Bangladesh score 103 for 3 after Day-4
Sports Correspondent:Tigers ended the fourth day at 103 for 3 in 35 overs after an action-packed last session in the Test match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad today.
Shakib Al Hasan was batting on 21 from 42 and Mahmudullah Riyad on 9 when the umpires decided to call off play for the fourth day.
Indian alround spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets for 34 runs in 16 overs. Ravindra Jadeja captured one wicket during Bangladesh’s second innings.
Earlier, Bangladesh were dealt a body blow late on day four when Mominul Haque departed soon after Soumya Sarkar to leave their team at 75 for 3 in 24.1 overs.
India declared their second innings at 159 for 4 after 29 overs and gave Bangladesh a target of 459 runs at tea.
Shakib struck in the 17th over, as the India captain went too close to the pitch of the ball and bottom-handed his shot to Mahmudullah Riyad at mid-wicket.
Bangladesh tasted success in the fourth over of India’s second innings when Taskin sent back Murali Vijay for seven. The India opener tried to cut a short, wide ball and ended up top-edging to Mushfiqur.
Earlier, India were ahead by 300 runs in their second innings when the players left the field for lunch on the fourth day.
A valiant effort from the Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim enabled his team to reach 388 in their first innings in response to India’s 687.
Bangladesh trailed India by 299 runs when Mushfiqur was the last man to be dismissed for his side. Mushfiqur tried to sweep a ball from Ravichandran Ashwin, and the carom ball down the leg side was gloved by the batsman to keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
End of a terrific innings from Mushy that carried Bangladesh to a decent total against a strong attack.
Bangladesh lost their ninth wicket when Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Taskin Ahmed for 8 to leave the tourists at 378 for 9 in 124.3 overs . Taskin played for some turn and the lack of it deceived him in the end. The outside edge was safely taken by Ajinkya Rahane at first slip.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim led from the front with a fighting hundred as his team battled on during the first session of day-4 of the Test match.
At the end of the 119th over, Bangladesh were 356 for 8 with Mushfiqur batting on 103 from 243 balls. Mushfiqur’s fifth ton of his career came at a crucial time when the chips were down for Bangladesh. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman struck 13 fours and a massive six along the way to his hundred.
Earlier, Bangladesh lost their eighth wicket when Taijul Islam, after softened up with some lethal short-pitched deliveries gloved a bouncer to the keeper to leave the field at 339 for 8 in 113.5 overs.
Indian pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav used the short ball to good effect and made life extremely uncomfortable for the Bangladesh batsmen. Taijul, who was struck in the arm in the 113th over by Ishant, got his glove in front of his helmet to protect himself, and was dismissed after lasting 9.1 overs with his captain Mushfiqur Rahim.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got one to swing back in from a fullish length and Mehedi’s footwork was too limited to deal with the movement and the huge gap between bat and pad was exploited by the Indian bowler leg stump knocked back!
Bangladesh(XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain, Wicketkeeper), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi
India(XI): M Vijay, KL Rahul, CA Pujara, V Kohli (Captain), AM Rahane, WP Saha (Wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, RA Jadeja, B Kumar, UT Yadav and I Sharma