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Amla, du Plessis tons as South Africa pass 500

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Lunch South Africa 530 for 3 (Amla 123*, du Plessis 120* Roy 2-107) v Bangladesh
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Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis eased to centuries, stretching South Africa’s score to 530 for 3, after rain had delayed the start of play on the second day by 90 minutes. In all, they ran up 102 runs in 23 overs in 90 minutes.

It was a truncated session, but there was enough time for Bangladesh to concede two unwanted records. With Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram having already completed their centuries on the first day, this was the fourth occasion when Bangladesh conceded four hundreds in the same innings. They had done so previously against Pakistan (2001), India (2007) and Sri Lanka (2007).

Amla was the first to reach three figures on the second day when he scooped a drive off Mustafizur Rahman to the point boundary. This was his 28th Test hundred; he is now second only to Jacques Kallis in the all-time centurions’ list for South Africa. It was also his third century in 2017.

Amla and du Plessis brought up the 200-run stand in the 105th over, making it the second time that Bangladesh had conceded two double-hundred stands in the same innings. Soon after, du Plessis reached his seventh Test hundred and first against Bangladesh. South Africa had only one moment of alarm when a drilled drive from du Plessis hit the sawdust and tricked the batsman into thinking the ball had reached the boundary. The ball, however, had plugged in the deep, and Mustafizur wasn’t sharp enough to create a run-out chance.

Bangladesh’s bowlers simply went through the motions: all four of their frontline bowlers conceded over 100.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84


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