Elgar, Maharaj help South Africa down Bangladesh

Hosts thrash visitors by 333 runs to take 1-0 lead in the two-Test series

Opener Dean Elgar produced his career-best and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj’s brilliant bowling performance helped South Africa thrash Bangladesh by 333 runs in the first Test to take 1-0 lead in the two-match series in Potchefstroom on Monday.

It was Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim who won the toss and opted to bowl first on a surface which looked seamers friendly.However, his pace attack comprises of left-armer Mustafizur Rahman and right-armer Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed could not manage to capitalize as Proteas posted mammoth 496 for the loss of three wickets.

The star of the show was left-handed Elgar, who scored his career-best 199 off 388 with the help of 15 fours and three sixes.

He was well supported by veteran Hashim Amla, who scored 137 of 200 with the help of 17 boundaries and one maximum, and fellow opener Aiden Markram, who narrowly missed out on the century in his debut Test and got out after scoring 97.

In reply, Bangladesh managed to post a respectable reply of 320, courtesy fighting half-centuries from Mominul Haque (77 off 150) and Mahmudullah (66 off 124).

For South Africa, Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three, whereas pacers Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada picked two wickets each.In the second innings, Proteas scored quick-fire 247-6 in 56 overs and set 424-run target for the visitors.

Captain Faf du Plessis finished the innings with the top score of 81 off 101 with the help of six fours and one six.Chasing such a huge target and that too against a quality bowling attack was always going to be too much for the visitors, and they bundled out for 90 in less than 33 overs on the final day.

Maharaj was once again the star of the show, as he claimed four, whereas Rabada picked three and Morkel took two wickets.For his outstanding batting performance, Elgar was awarded man of the match.

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