Rain washes out third day of play in Dhaka Test

Published December 7, 2021
DHAKA: The pitch is covered with plastic sheets as rain interrupts the start of the third day of the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.—AFP
DHAKA: The pitch is covered with plastic sheets as rain interrupts the start of the third day of the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.—AFP

DHAKA: The third day of the second and final Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Dhaka was called off Monday due to persistent rain without a ball being bowled.

Match officials called off play at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at 2:00pm, about 90 minutes after the scheduled lunch break as there was no sign of an end to the rain that was caused by Cyclone Jawad. Rain has fallen heavily on each day of the match so far.

The third session of the first day was lost to rain and bad light and only 6.2 of 98 overs were possible on day two.

With more rain or thundershowers being predicted in many parts of Bangladesh in the next 24 hours, a draw looks like the only possible result.

Pakistan, who opted to bat first, reached 188-2 in 63.2 overs with captain Babar Azam batting on 71 alongside Azhar Ali on 52. Taijul Islam picked up both wickets to fall.

Pakistan won the first Test in Chittagong by eight wickets and lead the two-match series 1-0. Earlier, the visitors swept the three-match T20 International series.

Published in Dawn, December 7th, 2021

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