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Persistent rain puts Afghanistan on hold

Mukul : risingbd.com
     
Publish on: 2019-09-09 12:48:39 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-09-09 4:42:40 PM

Sports Desk: Rain continued to deny Afghanistan a shot at victory on the fifth day after it allowed only thirteen balls to be bowled in the second session.

The play began at 1.00pm  but covers came back on after two overs of play.

Afghanistan: 342 & 260

Bangladesh: 205 & 143/6 * (46.3 ov, target 398)
 

The visitors still need four wickets to win the Test, but there was only seven minutes of play possible before another bout of heavy rain, which had kept the teams indoors for three hours since morning, forced them back into the dressing room.

Bangladesh's last two recognised batsmen Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar were unbeaten on 44 and 2 respectively.

Shortly after noon, the umpires spelled out that a minimum of 63 overs would be possible in the rest of the day, with 5.30pm being the cut-off time. But persistent rain meant Bangladesh would have to bat out just one session at the maximum to save the Test.

Rashid Khan has taken three wickets so far in the innings, taking his match tally to eight, while Zahir Khan landed the first two blows when he removed Liton Das and Mosaddek Hossain on Sunday. Mohammad Nabi, playing his last Test, took Shadman Islam's wicket.

 

risingbd/Sept 9, 2019/Mukul