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Stubborn rain washes out fourth day

South Africa remains at 61 for no loss in second innings, trailing Bangladesh by 17 runs, with more rain forecast on fifth day

Stubborn rain washes out fourth day - Cricket News
Bangladesh ground staff cover the playing field as rain comes in.
Incessant rain on Friday (July 24) at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong led to the fourth day of the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa being washed out. 

There were large puddles of water on the covers but with the weather gods refusing to relent, the umpires were not able to conduct an inspection. 

Bangladesh managed to take a 78-run first-innings lead on Thursday -- thanks to a maiden half-century from wicketkeeper Litton Das -- before being bowled out for 326.

In reply, Stiaan van Zyl and Dean Elgar guided South Africa to 61 for no loss in 21.1 overs before bad light and rain forced an early end to the third day's play, with the visiting side trailing by just 17 runs. 

While the match is nicely poised, a result seems unlikely with heavy rain forecast on the fifth day as well.

Bangladesh created history in the three-match One-Day International series that preceded the Test, winning it 2-1. The second and final Test is scheduled to begin on July 30 in Dhaka. 

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