Bangladesh Lose Two Wickets Before Play Called Off

Bangladesh Lose Two Wickets Before Play Called Off
Bangladesh Lose Iqbal Early On Day Three
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South Africa 441-9 dec. (Smith 157, Amla 112, Shakib Al Hasan 5-130) v
Bangladesh 153 (Mushfiqur Rahim 48, Ntini 3-26) & 67-3

1st Test, Bloemfontein, day three, rain stopped play

Bangladesh lost the wickets of overnight batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique on day three of the first Test against South Africa in Bloemfontein before play was abandoned for the day with them on 67 for three in their second innings.

Resuming on 20 for one having been asked to follow on, the left-handed pair of Iqbal and Zunaed Siddique played watchfully for the first hour before a testing spell from Makhaya Ntini got its reward with Iqbal slashing at a wide delivery and edging to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher.

Siddique (27) perished in similar circumstances, this time Jacques Kallis the bowler shortly before the players left the field with lightning and rain closing in, which brought about an early lunch and as the rain continued to fall, no further play was possible.

Iqbal had made 20 from 49 deliveries and his dismissal brought captain Mohammad Ashraful to the crease with the Bangladeshis still trailing South Africa by 243 runs having been bowled out for 153 in reply to South Africa's 441 for nine declared.

South Africa are without spinner Paul Harris for the rest of the game after he was ruled out of the game for three to four weeks with his fractured thumb while Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim was handed an official reprimand for dissent.

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