Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram    Getty Images
Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram Getty Images

South Africa went into lunch at 126 for 0 on the opening day of the second and final Test. Playing at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram made mockery of the Bangladesh bowling and dented their spirit with aggressive batting display. Apart from Mustafizur Rahman, none of the bowlers could contain the hosts below 4 RPO.

Elgar continued where he had left from. After his stunning 199 in the first match, Elgar is now marching towards another long and remarkable innings. However, he has been more confident in this match, scoring runs at a strike of 81.8. His opening partner Markram started comparatively slow but reached his second fifty at the stroke of lunch.

Given the track has a layer of grass on it, Bangladesh opted to bowl. The idea did not come as a surprise: exploit the conditions and belittle South Africa to a low score. But whatever plans they had dished out were rubbished by the in-form pair of Elgar and Markram.

In the absence of the injured Morne Morkel, South Africa added Duanne Oliver. Bangladesh, on the other hand, made 4 changes: they drafted in Soumya Sarkar for the injured Tamim Iqbal, while Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain and Subashis Roy were added to bolster the weakened team. Apart from Tamim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam were benched.

Brief scores:

South Africa 126 for 0 (Deal Elgar 72, Aiden Markram 54; Mustafizur Rahman 13 for 0) vs Bangladesh.

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