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Rain forces draw in Bangladesh-South Africa 2nd Test, series

cricket Updated: Aug 04, 2015 15:12 IST
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The second Test match between Bangladesh and South Africa was declared a draw on Monday after play on the fifth and final day was abandoned due to a wet outfield after days of rain.

The series was drawn 0-0 with both Tests washed out.

Rain at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium disrupted three straight days of play before umpires decided to abandon the match 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the fifth day. Bangladesh was 246-8 in its first innings with captain Mushifuqr Rahim topping the score with 65 runs on the first day before the rain set in.

The first Test at Chittagong also ended in a draw after the final two days were washed out.

"(It is) one of the most bizarre Test series I have ever played," South Africa captain Hashim Amla said. "I don’t think I have played a Test series where, out of 10 days of cricket, six days have been rained off ... It is what it is, you can’t control the weather."

The outcome of the series did not impact the rankings of the two teams but South Africa lost five rating points while Bangladesh gained six.

With the two Tests being rained out, Amla objected to losing the points. "It’s a difficult one to understand really. You can understand if it’s a 1-1 draw where you have played enough cricket to make a true reflection," Amla said.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said the series was 'an opportunity lost' but believed the result could have been in the hosts’ favour with better weather. "You can’t bowl out South Africa under 250 everyday, that’s what we did in the first Test. On the tricky wicket in the second Test, we managed 246," he said, adding that South Africa would not have found it 'easy to bat.'

Lamenting the lost opportunity, Mushfiqur added, "When the game is against the No 1 team, you could learn a lot. Perhaps we were denied that opportunity. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander consistently keep the batsmen under pressure while Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis rarely make mistakes."

South Africa won the T20 series 2-0 but Bangladesh had its first ever ODI series victory over the tourists, winning 2-1 after losing the first match.