Fatullah Test: Bangladesh v/s India – Play delayed due to rain on Day 5

Rain and bad weather has caused play on Day 5 to be delayed with Bangladesh on 111 for 3 after 30.1 overs
Team-India Day 5 of the Fatullah test match has been delayed due to rain
11:23 IST Sunday, 14 June 2015


Update is that play may resume on 12.45 pm…umpires have made another inspection and the super soppers are frantically at work.

10:43 IST Sunday, 14 June 2015

Inspection at 11.30 am…groan is the word to use post five watershed days of test cricket.

9:36 IST Sunday, 14 June 2015

This tweet sums up the entire scenario.

9:22 IST Sunday, 14 June 2015

And as Day 5 approaches, we have more rain here at Fatullah which has delayed play further.

Though Bangladesh still may bat out the entire day if rain subsides, still this may go down as one of the most boring test matches ever in cricket history.

Stay tuned for more updates.

9:21 IST Sunday, 14 June 2015
Updates from Day 4 – Well what can we say apart from rain which marred the majority of Day 4.

Though Kayes’ half-century made sure that Bangladesh got off to a flyer any chance of the viewers getting a result was washed out with the Mirpur weather.

16:11 IST Saturday, 13 June 2015

And play has been called off (quite predictably!).

Light issues, wet pitch and rains have combined to make this test match a literal farce.

The only positive we can take from this day of cricket is that of India’s spinners providing some much needed excitement with two quick wickets whereas Bangladesh can take solace from the fact that Kayes (59*) gave them a superb start with some scintillationg shots.

Haque on the other hand missed out on De Villers’ record of scoring 12 consecutive 50+ scores in test cricket and will definitely rue on it.

India will aim to skittle out Bangladesh cheaply come the final day and a draw is very much the order of the day.

15:21 IST Saturday, 13 June 2015

Another inspection a 4pm…well well the day’s play in all probability looks set to be called off since the pitch resembles a sea here.

And a Twitter user here aptly sums up the scene at Fatullah!

14:48 IST Saturday, 13 June 2015

Well as team time is here, the update is that there would be an inspection on 3.30 pm post which it would be decided as to whether conditions are suitable for cricket.

Though a few of the covers are coming off, still a chunk of it remains drenched in puddles.

Meanwhile Haque must be pondering over the De Villiers record in the dressing room.

13:51 IST Saturday, 13 June 2015

And Haque was on the verge of equalling South African AB De Villiers’ record of 50+ scores in 12 consecutive test matches.

But he cant now!

12:09 IST Saturday, 13 June 2015

Over 30.1

Ban – 111 for 3

And rain it is!

Quite predictably the clouds have burst open and the ground has swelled with water.

Super Soppers at work and it is only the mark of how the weather gods can play havoc in a potentially engrossing game of cricket.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Over 30.1

Ban – 111 for 3

Meanwhile even the weather looks ominously poised for another rain burst and it will be a real pity if the rain gods once again decide to descend upon us!

The lights are getting dimmer and it will take a real effort from Bangladesh if they are to tackle Ashwin and Harbhajan in such conditions.

And Lunch time it is at Fatullah.

Over 30

Ban – 111 for 3

Bangladesh are reeling after these twin strikes.

If Haque lost his patience and skied an edge to Umesh at mid-off then Ashwin’s delivery was a beauty that took an edge of Rahim’s defensive prod which was lapped up by Rohti at leg-slip.

FLURRY OF WICKETS! India’s spinner shave finally made the much needed breakthrough as Haque (30) and Rahim (2) have been sent packing by Harbhajan and Ashwin respectively.

Over 26

Ban – 103 for 1

Kohli will need to think fo an alternate plan so that India can quickly put this partnership to an end.

No respite for the Indian bowlers as the duo look in amazing touch with some sparkling batsmanship.

Hundred up for Bangladesh…Kayes (53) and haque (30) are playing like two well oiled engines.

Over 22

Ban – 97 for 1

Even Haque (26*) has been playing ideal foil to Kayes and India have to somehow stop these two from taking Bangladesh to a commanding position.

Kayes has made sure that Bangladesh are brimming with confidence and the highlight of his knock has been his rock solid defence and nimble foot-work.

Fifty for Kayes…clobbers Harbhajan over mid-off for a boundary and rings in the milestone.

Over 16

Ban – 75 for 1

And Bangladesh are accelerating quickly…Kayes (36) and Haque (20) are playing some really good cricket here.

Kayes particularly is giving Ashwin and co something to think about.

Clever footwork and shot selection by the duo has ensured that Bangladesh are slowly but surely taking the game back to the opposition camp.

Over 12

Ban – 54 for 1

And Bangladesh cross the 50-run mark here.

Drinks break has been called in.

Kayes (20) and Haque (15) are looking well settled and are dealing with Ashwin’s canny variations with aplomb.

India need Ashwin to bring up another magic ball to make sure that they do not allow Bangladesh to settle down.

Over 6

Ban – 27 for 1

Ashwin strikes and India have the first wicket.

WICKET! Tamim is gone for 19….Saha reacts in lightning quick time to whip off the bails as the batsman is quite agonizingly short of crease.

Over 5

Ban – 23 for 0
And Tamim has got Bangladesh off to a flyer.

He is timing the ball well and also has become Bangladesh’s highest run-scorer in test matches (3034 runs in 40 games).

Take a bow!

Even Kayes looks in pristine touch as he is middling the ball pretty well.

9:24 IST Saturday, 13 June 2015

And India have tendered declaration with the score intact on 462 for 6.

With two full days (if the rain gods permit!) remaining can India pull off a sensational win in this test match?

With Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes walking in to bat…let us see how Bangladesh counter India’s bowlers today.

9:22 IST Saturday, 13 June 2015
Updates from Day 3 – India had finished on 462 for 6 on a rain marred day with Vijay making a fine 150.

Shakib shined for Bangladesh with a four wicket haul which was their sole positve.

Harbhajan and Ashwin will resume proceedings for India on Day 4

16:12 IST Friday, 12 June 2015

So as Day 3 ends, the Mirpur weather played spoilsport again with numerous rain interruptions.

Though Dhawan departed after a superb 173, Vijay made Bangladesh grind with his 150 and even Rahane looked rock-solid and was unlucky to be dismissed on 98.

Bangladesh’s only positive was a quikc spurt of wickets when Shakib dismissed both Rohit and Virat and ended up with a four-wicket haul.

Cometh Day 4, it is still India in the drivers seat and it would be interesting to see as to how Bangladesh counterattack.

16:05 IST Friday, 12 June 2015

So come Day 4, it remains to be seen as to whether the game will teper out to a draw or will India go full throttle at Bangladesh.

Harbhajan (7) and Ashwin (2) walk off and India will hope that they get quick runs on the board come Day 4 and try and skittle out Bangladesh twice within two days.

Frequent rain interruptions have ensured that the test remains a watershed one.

And the umpires have decided that play be called off for the day.

15:17 IST Friday, 12 June 2015

It may be a surprise if this test sees Bangladesh getting to bat out one full day atleast on Day 4 or 5.

And it is raining (again!)…play gets delayed once more.

Over 103.3

Ind – 462 for 6

Harbhajan has hit one boundary in his 7 whereas Ashwin is on 2.

Harbhajan will look to steer India past 500 atleast.

And it is tea time here…we have the spin duo of Ashwin and Harbhajan at crease.

Over 102

Ind – 453 for 6

The first one was a googly which baffled Saha and disturbed his middle-stump whereas Rahane perished after his aggresive pull went wrong which led to him losing his off-stump.

First Jubair castles Saha (6) with a peach whereas Shakib quite tragically denies Rahane (98) a well deserved century.

Two in two here for Bangladesh!

Over 98

Ind – 424 for 4

Vijay departs after a patient knock which took 272 deliveries and was studded with 12 fours and a six.

He tries to sweep Shakib and fails…the ball hits his thigh and a leg-before decision is give.

WICKET! And Vijay is out after a fine knock of 150.

Play has resumed (after the umpteenth rain interruption!).

13:48 IST Friday, 12 June 2015

Stay tuned for more updates.

Vijay is on 150* (271) whereas Rahane is soldiering on with 74* (87).

And what…it is raining again…covers come back on…the players scurry back to the dressing room.

Play resumes…and Vijay reaches 150…well played!

13:08 IST Friday, 12 June 2015

And news is that the game may resume at 1:10 pm…hold on for more updates.