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Rabada, Maharaj fire SA to thumping win

South Africa 496 for 3 dec (Elgar 199, Amla 137) and 247 for 6 dec (du Plessis 81, Bavuma 71) beat Bangladesh 320 (Mominul 77, Mahmudullah 66, Maharaj 3-92) and 90 (Kayes 32, Maharaj 4-25, Rabada 3-33) by 333 runs

Moonda: Bangladesh will be disappointed with inability to compete

Firdose Moonda looks back on the fifth day's play in Potchefstroom, where Bangladesh collapsed in a heap to be bowled out for 90

Bangladesh lost seven wickets for 41 runs on the final morning in Potchefstroom, crashing to 90 all out in a whopping 333-run defeat to South Africa. The visitors lasted only 83 minutes in the morning session as Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj ran through the side.

Rabada, who took over the lead fast bowler's role in the absence of Morne Morkel, struck three times in his first four overs of the day, while left-arm spinner Maharaj added three wickets to his tally to take his innings figures to 4 for 25 and complete a match haul of seven wickets.

This was the first time in ten years that Bangladesh were bowled out for a double-figure total in Tests, and the first time they were dismissed by South Africa for less than 100 runs in a Test.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the first to go, falling to Rabada for 16 off a delivery that bounced sharply, and Hashim Amla held on to a good catch over his head at slip. Rabada then got Mahmudullah to drag one on to his stumps, similar to his dismissal in the first innings off Morkel. Within 30 minutes, Bangladesh had lost their last two senior batsmen.

Liton Das, who had earned credit with his smart wicket-keeping on the fourth afternoon, left a Rabada inducker that slammed into his front pad, making it an easy lbw decision for the umpire. Five balls later, Maharaj trapped Sabbir Rahman leg-before as he attempted a sweep early in his innings.

The Bangladesh tail folded quickly after that. Maharaj removed Taskin Ahmed while Rabada's throw found Shafiul Islam short at the striker's end after the batsman had opted for an unnecessary third run. The match ended when Mustafizur lobbed a simple catch back to Maharaj.

Bangladesh began this Test by opting to bowl first on a decidedly flat pitch, a decision that surprised even South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. Faced with South Africa's first-innings total of 496, they avoided a follow-on but in their second innings, the panic seemed to set in during the fourth evening, when Bangladesh lost their top three quickly after being set a target of 424. The second innings will be a big disappointment for the visitors and could be an ominous sign for the remainder of the series. The second match starts from October 6 in Bloemfontein.

Big defeat


No. of times Bangladesh have lost by bigger margin of runs than the 333 runs in this match. Their biggest defeat of 465 runs came v SL in Chittagong in 2009.

Tough task


Highest target successfully chased by Bangladesh in Tests, against West Indies in St George's in 2009. They are set 424 to win in this match.



Previous highest total by Bangladesh in Tests in South Africa, which came in East London in 2002. Their average total in 8 innings in SA was only 180.

One to improve


Tamim's average v SA in Tests, before this match - his worst against any opposition. In 10 innings he had hit only 166 runs with a solitary fifty.

The 199 club


No. of batsmen to get out on 199 in Tests. Dean Elgar is the 10th to join the club and first for South Africa.

Amla equals Smith


No. of centuries for Amla in Tests, as many as Graeme Smith. For South Africa only Kallis has more hundreds (45).

Elgar's best


Dean Elgar's previous highest score in Tests. He has scored his maiden 150+ score.

Missed narrowly


No. of players to get run out in 90s on their Test debut, including Aiden Markram in this match. Abdul Kadir (in 1964) and Gordon Greenidge (in 1974) were the first two.