South Africa-Bangladesh 1st Test drawn as rain washes out play

  • IANS, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2015 15:51 IST
Officials walk across the pitch as rain washes out play on the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between Bangladesh and South Africa at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on July 24, 2015. (AFP Photo)

The first cricket Test match between Bangladesh and South Africa ended in a draw as Day 5 was washed out without a ball being bowled at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Saturday.

Incessant rain forced play to be abandoned on the fourth day and continued to frustrate on the last day before the umpires called the match off following an inspection at noon, when it was still drizzling, reports

It was Bangladesh's first draw against South Africa after eight defeats in as many Test matches. Seven of those were innings defeats.

Bangladesh's one-off Test against India last month also ended in a draw due to torrential rain in Fatullah.

The hosts may have been happy with the rain in the Test against India, but they would rue it against South Africa because they had the upper hand in the match with a good first innings lead.

Bangladesh bowled superbly to restrict the Proteas to 248 in their first innings on Day 1 before scoring 326 to take a 78-run lead. South Africa were 61 for no loss in their second innings, 17 runs behind the hosts, on the third day. But the rain prevented no further play.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will have to look at the weather to finalise future series at home and avoid the monsoon season. The rain denies spectators of the chance to watch a fair contest with the possibility of a result.

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