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Bangladesh-South Africa rained out, test ends in draw

July 25, 2015

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh clinched its first ever test draw against South Africa on Saturday after rain washed out the final two days of the first test.

South Africa was 61-0 in its second innings on Thursday, trailing by 17 runs at the end of day three, but no further play was possible.

It was the first draw between the two countries, after South Africa won all the previous eight tests — seven by an innings margin.

The second test is on Thursday in Dhaka.

Both teams claimed they had the advantage, if play had been possible.

“Going into the fourth day I think we probably had a slight advantage, certainly with Bangladesh having to bat on the last day,” South Africa captain Hashim Amla said.

“Had we even scored maybe even 250, it would have been a challenge for Bangladesh to go for it on the last day.”

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said spin could have given them an advantage with the pitch deteriorating.

“They were trailing by 17 runs. They have to score runs at quick pace and, in doing so, they would be in danger to lose some quick wickets,” he said. “We’ve got four genuine spinners in our team. So we could have been in a dominating position.”

He said the draw was a “psychological” boost for his team.

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