Bangladesh fight back against India

Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes has hit an unbeaten 59 to thwart India in their rain-ruined Test at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium in Fatullah.

India declared their first innings on Saturday morning at their overnight score of six for 462 in a bid to force a result after just 103.3 overs play during the first three days.

Bangladesh were 111 for three in reply when light rain and dark clouds forced the umpires to call a halt for lunch 10 minutes before the scheduled time.

Left-hander Kayes had stood firm at one end, hitting 10 boundaries. Shakib Al Hasan (0) was the other batsman at the crease.

Tamim Iqbal became Bangladesh’s leading Test scorer when, on seven, he surpassed former captain Habibul Bashar’s tally of 3026 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 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.

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

With five sessions to go and more bad weather forecast, the Test is headed for a draw.

The teams are also scheduled to play three one-day internationals in Dhaka on June 18, 21 and 24.

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