29 February 2008
A far from impressive Bangladesh bowling attack was made to toil on the first day of the second and final Test match at Chittagong Divisional Stadium on Friday
South Africa openers Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie pounded Bangladesh and stand on the brink of record opening partnership after batting through the opening day on a lifeless pitch of Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
Smith reached 223 at stumps, his fourth double century in Test cricket, with McKenzie closing on a career best 169 as South Africa ended the day on 405 without loss.
The pair need just nine runs to create history and secure the record opening partnership in Test cricket, set by India's Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad against New Zealand in Chennai in 1956.
Bangladesh lost the all important toss in the morning and the bowlers could not make any impression throughout the day with their erratic and toothless bowling. The defensive ploy adopted by Bangladesh skipper helped the south African openers in the early hours and they settled nicely to punish Bangladesh for the rest of the day.
Bangladesh lost the first Test by 5 wickets and face the prospect of another Test defeat just after the first day of the second Test.