DHAKA: Persistent rains forced umpires to call off play on day three of the second Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh without a ball being bowled in Dhaka.
Day three is now scheduled to start at 9:30 am (Bangladesh time). As many as 98 overs will be bowled tomorrow (Tuesday).
Earlier, both the teams had been directed to stay at the hotel as the rain continued to pour in Dhaka.
The second day was also called off early due to incessant rains as only 38 balls’ play was possible.
On Sunday, Pakistan added 27 runs to their overnight score to reach 188 for two against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
After there was no play in the first session on the second day, play resumed following an early lunch and Pakistan began confidently and convincingly before rain halted play after 6.2 overs.
Shortly before rain ended the second day’s play, Azhar Ali hit back to back boundaries off Ebadot Hossain to complete his 34th 50 in his 91st Test. When day’s play was finally called off, Azhar was batting on 52 after beginning the day at 36.
Babar Azam, who was 60 overnight in Pakistan’s 161 for two, had started impressively with a boundary off the first ball of the day and was still at the crease on 71 with eight fours and a six.
The two batters have so far added 118 runs for the unfinished third wicket partnership.
Scores in brief (2nd Test, day 2 of 5):
Pakistan 188-2, 63.2 overs (Babar Azam 71 not out, Azhar Ali 52 not out, Abid Ali 39, Abdullah Shafique 25, Taijul Islam 2-49) v Bangladesh
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