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Cricket-South Africa ease to five-wicket triumph over Bangladesh

By Azad Majumder

DHAKA, Feb 25 - South Africa reeled off the 27
runs required for victory in less than an hour to record a
five-wicket triumph over Bangladesh on the fourth morning of
the first test on Monday.

Resuming on their overnight score of 178 for four, the
visitors needed less than 11 overs to reach their victory
target of 205 runs in 44 minutes for the loss of a single
wicket.

South Africa lost Ashwell Prince for 38 when he was trapped
lbw by Shahdat Hossain (3-70) before wicketkeeper Mark Boucher
hit the winning run with a cover-drive off spinner Mohammad
Rafique.

On Sunday, skipper Graeme Smith's 20th test half century
and five wickets from Jacques Kallis laid the foundations for a
South Africa victory after Bangladesh had matched the tourists
for the first two days.

Shahadat registered career-best figures of 6-27 in the
first innings to help the hosts bundle South Africa out for 170
as Bangladesh carried a 22-run lead into the second innings.

However, Kallis struck back with the ball (5-30) and Smith
with the bat (62) to ruin any hopes Bangladesh harboured of
recording a rare test victory.

The winning run chase was the highest on the sub-continent
for South Africa, surpassing the 164 they managed when beating
India in Mumbai three years ago.

Smith, who took over as skipper when he was just 22 against
Bangladesh in Chittagong four years ago, equalled Hansie
Cronjie's record of captaining South Africa for a 53rd time.

Mark Boucher also reclaimed the world record for the most
test dismissals by a wicketkeeper with his 417th victim on
Sunday, surpassing the mark held by Australia's Adam Gilchrist.

Boucher then added his 418th wicket, catching Saqibul Hasan
off Kallis to wrap up the Bangladesh innings.

The teams now head to Chittagong for the second match of
the two-test series starting on Friday.
(Writing by Nizam Ahmed; Editing by John O'Brien)