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Bavuma: I'm impressed with my performance

Temba Bavuma says the team went through a tough play against Bangladesh and they hope to come back today.

South Africa's Hashim Amla (R), Temba Bavuma (2R), Quinton de Kock (L) and Jean-Paul Duminy (2L) walk off the field at close of play on the first day of a Test match against Bangladesh. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Temba Bavuma hopes he has done enough to impress the coaches and selectors after scoring his maiden half century for the Proteas.

Bavuma's knock held a teetering Proteas first innings together on the opening day of the series against Bangladesh at Chittagong yesterday.

After winning the toss, the Proteas looked to be in good shape at 104/1 at lunch.

But they lost their next 9 wickets for 112 runs, Bavuma top scoring with 54.

Bavuma said he is pleased with his performance and the contribution he made to the team was meaningful.

"It's always nice you know to make some kind of a contribution to the team, especially when it's your country. I think as well me being my first kind of meaningful contribution, the team kind meant a bit more and kind gave me a bit of confidence to know that I can play at this level."

He said they have to be smart about their fight back on day two.

"I think patience is a big thing, we're not going to just roll them over, and their guys can bat. Just being patient with a lot of control, keep that run rate as low as possible and wait for any mistake that hey make."

Bavuma said conditions were difficult and they tried their best but they played a very tricky team.

"The wicket for me it was quite slow, you so trying to adapt to the wicket was a bit more of a challenge. Trying to score as well was also a bit more of a challenge with the ball not coming to the wicket and keeping a bit low. But the Bangladeshis they bowled quite well and they made life hard for us."

He said the fightback must continue early tomorrow.

"One has to sometimes admit it and be bold; I think it wasn't our best day. We were on top at lunch, at about 130 or so for one and you know to be buddle out for about 250 is not our best day.

"We haven't taken any team likely; Bangladesh skills were just on top today but tomorrow I'm sure we'll be coming back fighting even harder."