Bangladesh’s hopes for a big first innings total were dented when Dean Elgar sent back Mushfiqur Rahim in the last session of day one.
After a solid fourth-wicket stand between Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur was broken, Bangladesh just kept on sliding. In fact, they lost their last four wickets for 31 runs.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur went past his 15th fifty in Test matches in the last session of the first day, his second against South Africa.
He reached his milestone after playing 79 balls with seven classy boundaries in his innings.
Shakib was the seventh man to fall. He perished to Morne Morkel while looking to defend, was completely opened up and edged the ball to gully, where Elgar took a good catch diving to his left. In the last over of the day, Mohammad Shahid was bowled by Steyn after missing a wild slog.
After the early loss of Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque batted sensibly to bring up the 50-run stand for the 2nd wicket to repair Bangladesh’s innings.
Dale Steyn became the 2nd South African after Shaun Pollock to take 400 Test wickets when he sent back Tamim Iqbal for 6 early in the first session of the 2nd Test.
Tamim played a loose shot, chasing a wide delivery away from the body with an angled bat and managed to get a top-edge to Hashim Amla at first slip.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and decided to bat first in the 2nd and final Test match of the series against South Africa at Mirpur stadium.
South Africa have not lost an away Test series since 2006, and they have always won in Bangladesh.
The home side, however, will hope to build on the advantage they wrested during the Chittagong draw to end the recent string of successful results at home with another unprecedented outcome.
Tigers captain is confident that his team can beat South Africa in Mirpur following the hosts’ impressive performance in the Chittagong Test.
The Mirpur pitch will offer more bounce and a bit more pace than the one in Chittagong.
The fact that it has been mostly under covers in the week leading up to the second Test will also play a role in how it behaves. The forecast is for more of the same: rain and more rain.