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It was the day for the senior Proteas players to make their mark as South Africa continued its domination of the second Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh at the Mangaung Oval on Saturday.

By the close of day two the Proteas had taken a huge lead of 426 runs on the first innings to put Faf du Plessis in a position to enforce the follow on before the close of play.

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Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has called for ‘another dominant performance’  in the second Sunfoil Test match against Bangladesh starting at the Mangaung Oval on Friday. Du Plessis described the 333-run win in the first Test as ‘spotless’, and has urged his players for the same consistency to finish off the series on a high.

“We want another dominant performance,” Du Plessis said at his pre-match press conference in Bloemfontein on Thursday. “ If we are honest with ourselves, in conditions like this it is important that we do that against Bangladesh. Yes, on their day they can be dangerous but we need to keep pressure on them and restrict opportunities in the game where they can get on top of us. 

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Dane Paterson is the only new cap in the Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad for the Momentum ODI Series against Bangladesh to be played later this month. Morne Morkel could not be considered because of injury.

“Dane did very well in the T20 International Series against England earlier this year, particularly when it came to death bowling,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Selection Panel Convener Linda Zondi. “We now want to see if he can do a similar job in the 50 overs format.

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Kagiso Rabada took on the responsibility of leading the attack in the absence of Morne Morkel in spectacular style as the Standard Bank Proteas thrashed Bangladesh by 333 runs with time and overs to spare on the final day of the first Test match at Senwes Park on Monday.

Rabada needed just 19 balls to blow away what was left of the Bangladesh top order with three wickets, including that of captain Mushfiqur Rahim to the third ball he send down.

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South Africa overcame the duel handicaps of losing their bowling spearhead, Morne Morkel, with a side strain and a substantial amount of time to bad weather to push strongly for victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Sunfoil Test match at Senwes Park on Sunday.

Being well aware of the inclement weather in the vicinity Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma led a determined to drive to lift the scoring rate in the South African second innings after the early loss of Hashim Amla’s wicket. 

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The Proteas will ‘assess’  the state of the conditions before making a call on a possible target to set Bangladesh in the first Sunfoil Test match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Bad light brought an early end to the third day, with the Proteas holding a 230-run lead with eight second innings wickets in hand.

The loss of time, the uncertainty around the conditions and Bangladesh’s fighting first innings score of 320 – which is their highest score in South Africa – are all factors Faf du Plessis and the management will be considering as they plot the way to victory.  

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Bangladesh put up a defiant performance on day three of the first Sunfoil Test match at Senwes Park on Saturday to keep the Standard Bank Proteas first innings lead in check and then prevent them from increasing it too rapidly.

When bad light brought play to a slightly early finish the Proteas still held a strong position, having turned their first innings lead of 176 into an overall advantage of 230 runs with 8 wickets still in hand. 

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