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Taijul six-for cannot halt Proteas’ march

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam has taken 6-135 but the touring side are still well behind in the second Test against South Africa after they limped to 5-139 at the close of the second day.

Bangladesh are still 314 runs behind after their hosts extended their first innings to 453 all out at St George’s Park on Saturday.

The visitors’ first aim must be to avoid the follow-on when Mushfiqur Rahim (30 not out) and Yasir Ali (8 not out) resume on the third morning.

Seamer Wiaan Mulder (3-15) has so far been the pick of the home bowlers, removing Tamim Iqbal lbw for a brisk 47.

He did likewise to Najmul Hossain Shanto (33) as Bangladesh suffered a double blow following a solid start to their innings.

Mulder bagged his third lbw of the innings when he snared captain Mominul Haque (6), bowling a superb tight line with just a hint of swing into the pads.

Bangladesh also lost first Test centurion Mahmudul Hasan Joy for a duck as he edged seamer Duanne Olivier (2-17) to Sarel Erwee at first slip, and Olivier bowled the dangerous Litton Das (11) with a superb delivery that knocked over middle stump.

South Africa, who lead 1-0 in the series following a 220-run victory in Durban, had resumed their first innings on 5-278, having won the toss.

Spinning allrounder Keshav Maharaj compiled an excellent 84 from 95 balls before he was bowled following an ugly swipe across the line off the bowling of Taijul.

Elgar (70), Temba Bavuma (67) and Keegan Petersen (64) also passed 50 but failed to bring up three figures.

It was, however, the first time in Test history that nine batsmen reached 20 in a completed innings.

Taijul brought up 150 Test wickets as he bowled with superb control on his return to the side, having replaced injured seamer Taskin Ahmed.

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