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Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 28 © AFP

Stiaan van Zyl and Dean Elgar helped South Africa reduce their first-innings deficit against Bangladesh to just 17 as rain and bad light once again marred the first Test at Chittagong. Elgar was unbeaten on 28 while van Zyl continued to impress with 33 not out. Barely 12 overs could be bowled in the post-tea session before the weather once again reared its head. South Africa managed to reach 61 without loss, 17 runs behind Bangladesh’s first-innings score of 326. Mustafizur Rahman, who had taken 3 wickets in four balls in the first innings and 4 wickets overall, was unable to break through this time around, while Mohammad Shahid remains wicketless in this game so far.

Earlier, 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

Brief scores:

South Africa 248 (Dean Elgar 47, Faf du Plessis 48, Temba Bavuma 54; Mustafizur Rahman 4 for 37, Jubair Hossain 3 for 53) & 61 for no loss (Dean Elgar 28*; Stiaan van Zyl 33*; Mustafizur Rahman 0 for 21) trail Bangladesh 326 (Tamim Iqbal 57, Mahmudullah 67, Litton Das 50; Dale Steyn 3 for 78, Simon Harmer 3 for 105) by 17 runs.

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