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Dale Steyn joins 400 club

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Dale Steyn became only the second South African bowler to join the exclusive 400-wicket club on the opening day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

Pace bowler Steyn, 32, removed opener Tamim Iqbal in the first session to become the 13th player to reach the Test milestone as Bangladesh closed day one at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on 246 for eight.

Shaun Pollock (421) was the first South African to achieve the feat, but Steyn's strike rate of 41.6 makes him the quickest in Test history to reach the landmark in terms of balls bowled.

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Steyn, in his 80th Test, had Tamim caught by Hashim Amla at first slip for six in the fifth over to become joint-second fastest on the all-time list alongside Sir Richard Hadlee in terms of Test matches.

Bangladesh elected to bat after winning the toss and were keen to build on their progress after claiming a draw for the first time against South Africa in the opening Test in Chittagong, which lost two days to heavy downpours.

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After Tamim's departure had left the hosts on 12 for one, fellow opener Imrul Kayes (30) and Mominul Haque (40) steered Bangladesh to 81 without further loss before the latter fell to JP Duminy in the 32nd over.

Kayes was trapped lbw by the same bowler soon after before Mahmudullah (35) and Mushfiqur Rahim (65) put on 94 for the fourth wicket.

But Mahmudullah was caught by Temba Bavuma for Steyn's second wicket in the 63rd over and Mushfiqur followed 10 overs later, snaffled behind by wicketkeeper Dane Vilas off Dean Elgar to leave Bangladesh on 215 for five.

Liton Das made only three before becoming Duminy's third scalp when Elgar held a catch, and pace bowler Morne Morkel claimed his solitary wicket of the day when Shakib Al Hasan (35) was also caught by Elgar.

Steyn took his third wicket in the final over to finish with three for 30 off 16.1 overs when bowling Mohammad Shahid for one as the tourists finished the opening day in the ascendancy.

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