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Opening test drawn as Rain has final Say

  • Bangladesh vs South Africa – Chittagong 

The first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Chittagong ended in a draw after rain washed out play for the second successive day on Saturday.

The result was disappointing for everyone but it marked the first occasion that the two sides figured in a drawn game. Bangladesh had lost all eight previous Tests against their opponents, seven by an innings, but this one was finely poised after three days with the Tigers leading by 17 against the Proteas who still had all their second-innings wickets intact.

However, persistent rain throughout Friday and then again on Saturday ensured that the anticipated close contest did not happen and the hosts emerged with a better record of the action on the first three days.

The result also meant that Dale Steyn will be left waiting for his 400th Test wicket having claimed Mustafizur Rahman as victim 399 on Thursday.

South Africa had ended the third day on 61 without loss – still 17 runs adrift of Bangladesh – with Stiaan van Zyl (33) and Dean Elgar (28) both undefeated.

After Friday’s play was completely washed out, Imrul Kayes had said that Bangladesh were disappointed at missing out on the fourth day’s play, as he felt the hosts were in a better position than their opponents.

An entire day being wiped out all but ended South Africa’s chances of forcing a result; the visitors had to compile a big total and take 10 wickets all in the space of 90 overs if they were to push for a win. Bangladesh, on the other hand, have played some of their best cricket in recent months, and made their highest ever Test score against South Africa in the first innings.

“Obviously, because Bangladesh played really good cricket as a team,” Imrul told Gazi TV. “Overall, had there had been a five-day game we would have had a positive result because we dominated this Test quite well. I think we are unlucky that it didn’t happen. I think this is a positive side for Bangladesh cricket. The fact that we played consistently for a long time, I think that is a good sign for us and a big achievement for us.”

But Imrul, who had also said before the Test that a draw would be an “achievement” for Bangladesh, remained realistic that a full day’s play was unlikely even on Saturday.

The second test between the two sides is scheduled to begin in Mirpur on Thursday 30 July but it appears that the match could well be ruined by rain once again which has been forecast for all days of the test.

Scores:

South Africa 248 (Bavuma 54, Mustafizur 4-37) 61 for 0 (Van Zyl 33*, Elgar 28*)

Bangladesh  326 (Mahmudullah 67, Tamim 57, Das 50. Steyn 3-78)

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