South Africa's Markram upbeat after run out denies him debut ton

There wasn't too much pressure on him or Elgar even from early on, given that before they had amassed 30 runs together they had already posted the best tally for the first wicket in 14 attempts by South Africa.

Elgar and Markram were largely untroubled as they ticked off several milestones.

None of the seamers looked threatening and Hasan ended up bowling 36 overs, including two with the second new ball, conceding 101 runs.

Dean Elgar became the tenth and first from South Africa to enter the exclusive club.

With Elgar having surpassed the 150-run mark and Amla bringing up his hundred, the Proteas were in complete control. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (44) was the vital wicket for South Africa in the final session, dropped twice by Elgar before Aiden Markram held a catch at short leg off spinner Keshav Maharaj. "I was standing too close", he said.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 51-run partnership before the Proteas declared at the tea break on 496/3.

He and Mominul Haque (28 not out) batted through to the close, with Tamim dancing down the wicket to Maharaj to hit the last ball of the day for six to finish on 22 not out. They grasped 3 wickets before stumps on Day Two of the first Test at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.

The declaration caused a problem for Bangladesh because regular opener Tamim Iqbal had been off the field towards the end of South Africa´s innings, which meant he had to wait for 48 minutes before he could bat. He did smack him for six, with his favoured slog sweep, but Maharaj eventually had his man.

Amla equalled Graeme Smith on 27 Test hundreds - the second-most for a South African batsman - and while Elgar was able to register his highest Test score, he was unable to add his name to the list of the country's Test double centurions, which remains at 15.

Elgar was on 99 and looking for a quick single to get to three figures but, after a moment's hesitation, he decided against a run, leaving Markram halfway up the crease and scrambling unsuccessfully to get back to safety. "I think I was more disappointed than he was".

"You have to take your hat off to the innings that Dean played".

Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed said he was surprised by the "flat" pitch. Perera managed to get an edge before the ball hit his pads and that helped him survive before he was given out lbw for the 3rd time in the innings and the review couldn't save him then. "We didn´t bowl very well", he said. Despite his short stay, Mushfiqur's strike rate of 77.19 was enough to get South Africa to start opening up the field to him and switch to a fuller length.


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