Mominul, Mahmudullah lead Bangladesh’s resistance

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Bangladesh39Sports desk: Fifties from Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah led Bangladesh’s resistance and helped them avoid the follow on in reply to South Africa’s 496 for 3 declared. The tourists were 308 for 8 at tea, after losing Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed to the second new ball.

Morne Morkel struck off the first delivery of the second new ball, finding extra bounce and having Sabbir Rahman chop onto the stumps for 30 off 46 balls. Temba Bavuma’s brilliance at backward point then set up the run out of Taskin Ahmed in the next over.

Bangladesh had started the day on a positive note, however, with Tamim Iqbal driving Kagiso Rabada through backward point. Rabada then found reverse swing and hit Tamim’s pads twice in two overs with HawkEye siding with the on-field umpire’s not-out call on both occasions.

Mominul, too, had a rough time in the first hour, taking 32 deliveries to score on the third morning. He could have been out lbw twice in a Rabada over, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis opted not to review the on-field not-out decisions. Mominul’s first runs came in the 44th over in which Rabada went on to concede 17 runs.

Tamim then fell a couple of overs later when Andile Phehlukwayo, the debutant, had the batsman strangled down the leg side with Quinton de Kock diving full-length to his right to claim a sensational one-handed catch.

Mominul, however, grew in fluency and defined Bangladesh’s growth as a batting unit. He reached his second fifty of the year and 12th overall when he blasted left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj down the ground.

Mominul added only five runs after lunch before he turned a Maharaj delivery to short leg, where Aiden Markram claimed s sharp, low catch. Mominul’s 77 off 150 balls was the highest Test score by a Bangladesh batsman in South Africa.

Mahmudullah then took over and added 65 with Sabbir for the sixth wicket. He drove fluently through the off side and even dared to hit Maharaj against the break. One such slog-sweep against the break brought up Bangladesh’s 300. South Africa then hit back, dismissing Mahmudullah and Sabbir in identical fashion. Taskin then fell just before tea to leave his side eight down.

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