Elgar and Markram bring up unique double

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, who made 199, said: "We are in quite a strong position but our bowlers didn´t really hit their straps, especially with the new ball".

Starting off the day on 298/1, South Africa continued to punish Bangladesh as Elgar and Amla continued from where they left off.

Both those drops came off Maharaj before he finally got Mushfiqur.

But, just as Bangladesh were rebuilding their innings, Rahim was caught by Markram at short leg off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj for 44.

"Originally we thought the wicket is quite slow so you have to come closer".

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. On the first day Markram was run out on 97, on debut, and his partner Elgar was out on 199 on the second day. I was standing too close.

Tamim walked in at No. 5 for the first time in his career and manfully saw off Bangladesh in the company of Mominul.

He and Mominul Haque (28 not out) batted through to the close, with Tamim dancing down the wicket to Maharaj to hit the last ball of the day for six to finish on 22 not out.

Elgar made 128 not out, his ninth Test century, and put on 196 for the first wicket with debutant Aiden Markram, who was run out for 97 as the Proteas closed on 298 for one.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 51-run partnership before the Proteas declared at the tea break on 496/3. The Under 19 World Cup winning South Africa captain, Markram, kept the boundaries coming and soon brought the 50-run stand with Elgar off 82 deliveries.

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.

The only wicket to fall was a run out when Markram and Elgar got into a mix-up on the first day and Markram missed out on a century on his test debut. "I think I was more disappointed than he was". I would have loved to have seen Aiden get a hundred in his first innings, that would have been brilliant as my new opening partner.

Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed said he was surprised by the "flat" pitch. "It's nearly like the ball is increasing in pace off the wicket when the spinner is bowling and then off the seamer it's coming quite slowly", he said. "The negative is that we didn´t get enough wickets".

  • Angelo Rivera