Hashim Amla v bangladesh
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South Africa lost both openers but were still 230 runs ahead of Bangladesh at the close on the third day of the first test when bad light stopped play on Saturday.

The home side will resume the fourth day on 54 for two after dismissing Bangladesh for 320 shortly after tea.

Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram, who scored 296 runs between them in the first innings, were out early in the second but the home side were still firmly in command with Hashim Amla (17) and Temba Bamuva on three at the crease at stumps.

Bangladesh started the day on 127-3 with Mominul Haque going on to score 77 and Mahmudullah making 66 before playing on to a rising delivery from Morne Morkel and seeing his stumps tumble over. The pair helped Bangladesh to avoid the follow-up but soon after reaching the target the visitors collapsed with their last five wickets going down for a paltry 28 runs.

Keshav Maharaj returned the best bowling figures of 3-92 with two wickets each for South African seamers Kagiso Rabada and Morkel on a flat track that has been batsman-friendly in a high-scoring game.

South Africa scored 496 for three declared in their first innings.

Scoreboard at stumps on the third day in the first Test between South Africa and Bangladesh on Saturday in Potchefstroom, South Africa
South Africa 1st innings 496 for 3 decl (D. Elgar 199, H. Amla 137, A. Markram 97)
Bangladesh 1st innings (Overnight: 127-3)
Liton Das c Amla b M. Morkel 25
Imrul Kayes c Markram b Rabada 7
Mominul Haque c Markram b Maharaj 77
Mushfiqur Rahim c Markram b Maharaj 44
Tamim Iqbal c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 39
Mahmudullah b M. Morkel 66
Sabbir Rahman b Olivier 30
Mehidy Hasan c Elgar b Rabada 8
Taskin Ahmed run out (Bavuma, Markram) 1
Shafiul Islam c Amla b Maharaj 2
Mustafizur Rahman not out 10
Extras (b-1 lb-9 nb-1) 11
Total (all out, 89.1 overs) 320
Fall of wickets: 1-16 I. Kayes,2-36 L. Das,3-103 M. Rahim,4-158 T. Iqbal,5-227 M. Haque,6-292 Sa. Rahman,7-304 Mahmudullah,8-305 T. Ahmed,9-308 M. Hasan,10-320 Sh. Islam
Bowling
M. Morkel 19 – 7 – 51 – 2
K. Rabada 24 – 5 – 84 – 2(nb-1)
K. Maharaj 27.1 – 8 – 92 – 3
D. Olivier 11 – 1 – 52 – 1
A. Phehlukwayo 6 – 2 – 18 – 1
A. Markram 2 – 0 – 13 – 0
South Africa 2nd innings
A. Markram c Das b M. Rahman 15
D. Elgar lbw b Sh. Islam 18
H. Amla not out 17
T. Bavuma not out 3
Extras (nb-1) 1
Total (for 2 wickets, 15.5 overs) 54
Fall of wickets: 1-30 D. Elgar,2-38 A. Markram
To bat: F. du Plessis, Q. de Kock, A. Phehlukwayo, K. Maharaj, K. Rabada, M. Morkel, D. Olivier
Bowling
Mehidy Hasan 4 – 1 – 15 – 0
Shafiul Islam 5 – 1 – 18 – 1
Mustafizur Rahman 4 – 1 – 7 – 1
Taskin Ahmed 2.5 – 0 – 14 – 0(nb-1)
Referees
Umpire: Chris Gaffaney
Umpire: Bruce Oxenford
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle

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