Rain plays spoilsport on day two of Pak-BD Test

The Nation  |  Dec 06, 2021

DHAKA - Play was called off early on day two in Mirpur in the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan due to persistent rain.

Only 6.2 overs of play was possible on day two of the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. The groundsmen were hard at work, bringing the covers on and off multiple times with rain playing hide and seek throughout the first session. The play finally started at 12:50 PM local time, more than three hours after the scheduled start. Babar Azam kicked things off with a boundary off the first ball of the day. 

Azhar Ali found enough time in the 6.2 overs bowled on day two to reach his 34th Test half-century, as Pakistan moved ahead by 27 runs without any further damages since the first morning. Babar Azam, unbeaten on 71, tucked the first delivery of the day for four, after Khaled Ahmed bowled it down the leg-side. Azhar soon brought up the 100-run stand before he struck two fours off Ebadot Hossain to reach his fifty, off 126 balls. The pair have so far added 118 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand. 

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Rain brought day two to a halt at 1:20pm, exactly 30 minutes after play had begun. It was a day of light to heavy showers, which started around half an hour before the scheduled start of play. At any rate, the second day kicked off after a delay. The first time the umpires announced the possibility of a start to the day’s proceedings was at 11:20am, but five minutes before play was to get underway, rain returned, forcing the players back into the dressing room. The umpires then decided to call the play off for the day, with Pakistan batting at 188/2 in the first innings. 

Weather permitting, the action on day three is expected to begin at 09:30 AM local time. The weather lived up to the original forecast of a downpour on Sunday, and it is likely to continue into the third and fourth days. This is due to the deep depression that caused by the cyclone Jawad on the west-central Bay of Bengal. 

SCORES IN BRIEF:

STUMPS DAY 2: PAKISTAN 188 for 2 (Babar 71*, Azhar 52, Taijul 2-49) vs BANGLADESH.

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