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South Africa snuff out three after Elgar, Amla tons

South Africa snuff out three after Elgar, Amla tons

South Africa snuff out three after Elgar, Amla tons

There was competition between the South Africa-Bangladesh and the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test played at Abu Dhabi as the number of wickets in Tests was hanging on 69999 for almost three hours.

Elgar, 30, went to his century two balls after the run out but was muted in his celebrations, obviously upset after seeing his young partner miss out on the milestone.

They have brought South Africa's score to close to 400 (391/1 in 111.1 overs).

Mushfiqur Rahim (44) came to the wicket and was dropped twice off Keshav Maharaj as he and Monimul Haque shared a 67 run partnership.

Elgar and Amla's contributions saw South Africa declare on a mammoth total of 496.

Markram says the squad has taken a lot of encouragement from Elgar's gutsy nature and inspiring contributions throughout the season, which have become synonymous with the fighting left-hander. "I was standing too close, but it's inconsistent coming off the pitch, which makes it very hard to bat as well", Elgar said.

Tamim (22) finally came to the wicket and he and Monimul (28*) moved the score to 127 with the latter hitting the final ball of the day for six.

It was the first time in his 52-Test career that he had not faced the first ball of an innings.

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Dean Elgar's unbeaten century and 97 from debutant Aiden Markram helped South Africa take control on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh.

Temba Bavuma (31*) and Faf du Plessis (26*) took the Proteas to tea and during the break the skipper declared.

Elgar soon stepped up the scoring rate and even completed his half-century as South Africa went on to reach 99 for naught at the end of the first session.

Who knows just how much activity - if at all - South Africa might have in a second turn at the crease at Senwes Park.

Perera's wicket was nearly the 70000th wicket to fall in Tests as the Sri Lankan all-rounder was adjudged lbw but the decision was overturned on both the occasions before Amla's eventual departure.

"I should have hit it for four", said Elgar who still had regrets about the run-out of Markram, who fell three runs short of a century on debut after a mix-up on Thursday.

"I would like to put that to bed, I'm bitterly disappointed and I get angry and frustrated speaking about it. I would have loved to see Aiden get a hundred in his first Test innings and I am still angry about it".

The Bangladesh bowlers hardly looked like creating chances on a placid track and the Proteas openers made full use of it as they inched closer to the 200 run partnership. "If we can squeeze them then I'd like to think we have enough in the tank to roll them early tomorrow and potentially have another crack with the bat".

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