Solid South Africa prove trouble for Bangladesh

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On condition favouring the batsmen, Mushfiqur Rahim put South Africa to bat.

South Africa will be hoping to ease new coach Ottis Gibson into his job in a two-test series against Bangladesh where the home side defend a one-sided record against their opponents but are light on fast bowlers and still tinkering with their top order.

None of the seven Bangladesh bowlers who were given a go on the tame pitch at Senwes Park had any success, with Markram run out to miss out on a century on debut.

Haroon Lorgat's axing as Cricket SA's chief executive, overshadowed the Proteas's good start to the first Test against Bangladesh here Thursday, where Aiden Markram made an accomplished start to his Test career. The pair added 102 for the second wicket.

But that was South Africa's only minor disappointment.

The 100 run opening stand came in the 29th over for South Africa and soon Markram became the ninth Proteas player to reach a fifty on debut.

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Elgar, on 99, played the ball towards backward point in what proved to be the last over before tea.

Aside from Mehidy Hasan Miraz's removal of the bails to see off Markram, it was a dismal day for the bowlers, who continued to struggle following Amla's arrival at the crease.

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Dinesh Chandimal (60) and Niroshan Dickwella (42) were not out at stumps, playing out almost 21 overs together. Chandimal was at fault. But Chandimal was ball-watching and not looking at or listening to his teammate.

Earlier, veteran legspinner Yasir Shah struck twice for Pakistan in the morning - Kusal Mendis was caught behind for 10 and Lahiru Thirimanne went leg before wicket for a duck.