Twitter Reactions: Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma’s half-centuries put South Africa on command in Durban Test
South African openers Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee were solid and put on a partnership of 113 runs.
Updated - Mar 31, 2022 10:19 pm
The South African side ended the first day of the ongoing first Test against Bangladesh with their scorecard reading 233/4 after 76.5 overs. Bad light meant that stumps were drawn early. The Proteas produced a good performance with the willow in hand against the opposition.
The South African openers, Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee, were solid and put on a partnership of 113 runs to send Bangladesh on the back foot at the Kingsmead in Durban. Elgar was the aggressor in the partnership as he scored a fluent 67 off 101 deliveries.
Elgar was the first batter to depart, as he edged Khaled Ahmed to Liton Das who took a good low catch behind the stumps. Elgar’s opening partner Erwee followed his skipper in the very next over to the pavilion after he dragged a delivery from Mehidy Hasan back onto the stumps.
Temba Bavuma scores a fluent half-century to steady the Protean ship
Keegan Petersen and Temba Bavuma then put on a sedate partnership of 29 runs, but just when it seemed as if the duo would inflict more misery on the Bangladesh side, a superb piece of work from Mehidy Hasan ended Petersen’s stay in the middle.
Bavuma hit the ball to point and set off for a run. Hasan picked it up and released the ball quickly, as the red cherry hit the bull’s eye, and Petersen had to walk back to the pavilion. The final wicket to fall in the day was that of Ryan Rickelton, who top-edged a short delivery from Ebadot Hossain straight to the fielder at mid-on.
However, senior batter Temba Bavuma looked comfortable out in the middle. The veteran right-hander struck a patient 53 and put on an undefeated stand of 53 runs with Kyle Verreynne as the Proteas prevented further damage in the day. Verreynne, on his part contributed 27 runs. Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan picked up one wicket each.
Here are the reactions from Twitter after the first day’s play between South Africa and Bangladesh:
I'd love to hear Neil McKenzie and Ashwell Prince wherever Bangladesh plays from now on. Both are informative, candid and consistent about the team. #SAvBAN
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 31, 2022
That is insane fielding from Mehidy 🤯 #SAvBAN
— Just Donald (@Tru_StorySA) March 31, 2022
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 31, 2022
— L🦙A (@dhb1989) March 31, 2022
— Shehab Khan (@ShehabSK1) March 31, 2022
Just 77 overs on day 1 in #SAvBAN 1st Test and it feels like game hasn't moved much. Even if 10 more overs bowled then both teams would have been in better place to evaluate their situation #CricketTwitter
— Arbaz Ranjha (@ArbazAhsan7) March 31, 2022
I feel sorry for the crowd that came to watch today, first the sight screen delays play by 35 minutes and now this silly call of bad light stopping okay 😑 #SAvBAN
— Gills (@gpricey23) March 31, 2022
— L🦙A (@dhb1989) March 31, 2022
— Craig Ray (@craigray11) March 31, 2022
Light can't improve from here , its stumps , batting team will be more happy #SAvBAN
— 👽 (@_cummo) March 31, 2022
I'm embarrassed for Kingsmead. We started 25 minutes late for a broken sight screen. Then we stop play for bad light at 17:19 while the SUN IS STILL UP. This light reading will be used tomorrow too 🤦🏽🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♂️
— Paul Watson (@paulmwatson) March 31, 2022
So players are going off for "bad light" in good enough light with floodlights on
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) March 31, 2022
— PJ Moses (@Pj_MOSES) March 31, 2022
Wtf ?? Light is definitely good enough #SAvBAN
— Amanpreet Singh (@PreetAman__) March 31, 2022
Pommie is losing his shite 🤣 and rightly, we're all so confused. What badlight??? #SAvBAN
— EEMS #CWC22 (@NaeemahBenjamin) March 31, 2022
Thanks bro, appreciate the compliment from such an experienced media man as yourself. 👊🏽 https://t.co/vvRlg37IAw
— Ashwell Prince (@ashyp_5) March 31, 2022