Bangladesh left in tatters as Proteas edge closer to Test series win

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Keshav Maharaj and Kyle Verreynne (Gallo Images)
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  • The Proteas are on the verge of a Test series win in Gqeberha after an enthralling day of cricket on day three of the second Test against Bangladesh.
  • Earlier in the day, Simon Harmer and Keshav Maharaj quickly skittled Bangladesh out for 210 with SA not enforcing the follow-on.
  • Sarel Erwee top-scored with 41 as the Proteas declared and set the tourists 413 for a win before three wickets fell for Bangladesh before stumps.

The Proteas have batted their way to a comfortable position and are on the verge of victory after day three of the second Test against Bangladesh at St George's Park in Gqeberha on Sunday.

Bangladesh requires 386 runs to win after ending Day 3 on 27/3.

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After resuming on 139/5 overnight, Bangladesh clawed their way back into the Test match as they looked untroubled in the first hour.

A 70-run partnership between Yasir Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim proved to be a thorn in the Proteas' side but Keshav Maharaj provided a much needed breakthrough. 

Maharaj broke the partnership as Ali was caught and bowled for a well-played 46 off 87 balls.

Rahim then went on to bring up his 25th Test half-century off 134 balls but soon perished just before lunch as spinner Simon Harmer bowled him for 51 off 136 balls.

Bangladesh only added seven runs after lunch as Harmer and Maharaj ran through the tail.

Taijul Islam tried to attack Harmer but was caught at mid-off for 5. Maharaj got into the action again as Mehidy Hasan Miraz tried to slog-sweep, only to be caught in the deep for 11.

The following over saw Ebadot Hossain caught off the bowling of Harmer as the spinner took three wickets for 39. All-rounder Wiaan Mulder, who starred with the ball on Day 2 posted the best bowling figures for the Proteas with 3/25.

Dean Elgar chose not to enforce the follow on and looked to extend South Africa's lead, which was already at 236 runs.

A 60-run opening stand between Elgar and Sarel Erwee took the game away from the tourists but eventually ended as Elgar tried to reverse sweep Taijul Islam, who took six wickets in the first innings, to be bowled for 26 off 29 balls.

Keegan Petersen's wicket followed as he was trapped LBW by Islam for 14 off 25 balls.

Erwee fell shortly after tea as he chipped a Khaled Ahmed delivery straight to mid-on for a solid 41 off 66 balls (five fours). Islam picked up his third wicket as Ryan Rickelton was caught for 12.

Vice-captain Temba Bavuma was going strong but attempted to slog sweep and got trapped in front off the bowling off Mehidy. Bavuma reviewed it, but ball-tracking showed all red and he departed for 30 off 56 balls (two fours).

Mulder was the final man out as Mehidy bowled him for 6 prompting Elgar to declare on 176/6 as Bangladesh were set a target of 413 to win.

With 12 overs left of the day, Maharaj was given the new ball and struck in the first over as Mahmudul Hasan Joy edged to Harmer at slip for a duck. 

Maharaj didn't stop there as he trapped Najmul Hossain Shanto LBW for 7.

Opener Tamim Iqbal was the final wicket of the day as he edged Harmer to slip for 13 as Bangladesh ended on 27 for 3.

Skipper Mominul Haque will resume unbeaten on 5*.

Day 3 would also known see a fierce contest between ball and body.

Multiple blows occurred, whether it was Mehidy getting stretchered off after getting hit on the chest, Erwee getting hit on the helmet at short leg or Bavuma's helmet clashing with Ahmed's wrist.

It was an entertaining day of the cricket but one that saw the Proteas firmly in control at the end of it. 

Scores in brief:

South Africa 453 all out in 136.1 overs (Maharaj 84, Elgar 70, Taijul Islam 6/135) and 176/6 in 39.5 overs (Erwee 41, Verreynne 39*, Islam 3/67, Mehidy 2/34)

Bangladesh 210/7 in 70 overs (Rahim 51, Iqbal 47, Mulder 3/25, Harmer 3/39) and 27/3 in 9.1 overs (Iqbal 13, Maharaj 2/6, Harmer 1/8)

Bangladesh need 386 runs to win.

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