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Quite an up and down day for me: Dean Elgar

October 18 2017, 10:52 | Van Peters

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"Normally in South Africa there is grass and bounce on the pitch, so were surprised that it was more like a Bangladesh wicket", he said. "I put personal pride aside and try and take the batting unit by the throat and get us over the line", Elgar said after his career-best innings, which was his ninth Test century and his fourth this year.

South Africa made complete use of a flat deck in Potchefstroom as they went on post 298 for one at stumps on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom. They both have reached the milestones in the same over (102nd). However, the Bangladesh captain did enjoy his fair share of fortune as he was dropped at slip twice off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj when he was on six and 15.

However, Elgar's innings has helped South Africa take commanding position in the match but the southpaw will be thinking what could have been had he not played that rash shot.

Markram says the squad has taken a lot of encouragement from Elgar's gutsy nature and inspiring contributions throughout the season, which have become synonymous with the fighting left-hander. I was standing too close.

It seemed to be a clever declaration on the part of Faf du Plessis as Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who came into the game having just recovered from a thigh muscle injury, was off the field for 49 minutes before the tea interval.

Opener Elgar batted through the opening day as South Africa piled on the runs against Bangladesh at Senwes Park on Thursday.

Trailing by 496 runs, Bangladesh got off to a disgusting start as opener Imrul Kayes was caught by debutant Aiden Markram at second slip off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for seven runs.

Rabada, Morkel and Maharaj claimed one wicket each.

Mominul finished on 28 off 64 balls, which included four boundaries, while Tamim remained undefeated on 22 off 34 deliveries, which included three boundaries and the six he hit off the very last ball of the day.

Elgar made his highest Test score before falling one short of a double century when a short ball from Shafiul Islam "stuck in the pitch" and he spooned a catch to short midwicket.

"I would have loved to have seen Aiden get his first Test hundred in his first innings - it would have been brilliant with the way things started for us as opening partners", said Elgar.

"I was bitterly disappointed". I still get another opportunity to get a Test double hundred, so that's fine with me.

They frustrated the Bangladesh bowlers throughout their stand. But it´s slow and your loose balls get punished. "If we can squeeze them then I'd like to think we have enough in the tank to roll them early tomorrow and potentially have another crack with the bat".



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