South Africa extended their advantage to 174 after lunch on Day 4 at Kingsmead in Durban, thanks to Dean Elgar’s undefeated half-century. After the hosts took a 69-run first-innings lead on the third day, the southpaw anchored South Africa’s innings.
The weak start of Bangladesh
In Durban, Bangladesh started the day with a score of 98/4. Taskin Ahmed, the visitors’ night watchman, was lost early on, while Liton Das and Mahmudul Hasan remained. With an 80-plus stand for the fifth wicket in the opening session, Joy assured them there were no more setbacks.
Bangladesh lost Liton shortly after lunch, but Joy stayed firm at the other end, putting the South African bowlers to the test with his calm and patient play. The right-hander formed strong partnerships with Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan, and Khaled Ahmed to help the squad reach the 300-run mark.
Bangladesh ended with a total of 298 runs, with Joy being the last man out at 137. He also made history by becoming the first Bangladeshi batter to make a century in a Test match against South Africa. Highlights of the SA vs. BAN match.
Also Read: IPL 2022: SRH vs LSG Match 12 Prediction
The lead extension by Dean Elgar
With the score at 6 for no loss when play resumed on Sunday, the hosts only lost one wicket in the morning session, with Sarel Erwee being caught by Ebadot Hussain. The left-handed starter had been quietly bracing through the early stages of the game, gradually working his way up to a 50-ball 8 before succumbing to the tempo. Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen, on the other hand, made sure there were no further problems.
The Bangladeshis were put on the back foot by the duo’s different styles, which were far from their natural game.
Also Read: IPL 2022: RR vs RCB Match 13 Prediction
The masterstroke by Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar had a bit of bad luck since he was dropped twice. Shanto didn’t bag his attempted drive off Mehidy Hasan the first time, while he was batting on 34. Only a few overs later, at 41, he got an edge to second slip while attempting to cut at a ball short outside the off-stump by Ebodat, and Liton Das offered him life. The veteran southpaw took advantage of the situation and went on to score his 21st Test fifty.
Bangladesh provided South Africa with further opportunities, one of which came late in the session when Mominul Haque declined a review for a leg before that had been rejected down. Petersen would have been fired on 14 if they had taken it.
Brief scores: South Africa 367 & 105/1 (Dean Elgar 62*) lead Bangladesh 298 (Mahmudul Hasan Joy 137, Liton Das 41; Simon Harmer 4-103) by 174 runs.