Steyn Strikes With SA On Top

Dale Steyn surpassed the 400-Test wicket mark on day one of South Africa’s second Test against Bangladesh on Thursday as the hosts closed on 246/8 in Mirpur.  Mustafizur Rahim won the toss but the Tigers were 12/1 when Tamim Iqbal became Steyn’s 400th victim in Tests, caught by Hashim Amla in the slips.

Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque took the hosts to 81 before the latter departed for 40.  Haque became Dane Vilas’ first caught victim off the bowling of JP Duminy.  It was 86/3 when Duminy had Kayes trapped leg before wicket for 30.
However the home side battled back with a good 94 run stand between Mahmudullah and the captain.  Steyn broke the resistance when he had the former caught by Temba Bavuma for 35.  A nagging 35-run partnership ensued between the skipper and new man Shakib Al Hasan before Rahim was caught by Vilas off Dean Elgar for 65.
Five runs later Liton Das was back in the hut for just 3 when Duminy had him caught by Elgar.  Shakib and Nasir Hossein added 25 runs before Morne Morkel joined the party and had the world’s top-ranked all rounder caught by Elgar for 35.  There was time for one more Steyn strike as the fast bowler castled Mohammad Shahid for just 1 as the Bangladeshis went to stumps 246/8 1.5 overs shy of the full 90 on the opening day at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.