The South Africa tour of Bangladesh seems to have taken place during the wrong time of the year with the Rain Gods playing spoilsport. The ODI series may not have been hugely affected by rain, but the ongoing Test series between the two teams has been severely hit.
The first Test was marred by rain, hence the game finished in a draw and the second Test match of the series at the Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka seems to be following on the same lines with the second day of the Test washed out due to rain.
The home crowd in Dhaka had to suffer the fate of play being called off without a single ball being bowled on the second day, but the fans must have been aware of the wet weather, since showers have been forecast throughout the five days of the Test match.
The highlight of the first day of the Test match remained Dale Steyn's historical landmark of 400 Test wickets as the South African managed to dismiss Tamim Iqbal in the fifth over of the Test. The Proteas bowler put up a good display with the ball as he managed to take three wickets on Day 1.
Bangladesh finished Day 1 on 246 for the loss of eight wickets, after Mushfiqur Rehman top scored for the home team with 65 runs. But, one of the worrying factors for Bangladesh has been their batsmen's lack of conversion rate, as they have failed to convert starts into bigger scorers.
It is such matters, which differentiate a champion side and an average side. The players need to jump on the opportunity to score big after having done away with the difficult part, in their initial part of the innings.
Players such as Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan were all dismissed in their mid 30s. For South Africa, JP Duminy with his finger spinners, managed to take three wickets.
But one wonders what is going to happen on the third day of the Test match. With plenty of rain around on Friday and the pitch under the covers, if play resumes on the third day, expect the wicket to aid the seamers a little.
Where to Watch Live
One hopes the third day of the Test match is not washed away and starts as per normal schedule, which is 9:30am local time (9am IST, 4:30am BST, 11:30pm ET) with live TV coverage in India on Star Sports 4/HD and live streaming on Starsports.com.
South African viewers can watch the action live on Super Sport and Bangladesh viewers can tune on to BTV and Gazi Tv.
Willow TV will offer live coverage of the second Test with online option on Willow Tv Online.