Bangladesh made to rue decision to bowl

South Africa piled on the runs against Bangladesh at Senwes Park on Thursday, as Proteas Opener Dean Elgar batted through the opening day for an unbeaten century
Elgar made 128 not out, his ninth test century, and put on 196 for the first wicket with debutant Aiden Markram, who was run out for 97 as the Proteas closed on 298 for one.
Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 68 after he and Elgar added 102 for the second wicket.
Home captain Faf du Plessis could not hide his surprise after his Bangladesh opposite number Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first.
South Africa made full use of what may prove to be a misguided decision by Rahim.
Du Plessis said at the toss he was "very surprised" by Rahim's decision. "It looks a little bit dry. I definitely would have batted. It looks a really good pitch and I expect it to spin later on."
There was none of the early life that Rahim had hoped would assist his three seam bowlers.
Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman effectively admitted that his team may have made the wrong call. "Normally in South Africa there is grass and bounce on the pitch, so were surprised that it was more like a Bangladesh wicket," he said.

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