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India-Bangladesh Test at the mercy of rain gods

India-Bangladesh Test at the mercy of rain gods

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have never hosted a Test in the months of June, July, August and September, the period when rainfall is forecast to be the most.

India's 18-day Bangladesh tour got off to a mixed start as weather played spoilsport even as the visitors piled on the runs on the opening day of the one-off Test in Fatullah.

The first day's play was marred with rain and more than three hours and 34 overs were lost as Shikhar Dhawan (150*) and Mural Vijay (89*) took India to 239 for 0 at stumps.

The match officials had decided to start the play 30 minutes earlier on day two to make up for the lost overs but the situation turned from bad to worse, and it won't be a surprise if Thursday's play is washed out.

This is the first time a Test is being played in Bangladesh during the peak monsoon season. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have never hosted a Test in the months of June, July, August and September, the period when rainfall is forecast to be the most.

The forecast for next three days in Fatullah is not very promising either. There were 50 per cent chances of rain on day two and we didn't see a single ball being bowled by the time this story went to press.

The forecast for next three days is gloomy as well. There is a 42 per cent probability of moderate rainfall and showers on day three, 48 percent on day four and 87 percent chances of rain on the fifth and final day.

Monsoon has arrived in Bangladesh and the rain will only further strengthen its grip as the Test match proceeds. Good rainfall has been recorded in most parts of Bangladesh and more rain is in the offing.

This is only the second time the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah is hosting a Test but the cricket fans there won't be able to enjoy full five days of play. The last time this venue hosted a Test was in April 2006 against Australia.