Cricket South Africa Dale Steyn reaches 400 wickets as Bangladesh struggle

Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to take 400 Test wickets as the Proteas had the better of day one against Bangladesh.

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South Africa paceman Dale Steyn passed 400 Test wickets as Bangladesh were reduced to 246-8 at stumps on day one of the second and final Test in Mirpur on Thursday.

Steyn dismissed Tamim Iqbal (6) in only the fifth over of the day to become the 13th bowler to join the 400 club in his 80th Test, needing fewer deliveries than any of the previous dozen to achieve that feat.

The 32-year-old quick took 3-30 as the tourists, who handed a debut to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas at the expense of Quinton de Kock, had the better of the opening day at the Shere Bangla Stadium.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim top scored with 65 before he was left shaking his head after being given out caught behind off Dean Elgar following a review, while JP Duminy took 3-27 as runs proved to be hard to come by.

Bangladesh slumped from a promising position of 180-3 as South Africa dominated the final session of the first day of the series decider, with the first Test having ended in a draw.

Steyn, wearing a white headband, ought to have joined Shaun Pollock and become only the second South African bowler to reach the 400 mark when Tamim edged to second slip in the third over, but Elgar was unable to hold onto the catch.

He was not to be denied in his next over, though, as Tamim failed to learn his lesson and this time captain Hashim Amla held on at first slip with just 12 runs on the board.

Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque then put on 69 for the second wicket before the latter became Vilas' first Test victim. Duminy claimed that breakthrough and he then trapped Kayes lbw in his next over to reduce the hosts to 86-3.

Mushfiqur made his first half-century this year and put on 94 for the fourth wicket with Mahmudullah before Steyn had the latter caught at short midwicket.

Bangladesh were 212-5 when a disgruntled Mushfiqur was adjudged caught behind off Elgar after an unsuccessfully review and the wickets continued to fall in the final session.

Liton Das (3) became Duminy's third victim, then Morne Morkel (1-45) got in on the act as Shakib Al Hasan was caught in the gully before Steyn bowled Mohammad Shahid (1) with what proved to be the final ball of a memorable day for the fast bowler.

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