Rain again wrecks India-Bangladesh Test

The rain-ruined cricket Test between India and Bangladesh is lurching towards a draw with poor weather again disrupting play in Fatullah.

India declared their first innings on Thursday morning at their overnight score of six for 462 in a bid to force a result in a match with just 103.3 overs bowled in the first three days.

Bangladesh were 111 for three in 30.1 overs in reply at lunch before rain wiped out the remaining two sessions at the water-logged Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium.

With just a day left and not even two innings completed, only a dramatic Bangladeshi collapse could liven up play on Sunday.

Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes hit an unbeaten 59 to thwart India’s bowlers, who claimed three quick wickets before the rains set in.

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 by Wriddhiman Saha off 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 half-centuries in 12 consecutive Tests.

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

The one-off Test will be followed by three one-day internationals in Dhaka on June 18, 21 and 24.

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