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Dhaka Test: Persistent rain ends “nearly” cricketless 2nd day

The first day of the Dhaka Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan was ended early due to bad light, and the second day also had an abrupt end due to persistent rain.

There were only 6.2 overs of play, and in those overs, Pakistan added 22 runs. At the end of the day, Pakistan were at 188 for two in 63.2 overs with Azhar Ali and Babar Azam were not out for 52 and 71 respectively.

Around 3pm on Sunday, the second day of play was called off, a few hours earlier than the regular time.

According to the weather forecast, the spectators should not hope for much play tomorrow as well.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has predicted rain or thundershowers in many parts of the country in the next 24 hours, a forecast is attributed to the deep depression over the west-central Bay of Bengal.

There was no play after the tea break of day one as well. When play stopped, Pakistan were batting at 161 for two with Azhar Ali and Babar Azam were unbeaten for 36 and 60 respectively.

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bagged two wickets in the first session of the match.

Earlier, in the first Test in Chattogram, Bangladesh lost by eight wickets.

This is Bangladesh’s first series in the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. In the previous cycle, Bangladesh played seven matches and lost six of them with only a draw.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh announced an 18-member squad for the New Zealand tour to play two Tests. Shakib Al Hasan is included in the team, but the southpaw applied for leave during the series. The board is yet to respond to his letter.

Source: Unites News of Bangladesh