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South Africa spinners wrap up crushing win over Bangladesh

Port Elizabeth: South African captain Dean Elgar hailed the performance of a below-strength team after they completed a crushing 332-run win on the fourth day of the second Test against Bangladesh at St George’s Park on Monday.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque, meanwhile, bemoaned the failure of his players to perform with both bat and ball.

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Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer bowled South Africa to victory for the second week in a row. Bangladesh were bowled out for 80, losing their remaining seven wickets inside an hour. Left-arm spinner Maharaj took seven for 40 and off-spinner Harmer claimed three for 34.

It was the second successive match in which the two spinners bowled unchanged through the fourth innings. It was also Maharaj’s second seven-wicket haul in successive matches after he took seven for 32 in South Africa’s 220-run win in the first Test in Durban.

Maharaj, who top-scored with 84 in South Africa’s first innings, was named player of the match and player of the series. South Africa shrugged off the loss of five leading players, including their full first-choice fast bowling line-up, to the Indian Premier League.

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“People say were playing the series with a weakened squad but I don’t see it as that,” Elgar said at the post-match presentation. “I see that as giving guys opportunities at this level, testing their skills and seeing where they are as an international cricketer.”

Elgar praised Maharaj and Harmer, who took advantage of spin-friendly conditions in both Tests.

“What a combination that is,” he said. “It’s great to see two guys experienced in their careers going about their business at the highest level.”

Elgar said the performance of some of the younger players was a highlight of the series.

“They are putting their hands up and putting pressure on the guys who aren’t here,” he said.



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