Rain again wrecks India-Bangladesh Test


FATULLAH: The rain-ruined Test match between India and Bangladesh lurched towards a tame draw on Saturday after bad weather once again disrupted the fourth day’s play in Fatullah.

India declared their first innings at their overnight score of 462 for six in a bid to force a result in a match in which just 103.3 overs were bowled over the first three days.

Bangladesh were 111 for three in 30.1 overs in reply at lunch before rain wiped out the remaining two sessions at the water-logged Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium.

With just one day left and not even two innings completed, only a dramatic Bangladeshi collapse could liven up play on Sunday.

Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes hit an unbeaten 59 to thwart India’s bowlers, who claimed three quick wickets before the rains set in.

Tamim Iqbal became Bangladesh’s leading Test scorer when, on seven, he surpassed former captain Habibul Bashar’s tally of 3,026 runs in 50 matches.

Tamim, playing his 40th Test, moved to 19 before he was stumped smartly by Wriddhiman Saha off a delivery from spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who shared the new ball with seamer Ishant Sharma.

Mominul Haque missed a chance to equal a world record when he was caught in the deep off Harbhajan Singh after making 30.

The left-hander fell 20 runs short of drawing level with South African AB de Villiers’ feat of scoring a half-century in 12 consecutive Tests.

But Mominul still has a remote chance to join De Villiers if the hosts are required to bat a second time on Sunday.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim fell for two just before rain interrupted play when he edged Ashwin to Rohit Sharma at leg slip.

The one-off Test will be followed by three one-day internationals in Dhaka on June 18, 21 and 24. – AFP