Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day October 27, 2008

The rain does not go away

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh v New Zealand Day three washed out
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The second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand did not start on the third day as well after relentless rain ensured a hat-trick of wash outs.

Although there was no rain when play was scheduled to begin at 9.00am, the start was delayed because of water on the covers and a soggy outfield. There was going to be an inspection at 11.00am but it started to drizzle before then. The covers were finally removed but the umpires, after inspecting the ground, felt that it would take too long to dry it out and decided to abandon play for the day.

The weather forecast for Tuesday is more promising with sunny intervals predicted but too much time has been lost for the possibility of a result. The Mirpur game will decide the two-Test series after New Zealand won the first match in Chittagong by chasing 317. They were given a scare when Bangladesh bowled them out for 171 in the first innings, with Shakib Al Hasan taking career-best figures of 7 for 36. But Daniel Vettori scored half-centuries in both innings and picked up nine wickets to guide his team to a three-wicket win. New Zealand won the preceding ODI series 2-1.

New Zealand: (likely) 1 Aaron Redmond, 2 Jamie How, 3 Jesse Ryder, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (wk), 6 Daniel Flynn, 7 Grant Elliott, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Iain O'Brien, 11 Jeetan Patel.

Bangladesh: (likely) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Junaid Siddique, 3 Rajin Saleh, 4 Mohammad Ashraful (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Mehrab Hossain jnr, 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 9 Mashrafe Moratza, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Shahadat Hossain.