Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Bulawayo, 4th day February 29, 2004

The deluge returns at Bulawayo

The Wisden Bulletin by Wisden Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh 88 for 5 (Hossain 31, Ervine 2-26) v Zimbabwe

Douglas Hondo celebrates the wicket of Rajin Saleh

After two washouts on the opening days, and 37.1 overs on the third, the deluge returned to Bulawayo to wipe out the fourth day's play at the Queens Sports Club. Bangladesh, however, will not be complaining, after slumping to 88 for 5 in what little time has been available.

Bangladesh had started brightly enough on Saturday, with Hannan Sarkar and Shahriar Hossain adding 64 for the first wicket. But then five wickets tumbled for 23 runs, including the captain, Habibul Bashar, who at least scored his first four runs in his new role, after collecting a pair at Harare last week.

With one day remaining, there is no doubt that this match will finish as a draw - only the second time in 28 matches that Bangladesh will have avoided defeat. As was the case against Zimbabwe at Dhaka in November 2001, rain will have had the major say.

Zimbabwe 1 Dion Ebrahim, 2 Trevor Gripper, 3 Stuart Carlisle 4 Grant Flower, 5 Sean Ervine, 6 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 7 Travis Friend, 8 Heath Streak (capt), 9 Raymond Price, 10 Douglas Hondo, 11 Blessing Mahwire.

Bangladesh 1 Hannan Sarker, 2 Shahriar Hossain, 3 Habibul Bashar (capt), 4 Rajin Saleh, 5 Mohammad Ashraful, 6 Mushfiqur Rahman, 7 Manjarul Islam Rana, 8 Khaled Mashud (wk), 9 Mohammad Rafique, 10 Tapash Baisya, 11 Alamgir Kabir.