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Maharaj attacks as SA prosper against Tigers


Published : 09 Apr 2022 10:34 PM | Updated : 09 Apr 2022 10:34 PM

Bangladesh started the second day on a positive note with Khaled Ahmed getting under Kyle Verreynne's skin. He first had an LBW review sent up but dismissed by the third umpire, and then proceeded to exchange words with Verreynne having fired back a throw at the batter. Inbetween Verryenne managed a couple of boundaries against Ahmed even as one came off the outside edge. Eventually, he had his middle stump knocked over with a ball nipping in from the same bowler.

But that was to be their lone moment of success in a morning session dominated by the bat otherwise. Keshav Maharaj, who came in next, put the attack to the sword while racing away to a run-a-ball fifty. Smoking two sixes as Taijul Islam erred in length, Maharaj wasted no time getting going.

In his company Wiaan Mulder too gradually began to open up, even managing to loft Mehidy Hasan for a six over the course of a frenetic 80-run stand for the 7th wicket. Maharaj got to his 4th half-century in Tests with another lofted six over long on.

However, Mulder's knock came to an end in the latter stages of the first session when Taijul managed to get one to rip past his outside edge and have him bowled for 33. Maharaj though remained unbeaten on 55, as South Africa inched closer to the 400-run mark.