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Persistent rain forces draw in Chittagong

Play washed out for second consecutive day; Bangladesh and South Africa to play final Test from July 30

Persistent rain forces draw in Chittagong - Cricket News
With incessant rain lashing the city, the players stuck to their hotel rooms and the officials decided to call off the game.
Stubborn rain for the second consecutive day washed out any chance of play and forced a draw on the final day of the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Chittagong on Saturday (July 25)

With incessant rain lashing the city, the players stuck to their hotel rooms and the officials decided to call off the game around noon. Only 221 overs were bowled in the match as the fourth and fifth days were washed out without a ball being bowled and around 50 overs were lost due to rain on the previous two days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

This was the first time in nine Tests that Bangladesh has managed a draw against South Africa. Having restricted South Africa to 248 in the first innings, the home side took a 78-run first-innings lead — thanks to a maiden half-century from Litton Das, its wicketkeeper — before being bowled out for 326. It was also its highest total against South Africa.

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 visitors trailing by 17 runs.

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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