Rain could play spoilsport in first SL Test

Rain is forecast, which might disrupt proceedings at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on May 15 when Bangladesh face Sri Lanka in the first of two Test series.

While Asani, the strong cyclone forming in the Bay of Bengal, has diminished to a cyclonic storm this morning, rain is still possible. The first Test will take place on May 15 and will go until May 19, with rain expected, according to the Met Office.

“There is a probability of rain on the 15th, although the extent will be limited.” While there may be rain on the 14th and 15th, it is possible that it may intensify on the 16th. Heavy rain is expected mostly in the northern portions of the nation, however it is expected to be rather light in Chattogram. Rain is unlikely on the 17th and 18th, although it may fall on the 19th. The Bangladesh Meteorological Department warned The Daily Star today that there is a likelihood of intermittent showers.

When asked if the rain will last for several hours, authorities said, “At this time, the showers might be for a short period of time but could be extremely heavy.”

The Baishakh weather has experienced sporadic rain around the country, making forecasting difficult at this moment.

The practice match between Sri Lanka and BCB XI at BKSP was postponed owing to rain after the first day was washed out after only 8.3 overs. The match finished in a tie today because the visitors might have played another 9.5 overs before the game was called off due to rain.

The Lankans reached 50 for one before being forced to flee for cover as it began to rain. Sri Lanka, who had hoped to get some batting practice in, will have been upset not to be able to bat for a longer amount of time in their lone warm-up game.

The Bangladesh selectors were also debating the weather while watching the game yesterday. Rain was expected to disrupt at least one day of play, according to selector Habibul Bashar. The Chattogram surface is predicted to be batting friendly, which might result in a tie if both sides bat well. However, with rain in the forecast, the conditions on a level field might very well be a problem.

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