Rain virtually ends chances of a result on day four

Rain virtually ends chances of a result on day four
Harbhajan Singh picked his first wicket on the comeback dismissing Mominul Haque on day four of the second Test.
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Bangladesh 111-3 (Kayes 59 no)
India 462-6 dec (Dhawan 173)
Only Test, Fatullah, day five

Just about 30 overs were possible on day four as India declared on their overnight score and asked Bangladesh to bat, but rain consumed more than two sessions of day four of the only Test in Fatullah, virtually ruling out chances of a result barring a miracle. 

India started with Ishant Sharma (0-13) on one end and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-30) on the other.

Tamim Iqbal (19) made history very early by overtaking Habibul Bashar as Bangladesh’s leading run-getter in Tests.

However, his joy was short-lived as Ashwin struck early. He lured Tamim with a tossed up delivery that spun sharply beating the outside edge.

With Wriddhiman Saha lightning quick behind the stumps, Tamim was caught short of the crease marginally and was adjudged stumped by the third umpire.

Mominul Haque (30) who has 50+ scores in 11 successive tests and is one short of AB de Villiers’ mark of 12 made sure Bangladesh didn’t lose too many too quickly.

Umesh Yadav (0-34) started with a good but unfortunate over, going for two fours of either edge from Mominul.

Bangladesh reached 43 for one after 10 overs. Yadav’s bad luck continued as Shikhar Dhawan dropped a regulation chance at second slip as Imrul Kayes (59 not out) was squared up by a well-directed short delivery.

He was on 10 and helped himself to two fours in that over. The innings was briefly interrupted by another burst of rain in the middle of the 13th over.
Taking Bangladesh steadily at over four per over, Kayes brought up his fifty with a four off Harbhajan Singh (1-23) who was making an international comeback after a long time.

Mominul brought up Bangladesh’s 100 with a couple off Harbhajan in the 24th over. It was Harbhajan in the 28th over who got the eventual breakthrough.

Mominul charged down the track and mistimed a delivery that dipped and turned to send a skier to mid-off.

That ended an 81 run partnership and could well be Mominul’s only opportunity to score his 12th 50+ score.

Ashwin brought back into the attack struck the very next over with a classical off-spinner’s delivery that dipped and turned to get the edge from Mushfiqur Rahim (2) snaffled at leg-slip.

Bangladesh were 111 for three after 30.1 overs when rain interrupted play.

They could never really get back on ground and play was eventually called off after a few hours. That leaves just one day tomorrow in the Test with a result virtually impossible.

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