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SA in sight of victory
- Best stand for both teams but Rudolph steals show

Chittagong, April 26 (Agencies): Jacques Rudolph became only the fifth player to score a double century on Test debut as South Africa continued to dominate the first match against Bangladesh Saturday.

South Africa declared shortly before lunch on 470 for two, a first-innings lead of 297, before Bangladesh made a bold bid to avoid a heavy defeat, closing Day 3 on 185 for five.

The home team needs 112 more to avoid innings defeat.

The 21-year-old Rudolph finished on 222 not out — the second highest score by a Test debutant. He also became the first South African to score a double century in his first Test.

Other players to have scored double centuries on Test debut are West Indian Lawrence Rowe, Brendon Kuruppu of Sri Lanka, Matthew Sinclair of New Zealand and England’s Reginald Foster.

Boeta Dippenaar made a career-best 178 not out, and his unbroken partnership of 429 with Rudolph was the highest for any wicket for South Africa, surpassing the 368-run opening stand between Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith against Pakistan at Newlands earlier this year.

It was also the sixth-best partnership ever in the history of Test cricket.

The duo of Habibul Bashar and Javed Omar then posted the best partnership for Bangladesh by putting on 131 for the second wicket. It was Bangladesh’s best stand for any wicket. Bashar made 75 and Omar 71.

Rudolph had to recover from a nasty blow to the back of the head. He ducked into a bouncer from 19 year-old fast bowler Mushrafe Mortaza and needed lengthy treatment. Rudolph raced through the 190s with three boundaries in an over from Khaled Mahmud and stole a single off the last ball to reach the landmark.

His 383-ball 222 contained 29 fours and two sixes.

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