26th April 2003

Double on debut

Double on debut

South African batsman Jacques Rudolph scored a Test match double century on debut on this day in 2004 in Chittagong as the visitors took firm control of the first of the two-match Test series against Bangladesh. Bangladesh, who elected to bat after winning the toss, failed to utilize the good batting conditions on offer and made a sub-par 173 with only Habibul Bashar making a sizable contribution with a 60. Chinaman bowler Paul Adams ended with 5/37 for the visitors. Bangladesh made an earnest beginning with the ball sending back openers Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs early but those were the only two wickets they would pick in the match as Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar struck mammoth tons in an unbeaten 429-run third wicket stand. While Rudolph went on to join an elite list of cricketers with a double ton on Test debut, Dippenaar made 177 as South Africa declare their innings at 470/2. Adams then picked up another five-for in the second innings as the Proteas recorded an innings and 60 runs victory.

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