Bangladesh start tour strong but pace troubles


Michael Cohen starred with the ball but it was Bangladesh that enjoyed the better of day one of their three-day tour match against a South Africa Invitation XI in Benoni on Thursday.

The teenaged seamer claimed four for 23 in 11 overs as the visitors declared on 306 for seven after winning the toss and batting in what is their only warm-up game ahead of the two-match Test series starting next week.

Mominul Haque top scored with 68 (73 balls, 9 fours), while there were also half-centuries for captain Mushfiqur Rahim (63 off 85 balls, 8 fours) and Sabbir Rahman, who hit an unbeaten 58 (89 balls, 9 fours).

Star batsman Tamim Iqbal made just five, before retiring hurt.

The South Africans, under the captaincy of Heinrich Klaasen, then lost opener Isaac Dikgale for 12 after he was run out with what turned out to be the final ball of the day.

They closed on 21 for one, Yaseen Vallie at the other end unbeaten on nine.