Rain at Oval puts paid to 185 overs

2011-04-16 00:00

JUST 23 overs were bowled on day three of the second four-day international between South Africa A and Bangladesh A at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

Resuming on their overnight 233 for two, SA were on 320 for three after 85 overs at the close of play yesterday, with Dean Elgar not out on 169 and Stiaan van Zyl on 17.

The only wicket to fall was that of Farhaan Behardien for 91 (nine fours) when he was caught in two minds and edged to the wicketkeeper. The Titans batsman deserved a hundred, despite being dropped at one point.

Elgar, the impressive left-hander, was also given a life, and his lofted straight drives were again very much in evidence in an innings that has produced 20 fours and two sixes to date.

The 10-minute deluge at the beginning of the aborted third session on Wednesday has ruined this match, as the edge of the square had recovered from its muddy state only by 2 pm yesterday night, 48 hours later.

Weather permitting, SA are likely to get in some more batting practice today, knowing the match is stone dead.

A massive 185 out of a possible 270 overs have already been lost — that’s not even a full day’s play in three days.

SA are leading the two-match series 1-0.

SCORES IN BRIEF

South Africa A first innings 320/3 after 85 overs (D Elgar 169*, F Behardien 91).

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