Bangladesh 127-3 after South Africa declares on 496-3

South Africa vs Bangladesh

There were ten centuries by their openers in between, including seven from Elgar.

As Mominul completed a simple catch, a heart-broken Elgar trudged off towards the dressing room amid congratulatory gestures from the Bangladesh players, bringing to an end a superb effort that had lasted over nine hours.

Markram found himself nearly halfway down the pitch following a Sabbir Rahman delivery to Elgar and Bangladesh took full advantage as Mominul Haque's throw allowed Mehidy Hasan to whip off the bails.

Captain Faf du Plessis was 26 not out and Temba Bavuma 31 not out when South Africa decided at the tea break that they had enough runs to put Bangladesh in. The declaration meant that Tamim could not open the innings for the first time in his 52-Test career nor bat until 49 minutes had elapsed in Bangladesh's innings, therefore exposing Liton Das - who had kept wickets for 146 overs - to the makeshift openers' role.

"I'm more than happy to take it", he said at stumps of his innings of 97, with South Africa on 298 for one at Senwes Park.

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. "Hopefully the pitch will be best for batting from the second day". Opener Tamim Iqbal was off the field nursing an injury.

At 36 for 2, Mushfiqur and Mominul Haque joined hands to save Bangladesh from a top-order, choosing to counter-attack.

2008 - The last time South Africa reached 400 in an innings for the loss of one or fewer wickets, which was also against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Although the misses did not prove too costly in the runs column - Mushfiqur was on six when the first drop went down, but was eventually dismissed by Maharaj for 44 - the slip position is becoming a problem.

Aiden Markram has focused on the positives rather than the disappointment of missing out on a Test century on debut, after a dominant opening day of the first Test match against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on Thursday.

Elgar said it would be up to the coach and captain whether he remained in the position - he continued to stand at slip to Maharaj after the chances went down - and explained where he had gone wrong.

Amla quickly picked up where Markram left off, steadying the ship with a half-century which leaves his side firmly in control heading into day two.

Mustafizur and Shafiul picked up one wicket apiece.

Du Plessis said at the toss he was "very surprised" by Rahim's decision. It will be interesting to see where it lands today.

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