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Dean Elgar of the Proteas at St George's Park in Gqeberha. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES
Dean Elgar of the Proteas at St George's Park in Gqeberha. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES

The Proteas took three wickets in the final session as they tightened their grip on the second Test against Bangladesh in Gqeberha on Sunday.

Needing 386 to win and with two days in which to do so‚ the Tigers ended day three on 27/3 after 9.1 overs.

The hosts‚ who dismissed their opponents for 217 shortly after lunch‚ declared on 176/6‚ leaving Bangladesh with 412 to win in what would be a record-breaking run chase at St George’s Park. SA‚ who batted to a first innings 453‚ had wrapped up the tourists’ tail to limit them to 217 in the second session‚ a deficit of 236.

When stumps were drawn‚ captain Mominul Haque was not out on 5 off 22‚ while Mushfiqur Rahim was yet to face a delivery.

The hosts lost three wickets late on‚ when Mahmudul Hasan Joy (0 off 1) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (7 off 10) fell to the bowling of Keshav Maharaj inside the first five overs.

Simon Harmer then dismissed opener Tamim Iqbal‚ caught by Wiaan Mulder for 13 off 22 balls shortly before stumps.

Earlier‚ left arm spinner Taijul Islam led the Bangladesh fightback by taking three wickets as SA declared in the final session.

The Proteas went to tea on 84/2 with a lead of 320 after a 60-run opening stand between Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee.

Captain Elgar (26 off 29) was bowled trying a reverse sweep before Keegan Petersen (14 off 25) was trapped leg before wicket‚ the review being upheld by umpire Allahudien Palekar‚ both wickets going to Islam.

Erwee (41 off 66) chipped Khaled Ahmed straight to Haque‚ leaving the home side on 90/3.

Ryan Rickelton was next to go for 12‚ caught by Haque off Islam at short mid-on before Temba Bavuma (30 off 56) was trapped leg before wicket by Mehidy Hasan Miraz‚ his review turned down by Palekar‚ with SA on 154/5.

When Wiaan Mulder (6 off 15) fell‚ bowled by Miraz‚ SA declared.

Islam ended with 9/202 in the match‚ while Miraz finished with 3/119.

When play resumed on Sunday morning‚ Bangladesh mounted a fightback as Yasir Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim produced a 70-run partnership after a light drizzle saw the start delayed by 20 minutes‚ before both lost their wickets in the first session.

Ali and Rahim got 111 together for their sixth-wicket partnership as they continued to frustrate the Proteas attack.

Spinners Harmer and Maharaj cleaned up the visitors’ tail‚ taking the final three wickets for seven runs in 17 minutes after lunch.

Harmer had Islam (5) and Ebadot Hossain (0) caught by Lizaad Williams either side of Maharaj’s dismissal of Miraz for 11.

Harmer and Mulder ended with figures of 3/39 and 3/25 respectively‚ while Olivier and Maharaj claimed two wickets apiece.

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