Nafees defies South Africa in Chittagong

Published: Sunday, March 2, 2008, 14:26 [IST]
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Chittagong: Shahriar Nafees hit an unbeaten half-century as Bangladesh tried to fight back on the third day of the second Test against South Africa here on Sunday.

The 23-year-old hit 10 fours in his 61-run knock to give the tottering Bangladeshis a slim chance at the Chittagong Divisional stadium.

At lunch, the hosts were 168/4 with Aftab Ahmed giving company to Nafees on 21.

Bangladesh though still trail South Africa by 415 runs in the first innings and need 216 runs to avoid the follow-on mark of 384.

The fightback was led by Nafees who stitched a valuable 69-run partnership for the fourth wicket with nightwatchman Abdur Razzaq (33) after the hosts were reeling at 60/3 overnight.

This was the fourth half-century for Nafees, who took the fight to the rival camp by hitting some delectable shots on either side of the wicket.

Razzaq also provided ample entertainment in his cameo knock, hitting aggressive boundaries off fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini with consummate ease.

His innings, which contained six fours, came to an end when he top edged to Ashwell Prince off spinner Robin Peterson while trying to loft one over point.

Bangladesh batsmen thrived on the wicket which showed no signs of deteriorating, putting on 108 runs in the morning session while losing just one wicket.

South Africa's bowlers, especially Morne Morkel, troubled the batsmen on a few occasions but failed to get as many breakthroughs as they would have liked.

There was also an injury scare after Hamish Amla hurt his ankle in trying to stop a sharp ball and had to be carried off the field.

South Africa lead the two-Test series 1-0 after winning the opener in Dhaka by five wickets.

Brief Score (at lunch, D-3):

Bangladesh 168/4 (Nafees 61 n o, Aftab Ahmad 21 n o; Steyn 3 for 43) Vs South Africa 583/7 decl.


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