1st Test, Dhaka, Feb 22 - 25 2008, South Africa tour of Bangladesh
192 & 182
(67.5 ov, target 205)170 & 205/5
South Africa won by 5 wickets
player of the match
Jacques Kallis
South Africa
• The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

South Africa complete hard-fought win

South Africa took 10.5 overs to knock off the 27 runs needed to clinch a hard-fought five-wicket in the first Test in Mirpur

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Scorecard summary
Bangladesh192/10(54.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Morne Morkel5/50(13)
Dale Steyn3/27(11.4)
South Africa170/10(60.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Bangladesh182/10(73 overs)2nd INNINGS
South Africa205/5(67.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

Handshakes all round as the two teams appreciate each other's efforts. The batting again let Bangladesh down. Some adrenalin rush as ever and the starts were wasted. It has been an good tight contest, though and was good to watch. Shahadat had a great match, picking up nine wickets in the game but he would be disappointed by the effort of his batsmen. SA would be relieved they have sewed this one up and happy that their batsmen adapted to the conditions better in the second innings.

Ashraful: "The boys played well. I think we needed 50 or 60 runs more. We should have scored 250+ in the first innings. Shahadat bowled really well on this kind of track."

Smith: It was a hard-fought game and I am very happy. Our batting let us down in the first innings but when the pressure was on and it really counted the boys played well in the second innings. It has taken some time to get used to the conditions here and they showed in the second innings that they have done that. It augurs well for the second Test and the Indian series coming up.' Smith goes on to praise Boucher and the young fast bowlers.

Man of the Match: Jacques Kallis for his 5 for 30. "It's nice to contribute with the ball. I put them in the right areas and got some reverse swing. The guys have been to subcontinent before and it's a learning curve for the young fast bowlers."

That's it from us. Bye!

Mohammad Rafique to Boucher, 1 run

Game over. SA win the first Test. Short and outside off, cut past point. This is the highest run-chase by South Africa in the subcontinent.

Mohammad Rafique to Boucher, no run

fuller and is driven hard but Rafique dives to his right to make a stop

Mohammad Rafique to Boucher, no run

a touch short and is pushed to covers

Mohammad Rafique to Boucher, no run
Mohammad Rafique to Boucher, no run

loud shout for lbw and that looked close. Another armer and Boucher was beaten on the forward prod. It would have hit the stumps but Bucknor doesn't think so. Ashraful had already started to celebrate but ....

One run to win.

end of over 679 runs
SA: 204/5CRR: 3.04 
AB de Villiers19 (80)
Mark Boucher1 (9)
Shahadat Hossain19-0-70-3
Mohammad Rafique27-6-53-2
Shahadat to de Villiers, FOUR runs

the scores are level. Shahadat grunts at the release, goes for a yorker but sends down a low full toss which is drilled past mid-on

Shahadat to de Villiers, no run

stifled appeal for lbw as Shahadat realises there was an inside edge. Another reverse swinging delivery from just outside off and de Villiers stabs it away

Shahadat to de Villiers, no run

comes in towards the middle and off line and is pushed on the up to mid-on. de Villiers then practises that same shot, perhaps he wants to hit it straighter

Shahadat to de Villiers, no run

length delivery outside off stump, comes in a touch but de Villiers gets into a great position - back and across- and punches it to covers.

Shahadat to de Villiers, FOUR runs

low full toss and de Villiers whips it through the midwicket gap and that brings the 200 up. 5 more needed.

Shahadat to Boucher, 1 run

on the pads and is tucked to long leg for a single

end of over 66Maiden
SA: 195/5CRR: 2.95 
AB de Villiers11 (75)
Mark Boucher0 (8)
Mohammad Rafique27-6-53-2
Shahadat Hossain18-0-61-3
Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run

Nahim has a response to that Daily Star article: "I find the "Ashraful is deluded" article quite baffling. Bangladesh just turned in its best Test display in well over two years. Yet instead of counting our blessings here we are criticising some random comments made at a press conference. Perhaps a positive attitude is what's missing from Bangladesh cricket today, from the players and media alike."

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run

comes down the track and pushed back down the track

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run

leans forward to defend

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run

slows up the pace, a bit more air and fuller, de Villiers has a poke and gets a inside edge on to his pads.

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run

flatter, quicker and steered towards point

Mohammad Rafique to de Villiers, no run

skips down the track ,reaches the pitch and drives inside out but straight to covers.

end of over 651 run
SA: 195/5CRR: 3.00 
Mark Boucher0 (8)
AB de Villiers11 (69)
Shahadat Hossain18-0-61-3
Mohammad Rafique26-5-53-2
Shahadat to Boucher, no run

slipping down the leg side, off the pads and Rahim moves to his left to make the stop and Shahadat applauds that effort. The fifth delivery was the best of the over; the line and the length was perfect

Shahadat to Boucher, no run

fuller, nice probing delivery just outside off and shaping in, Boucher does well to get his front foot moving and defends with the full face of the bat.

Shahadat to Boucher, no run

another length delivery on the stumps, worked to the on side.

Best performances - batters
Junaid Siddique player portrait
Junaid Siddique BDESH
74 runs (184)
6 fours
0 six
Productive shot
forward defence
20 runs
2 fours
0 six
Graeme Smith
GC Smith SA
62 runs (104)
6 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
24 runs
4 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Shahadat Hossain player portrait
Shahadat Hossain BDESH
Jacques Kallis
JH Kallis SA
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Bangladesh
Player Of The Match
Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis
Series resultSouth Africa led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1864
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days22,23,24,25 February 2008 - day(5-day match)
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
TV Umpire
Bangladesh Image
AFM Akhtaruddin
Reserve Umpire
Bangladesh Image
Mahabubur Rahman
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle