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India in Bangladesh, 2007


Weather rules in Chittagong

20 May 2007

Bulletin by Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

Overnight heavy shower followed by early morning downpour forced umpires to call off the third day's play of the first Test between India and Bangladesh at Chittagong Divisional Stadium on Sunday.

Only 20 overs play was possible on the 2nd day, and as play was called off today without a ball being bowled, any realistic chance of getting a positive result in the first Test match of the GrameenPhone series is highly unlikely.

Weather rules in Chittagong

Weather rules in Chittagong © Cricinfo

The groundsmen had no opportunity to make the field ready for play, as rain created several puddles in the outfield, and poor drainage system further worsened the situation.

Umpires, Daryl Harper and Billy Doctrove, after consultation with the team managements have decided to abandon the day's play after a brief inspection at 11:30 AM local time.

The forecast is not encouraging, and meteorological office is predicting more rain tonight and tomorrow morning, casting a serious doubt on the fate of fourth day's play.

Umpires have decided to start 30 minutes earlier on fourth and fifth day, if rain permits any play at all.

Only 97 overs have been bowled in the rain marred Test match, and India accumulated 381 runs for the loss of 6 wickets after deciding to bat first.


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