Hosts seize advantage
A record South African sixth wicket partnership between Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher powered the home side to take away Bangladesh's advantage on the second day of the second and final Test at the SuperSport Park here on Thursday.
Bangladesh tightened their grip when South Africa lost five wickets for 134 runs but wicketkeeper-batsman Boucher (102) joined Prince (115) to ease the pressure and confirmed a 107run first innings lead before stumps were drawn for the day.
The pair added 223 runs for the sixth wicket as South Africa finished the day at 357 for 5 in reply to Bangladesh's first innings total of 250 runs. They beat the previous record of 200 runs set by Graeme Pollock and Tigers Lance against Australia in Durban in 1969-70.
Prince had some nervous moments before the left-hander hit his tenth Test hundred when he pulled Mashrafe Mortaza for a boundary.
Boucher reached his fifth Test hundred in the final over of the day when he cut Shahadat Hossain to point for four.
Earlier Bangladesh were well placed in the first two sessions after the home side resumed the day on 20 for one.
Right-arm paceman Mahbubul Alam gave the first breakthrough by removing dangerman Graeme Smith (27). The Proteas skipper played across the line only to be trapped leg-before by an excellent delivery as South Africa went to lunch with 97 for two on the board.
Bangladesh dominated the third session thanks to Shakib Al Hasan who picked up three wickets to put pressure on the home team before the sixth wicket pair got rid of the visitors.
Jacques Kallis (24) was the first victim of Shakib who uprooted the big man's off-stump to put an end to the 65-run stand Kallis set with Hashim Amla.
The home side got a real jolt when Shakib claimed two more wickets in one over. Amla (71 off 140 balls) gave a simple chance to short cover where Imrul Kayes made no mistake.
AB de Villiers was dismissed after just one delivery as the right-hander went down the track on his second ball only to become the first stumping of Mushfiqur Rahim in Tests.