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2nd Test between Bangladesh and South Africa called off

798   //    03 Aug 2015, 09:53 IST
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The series ends in a draw

The rain affected second Test between hosts Bangladesh and South Africa has been called off. The series thus ends in a 0-0 draw since the first Test was also drawn due to some rain interruptions. 

Only 88.1 overs were possible throughout the Test, and all of them were bowled on the first day of the Test. The second, third and fourth days were all washed out due to persistent rain, but the weather was clear today (final day). Since the outfield had taken a lot of water, the umpires deemed the conditions unfit to play and hence the match was called off.

This is a blow for the world number 1 Test side since they would now be losing a lot of rating points as they have drawn level in a series against the 9th ranked team in Test Cricket. Both sides were confident of winning the first Test before rain had its say on the final day.

The BCB officials will now have to think twice before scheduling a series at this time of the year in the future. It has cost South Africa 5 points which they wouldn’t have imagined losing. Even though they will still remain on top of the rankings, it has certainly closed the gap between them and the world number 2. 

Bangladesh also haven’t moved up the ladder, but have gained 6 points due to this result. The Proteas will now return home to play New Zealand in a short limited overs series which will be followed by a long gruelling tour to India. 

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