa returned to the square with an intention to dismantle Bangladesh in quick succession. Morne Morkel did so claiming 2 wickets in his first over. Tamim Iqbal was gone for nought while Mominul was trapped for zero as well. However, on replay it was shown the delivery missed leg. Bangladesh avoided losing their reviews.

The pressure mounted on Bangladesh when Mushfiqur Rahim too was bowled by Morkel. However, a no ball kept Bangladesh at bay. This was the 14th time Morkel claimed a wicket of a no ball in Test cricket.

South Africa s slip ups continued when du Plessis dropped a dolly in the second slip of Kayes on 6. With the spinners into attack, South Africa regained their control.

Earlier, Bavuma and du Plessis 142-run stand for the fourth wicket set the tone for South Africa. Their top-order failed to capitalise on their earlier innings. The duo got to their fifties at a brisk rate keeping the hosts ahead in the game.

Brief scores:

South Africa 496 for 3 decl. & 247 for 6 (Faf du Plessis 81, Temba Bavuma 71; Mustafizur Rahman 2 for 30) lead Bangladesh 320 all out & 49 for 3 (Imrul Kayes 32; Morne Morkel 2 for 19) by 375 runs.