Fatullah: Rain played spoilsport yet again as the second day of the one-off cricket Test between India and Bangladesh was called off without a single delivery being bowled, here today.
India ended the rain-hit first day at 239 for no loss in 56 overs with opener Shikhar Dhawan unbeaten on 150 in company of Murali Vijay on 89.
Bangladesh ground staff cover the playing field as rain comes during the second day. Pic/ AFP
With weather forecast painting a gloomy picture, there is every possibility of heavens opening up in the remaining three days which might leave Virat Kohli's men with very little time to take 20 wickets and enforce an outright result in the match.
Kohli, who is eager to get on with the proceedings, might just feel a tad frustrated at the turn of events which are beyond his control. However, the most interesting piece of statistic that has emerged out of this already rain-marred game is the fact that this is the very first time that a Test match is being played in Bangladesh in the month of June.
According to statistics published in ESPN Cricinfo, 50 Test matches (including the current one) so far have been held in Bangladesh and never ever has a Test match been played in the months of June, July, August or September, which is peak monsoon season in this part of the world.
The seven Test matches that India have played till date have been held in November (2000), December (2004-05), May (2007) and January (2010) when the possibility of heavy rain is very less. There was an air of inevitability about rain playing a party pooper during this short series.
That monsoons might affect the series was predicted by Bangladesh's ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza during a recent interaction. "I hope rains keep away and both can play 50 overs, but one can't say as it's rainy season now," Mashrafe recently told PTI in an interaction.
India 1st Innings: 239/0 in 56 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 150 batting, Murali Vijay 89 batting; Shuvagata Hom 0-47).