Rain brought an early end to the second day   s play in the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa    AFP
Rain brought an early end to the second day s play in the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa AFP

Hosts Bangladesh face off against African giants, South Africa on Day 3 of the first of the two-match Test series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Thursday. Rain brought an early end to the second day s play in the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Chittagong on Wednesday. Bangladesh, replying to South Africa s first innings total of 248, were 179 for 4 when rain stopped play for a second time moments after the game resumed at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the third session. Match officials called off play at 4:50pm local time (GMT 10:50) with 25 overs left in the day, reprts AFP. LIVE SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs South Africa, 1st Test at Chittagong, Day 3

Replying to South Africa s first innings total of 248, Tamim and fellow opener Imrul Kayes mixed aggression with caution to blunt the new ball, scoring 41 runs in the first hour. Occasional medium pacer Van Zyl dragged Imrul out of his crease for Quinton de Kock to complete a stumping, breaking a resolute 46-run opening stand. Imrul departed for 26 after leading the initial charge with three fours. Spinner Harmer later took out Mominul Haque s off stump after he had scored to leave Bangladesh struggling at 55for 2. Mahmudullah, who has so far faced 113 balls and hit seven fours, will resume the innings after the tea break with skipper and his brother-in-law Mushfiqur Rahim who is unbeaten on five, added AFP. LIVE UPDATES: Bangladesh vs South Africa 2015, 1st Test at Chittagong, Day 3

Brief scores:

South Africa 248 (Dean Elgar 47, Faf du Plessis 48, Temba Bavuma 54; Mustafizur Rahman 4 for 37, Jubair Hoassain 3 for 53) lead Bangladesh 179 for 4 (Tamim Iqbal 57, Mahmudullah 57; Stiaan van Zyl 1 for 13, Dean Elgar 1 for 6) by 69 runs.

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