Bangladesh had won the draw and opted for it key in the first test against the proteas at Kingsmead in Durban on Thursday.
However, the start of the match was delayed by more than half an hour after the viewing screen went out, leaving spectators greatly frustrated before proceedings could finally begin at 10:34am.
When they did, Dean Elgar (67) and Sarel Erwee (41) combined for an impressive opening tally of 113 runs.
However, Bangladesh put up a good fight and conceded the wickets of both opening games while also executing a superb run-out from Keegan Petersen when he was in 19th.
On debut, Ryan Rickelton looked good at 21 before giving Mominul Haque a catch, but Temba Bavuma (53*) and Kyle Verreynne (27*) then formed an important partnership to lead the Proteas 233-4 at the end of the game.
It’s an encouraging start for the Proteas in Kingsmead, a venue South Africa has only two won and seven lost in the last 10 tests.
Weather and poor light often seem to plague the Proteas at this venue, and rain is forecast for Friday afternoon and most of Saturday and Sunday, suggesting the Test is likely to end in a draw.
Nevertheless, Rickelton and Lisaad Williams will be Test cap numbers 117 and 118 respectively when they make their Test debuts for the Proteas.
The game also sees the return of Simon Harmer to international cricket while Sarel Erwee and Keegan Petersen play their first game at their home stadium.
You can look at the scoreboard here
Dean Elgar only needs 28 runs to become the third South African to score 500 Test runs against Bangladesh. The left-hander has two centuries against them in his last three innings, despite failing to cross the 40 in his last six innings at that venue. His main fight could be against Bangladesh Ebadot Hossain, the star of their series win in New Zealand with a Player of the Match performance at Mount Maunganui (1/75 & 6/46). His series average in New Zealand was also 29.33, which is Bradmanesque, compared to his pre-series career average of 81.54!
– The first-innings average score at this venue over the past eight Tests is 297, with just one score above 350.
– South Africa have lost their last nine home games before bowling first in the last eight.
PROTEAS AND BANGLADESH TEAMS:
Dean Elgar (Captain), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Temba Bavuma, Ryan Rickelton, Kyle Verreynne (wkt), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Simon Harmer, Lizaad Williams, Duanne Olivier
Mominul Haque (Captain), Shadman Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali, Litton Das (wkt), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
Referees: Marais Erasmus, Adrian Holdstock (both RSA)
TV referee: Allahudien Paleker (RSA)
Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
Proteas take control on day one against Bangladesh
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