Bangladesh A v SA A, 2nd unofficial Test, Mirpur, 3rd day May 1, 2010

Harris helps South Africa A tighten grip

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh A 215 (Shamsur 89, Harris 6-90) and 125 for 4 (Shamsur 57) need a further 286 runs to beat South Africa A 482 and 143 for 3 dec (Rossouw 68)

Paul Harris continued to torment Bangladesh A as he took six wickets to give South Africa A a massive first-innings lead of 267. The visitors batted nearly 34 overs to set Bangladesh a target of 411 but the hosts didn't get off to the best of starts, losing four wickets in the third evening.

The overnight pair of Shamsur Rehman and Faisal Hossain added 54 for the fourth wicket before Harris had Faisal caught. The last five Bangladesh wickets added only 40 runs as they were wrapped up for 215. Shamsur kept running out of partners and was eventually out for 89, caught and bowled by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who took two wickets. Harris wrapped up the tail to finish with 6 for 90.

South Africa strengthened their position with a 60-run stand for the second wicket between Riley Rossouw and Alviro Peterson. Rossouw made a quick 68 off 91 balls and his dismissal marked the declaration.

Bangladesh's second innings performance mirrored the way they started the first. A strong second-wicket stand between Shamsur and Mehrab Hossain jnr was followed by another spurt of wickets. Harris took two of those wickets, while Vernon Philander claimed Shamsur for 57. Bangladesh have six wickets in hand and face a tough ask on the final day.