SA make solid start as Smith scores fifty

Updated: 29 February 2008 17:53 IST

Graeme Smith hit a confident half century in an unbroken opening stand to give South Africa a strong start to the second Test match against Bangladesh.

Chittagong:

Captain Graeme Smith hit a confident half century in an unbroken opening stand to give South Africa a strong start to the second Test match against Bangladesh on Friday.

Smith hit seven boundaries to reach an unbeaten 53 off 70 balls at lunch on the first day for his 21st Test half century.

Neil McKenzie contributed 36 off 98 balls with five boundaries. South Africa was 92 without loss at the break after Smith won the toss and decided to bat first. The South Africa openers frustrated the Bangladeshi bowling attack on a placid pitch at Chittagong Divisional Stadium.

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful used five bowlers, including three spinners in a fruitless bid to dislodge the South African opening pair. South Africa leads the two test series 1-0 after beating Bangladesh by 5 wickets this week.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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