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November 15, 2008
Bangladeshis 92 for 2 (Kayes 30* Ashraful 24*, Shezi 2-15) trail South African Airways Challenge XI 265 (van Wyk 87, Seymore 75, Shahadat 3-33, Mehrab 3-43) by 173 runs
The South African Airways Challenge XI could not build on the superb start given by their openers. The opening pair put on 170, but Shahadat Hossain derailed the innings with three top-order wickets and the middle-order batsmen failed to regain the momentum, struggling against the left-arm spin of Mehrab Hossain jnr.
Openers Divan van Wyk and Andre Seymore negotiated the Bangladeshi bowling with ease at the start - the two added 50 in 71 balls. van Wyk was the more confident one and contributed 38 to the fifty partnership. They ticked along at the same run-rate to the 150-run mark but Shahadat struck soon after. Seymore was the first one to go, caught for 75 in the 41st over, and only two more were added before Shahadat bowled new batsman Jonathan Beukes for 1.
When van Wyk edged him to the keeper for 87, the hosts had lost three wickets for ten runs. Khayelihle Zondo and Warren Swan added 34 before Mehrab bowled Swan for 13. He took two more wickets, including Zondo's for 25. The hosts were dismissed for 265; ten wickets fell for 95 runs.
Imrul Kayes, who could make his Test debut on this tour, opened the batting with Tamim Iqbal. The two added 51 before Tamim was bowled for 34 by medium-pacer Mthokozisi Shezi. Junaid Siddique's stay at the crease was limited to one ball as Shezi took two in two deliveries. At stumps Bangladeshis were 173 behind with Kayes batting alongside Mohammad Ashraful.
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