Harmer’s all-round effort makes it South Africa’s day


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Bangladesh stoop to 98 for 4 in reply to South Africa’s 367 on the second day

Bangladesh 98 for 4 (Pleasure 44*, Shanto 38, Harmer 4-42) path South Africa 367 (Bavuma 93, Elgar 67, Khaled 4-92, Mehidy 3-94) by 269 runs

Simon Harmer marked his return to Check cricket by taking the primary 4 Bangladesh wickets on the second afternoon in Durban. The offspinner, who took 491 wickets between this Check and his final in 2015, pegged away on the guests. Earlier within the day, his dogged 38 off 73 balls had helped South Africa to 367 after they had been 298 for 8 at one level. In reply, Bangladesh ended the day at 98 for 4.

Unhealthy gentle through the afternoon meant that South Africa used their quick bowlers Duanne Olivier and Lizaad Williams for simply 9 overs. Harmer and Maharaj wheeled away for 20 overs and 19 overs respectively.

Harmer first eliminated Shadman Islam for 9 earlier than tea after which bowled Najmul Hossain Shanto for 38 with a supply that turned and hit the highest of off stump. Arguably, it was Harmer’s finest ball on the day – a beautiful offbreak that turned previous the surface edge and ended a 55-run partnership for the second wicket.

In Harmer’s subsequent over, Mominul fell, to Keegan Petersen’s good catch at silly-point, for a duck. To compound Bangladesh’s troubles, Harmer additionally eliminated Mushfiqur Rahim within the forty sixth over of the innings, Kyle Verreynne taking an excellent catch down the leg aspect.

Harmer had earlier performed a vital function in South Africa placing collectively a aggressive complete. He added 34 for the ninth wicket with Williams after which 35 for the final wicket with Olivier to frustrate Bangladesh. He stepped up when South Africa wanted a contribution from the decrease order.

The competition was even perhaps when Khaled Ahmed eliminated Verreynne and Wiaan Mulder off consecutive balls within the morning session. After Verreynne was trapped lbw, Mulder edged Khaled’s subsequent ball to gully the place Mahmudul Hasan Pleasure took the primary of his two sharp catches at gully. Within the morning session, South Africa misplaced 4 for 53, however they bounced again strongly later within the day.

Temba Bavuma and Maharaj added 53 runs for the seventh wicket earlier than Mehidy Hasan Miraz received one to tear again into Bavuma. The South Africa captain top-scored with 93 off 190 balls. Subsequent ball, Ebadot Hossain bowled Maharaj for 19.

Olivier and Harmer batted out 12 overs earlier than Olivier performed again to a different big-turning offbreak from Mehidy and fell lbw. Khaled completed with 4 for 92 whereas Mehidy with 3 for 94. Taskin, who was the Participant of the Sequence within the ODIs, went wicketless on Friday though he put in a superb shift with the ball.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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