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Rafique in record spell
May 02, 2003 19:47 IST
Bangladesh left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique took a rare step into the limelight with six wickets as South Africa were dismissed for 330 on the second day of the second Test on Friday.
The 32-year-old Rafique, playing in only his third Test in three years, dismissed tail-enders Alan Dawson and Paul Adams to finish with six for 77, the best Test figures ever recorded by a Bangladesh bowler, after South Africa had resumed on 264 for six.
The home side reached four without loss in reply before heavy rain, which delayed the start for more than two hours, washed out the rest of the day after an early tea. Just over 26 overs were bowled on Friday.
Rafique, whose previous three Test wickets have cost 68.33 runs apiece, had Dawson caught behind for 10 off a sharply turning delivery and wrapped up the innings when he bowled Adams with a ball which beat the bat and hit the top of off-stump.
Rafique's victims on Thursday had included three of the top five batsmen, including Herschelle Gibbs. Only two other Bangladesh bowlers have ever taken six wickets in a Test innings.
South Africa number eight Robin Peterson, however, ensured a respectable total as he scored 61 on his debut, batting for two-and-three-quarter hours as the lower order dug in on a pitch freshened up by the rain and already offering turn and inconsistent bounce.
Peterson finally cut a googly from Mohammad Ashraful hard and low into the covers where Akram Khan held the sharp chance.
South Africa's last six batsmen scored 192, Shaun Pollock making 41, compared to the 115 contributed by the top five.
The touring side had been reduced to 63 for four on the opening day before Jacques Rudolph and Mark Boucher, both with 71, engineered a fightback. After making an unbeaten double century on his debut in the first test, the 21-year-old Rudolph now averages 293.
South Africa won the first match of the two-Test series by an innings and 60 runs. Bangladesh have yet to win a Test, losing 17 out of their 18 matches.
South Africa (1st innings): (overnight 264-6)
G.Smith c Mohammad Ashraful b Tapash Baisya 15
H.Gibbs c Tapash Baisya b Mohammad Rafique 21
J.Rudolph st Mohammad Salim b Mohammad Ashraful 71
H.Dippenaar c Mehrab Hossain b Mohammad Rafique 1
N.McKenzie lbw Mohammad Rafique 7
M.Boucher b Mohammad Rafique 71
S.Pollock lbw Mashrafe Mortaza 41
R.Peterson c Akram Khan b Mohammad Ashraful 61
A.Dawson c Mohammad Salim b Mohammad Rafique 10
P.Adams b Mohammad Rafique 9
M.Ntini not out 0
Extras (penalty-5, b-6, lb-6, nb-5, w-1) 23.
Total (all out, 113.2 overs) 330
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-49, 3-51, 4-63, 5-170, 6-219, 7-264, 8-294, 9-330
Bowling: Tapash Baisya 19-5-67-1 (w-1, nb-1), Mashrafe Mortaza 20-3-53-1 (nb-4), Khaled Mahmud 14-6-36-0, Mohammad Rafique 37.2-7-77-6, Alok Kapali 11-2-33-0, Mohammad Ashraful 10-0-42-2, Mehrab Hossain 2-0-5-0.
Bangladesh (1st innings):
Javed Omar not out 3
Mehrab Hossain not out 0
Extras (nb-1) 1
Total (for no wicket, 3 overs) 4
To bat: Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mahmud, Mohammad Salim, Tapash Baisya, Akram Khan, Mashrafe Mortaza.
Bowling: Pollock 2-0-4-0 (nb-1), Ntini 1-1-0-0