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09:33 AM, August 03, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:20 AM, August 03, 2015

Bangladesh v South Africa, 2nd Test, Mirpur

2nd Test between Bangladesh and South Africa called off

After three consecutive washed-out days, match officials decided to call off the 2nd Test between Bangladesh and South Africa as the outfield was rendered unfit for play at Mirpur stadium.

Heavy rain, some monsoonal, some caused by cyclone Komen, washed out days two, three and four and the aftermath made play impossible on day five.

Despite the porous draining system, the outfield had taken too much rain. The umpires gauged it would take between four and five hours to dry before any action could begin, and it being the final day, decided that was impractical.

With both the Test matches rained out, the series is drawn 0-0.

South Africa, who are currently at the top of the Test rankings on 130 points, will lose five points, while Bangladesh, who sit at No.9, will gain six points.

After an engrossing day of cricket on the first day, Bangladesh were at 246 for 8 in 88.1 overs with Nasir Hossain unbeaten on 13 at the wicket.

Several Bangladeshi batsmen got out after good starts, while Mushfiqur Rahim became the first skipper for his side to score a fifty against South Africa in Test matches.

Dale Steyn became the 13th bowler to take 400 Test wickets but South Africa's part-time spinners enjoyed most of the success with JP Duminy taking three good wickets on the opening day of this Test.

Bangladesh will now enjoy some time off while South Africa return home for a limited-overs series against New Zealand before a high-profile tour of India and a home series against England.

Bangladesh Team

Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain, Wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Liton Das, Mohammad Shahid, Mustafizur Rahman and Jubair Hossain

South Africa Team

D Elgar, S van Zyl, F du Plessis, HM Amla (Captain), T Bavuma, JP Duminy, DJ Vilas (Wicketkeeper), VD Philander, DW Steyn, SR Harmer, M Morkel

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