South Africa vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 2 Report: Simon Harmer Marks South Africa Return After 6 Years With 4-Wicket Test Haul | Cricket News

Off-spinner Simon Harmer ended an absence of more than six years by taking four wickets and putting South Africa in charge on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Kingsmead on Friday. Bangladesh was 98 for four at the end in response to South Africa’s 367 all out. Harmer took four for 42 on 20 overs. Harmer, 32, had not played in a test match since November 2015. He signed a Kolpak contract with the English county of Essex in 2017, which meant that he was not qualified to play for South Africa before the system ended in 2020.

Now classified as a foreign player for the county and once again available for his country, Harmer took 491 first-class wickets during his time away from international cricket.

Harmer made his first breakthrough in the final over before tea when he bowled Shadman Islam for nine with the third ball in his second over.

He completed a 55-run position between Mahmudul Hasan and Najmul Hossain by bowling Najmul for 38 with a fantastic delivery that drove in and spun past the bat.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque fell without scoring in Harmer’s next over, was caught by a diving Keegan Petersen at a stupid point.

The experienced Mushfiqur Rahim was Harmer’s fourth wicket, he gave a ball along the leg to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne.

Mahmudal, who played in his third Test, survived to the end and did not score 44 points.

Temba Bavuma scored the best points for South Africa with 93, while fastball Khaled Ahmed took four for 92 for Bangladesh.

Khaled had only taken one wicket – Pakistani captain Babar Azam – in his previous three Test matches.

Bavuma’s long wait for a second test century continued. He made 102 not out against England in Cape Town in January 2016 in his seventh Test match.

He is currently making his 50th appearance and has made 18 half-centuries without adding another three-digit point.

Bavuma broke through a tricky period for South Africa on Friday when Bangladesh balled well with the second new ball on a pitch that seemed to have gained momentum since day one.

Khaled made a double strike and dismissed Verreynne and Wiaan Mulder from successive deliveries.

South Africa were 245 for six, after adding just 12 runs to their total overnight, but Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj added 53 runs for the seventh wicket as Bavuma moved closer to their hundred.

But Bavuma tried to cut against off-spinner Mehidy Hasan. The ball spun back sharply and deflected from Bavuma’s pillow into the stumps. He had met 190 balls and hit 12 fours.

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Maharaj was thrown by Ebadot Hossain from the next ball but Harmer did not hit 38 as the last two wickets gave 67 runs.

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