Dhaka: South Africa slumped to a first innings deficit, conceding a lead to Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here on Saturday.
South Africa, who defeated Bangladesh by more than an innings in all their previous four encounters, were bowled out for 170 inside 61 overs shortly after lunch to concede a 22-run lead to the hosts.
But the South Africans struck back through speedster Dale Steyn (3-27) to reduce Bangladesh to 48/3 by tea on an already deteriorating pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur stadium.
Opener Tamim Iqbal (two) was done in by a late inswinger while Shahriar Nafees (16) was trapped leg before six overs later.
Habibul Bashar (two) was the victim of a dodgy decision by umpire Steve Buicknor, who ruled the batsman out despite TV replays suggesting the ball would have gone down the leg-side.
At the break, Junaid Siddique, batting on 16 and skipper Mohammad Ashraful on nine were at the crease with Bangladesh enjoying an overall lead of 70 runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh owed their historic performance to a career-best 6-27 by paceman Shahadat Hossain as well as the move by Ashraful to bring himself into attack and claim A.B. de Villiers (46).
De Villiers, dropped in the preceding over by Ashraful on 30, pulled at a ball which had bounced twice before reaching his bat.
While Ashraful promptly made amends for the earlier miss by taking the catch, de Villiers stood his ground thinking that the ball should be declared dead.
Umpire Steve Bucknor then raised his finger, rightly so, as the rules state that a ball will be deemed legitimate if it does not bounce more than twice before hitting the bat.
It was an important breakthrough for the hosts as de Villiers was growing in confidence, having hit seven fours and the only six of the innings in his 73-ball knock.
Brief Scores (at tea, D-2):
Bangladesh Ist innings 192 and 48/3 (Junaid Siddique 16 n o; Steyn 3 for 27) Vs South Africa 170 all out (AB de Villiers 46, Botha 25, Amla 25; Hossain 6 for 27, Rafique 2 for 55).