That’s about it then. A day that started late ends earlier than warranted, although later by Durban’s standards. But enough of what happened off the field. On it, South Africa end the day the more satisfactory of the two sides, though Bangladesh remain just two wickets away from opening up the hosts’ lower order. Join us for the action tomorrow, as Binoy, Ekanth, and me, Himanshu, bid you goodbye for the day!
MRW: “Oh dear, this has been the problem with test cricket in Durban forever! Between 5pm and 5.30pm it just gets too dark to continue. The delay at the start of today was always going to be problematic because of this.”
Gesinski: “Bavuma is averaging 50 over the past 2 years… with a high score of 61. He’s not exactly winning matches.”
Remember, the start of the day was delayed by 35 minutes by a sightscreen issue. By this time, we could well have been another six or seven overs into the day’s play had that not happened. But all said and done, it is now stumps for the day.
5.20pm A quiet word between the umpires, and Erasmus now measures the light. With that, he takes them off as bad light stops play despite the sun being out there. It appears unlikely that they will be called back again today, because as Firdose points out, “we never play beyond 5pm here”. And now this becomes the benchmark to measure the light and state of play for the remaining four days.