Hyderabad: Mushfiqur Rahim (81 not out), Shakib Al Hasan (82) and Mehedi Hasan (51 not out) scored fighting half-centuries on day three of the one-off Test here on Saturday. However, a big first inning total of 687 meant that India continue to enjoy the upper hand against Bangladesh.
While Umesh Yadav and Co posed quite a few questions, it was Bangladesh’s resolve that delayed India’s plans to wrap up the visitors’ innings on day three.
Bangladesh, who resumed play at 41/1, were on the backfoot as they lost Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque in quick succession. While Tamim was done in by Umesh’s quick thinking in the field, Mominul was done in by Umesh’s brilliant bowling display. While Mahmudullah tried to hold fort in Shakib’s company, he could not survive long enough.
Bangladesh though were brought on track following two 100-plus run partnerships – first between Shakib and Mushfiqur and followed by Mehedi Hasan and Mushfiqur as Bangladesh ended day three at 322/6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.
Bangladesh 322/6 from 104 overs:
Stumps! Mushfiqur becomes the fourth Bangladeshi cricketer to score 3000 Test runs while Mehedi Hasan brings up his maiden Test fifty. The duo has put up a spirited effort to deny India a chance to run through the Bangladesh batting line-up.
Bangaldesh 303/6 from 99 overs:
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan are putting up a fight as India have to toil to grab Bangladesh's 7th wicket. The pair is moving closer to complete 75-run partnership. Can India scalp a wicket or two before stumps on day three?
Bangladesh 261/6 from 83 overs:
Fifty for Mushfiqur Rahim. Good knock under pressure but Bangladesh will need much more from their skipper to help the team avoid the follow-on.
Bangladesh 246/6 from 74 overs:
TEA! A decent session for both the sides, though India will definitely feel that they are on top at the moment. Most of Bangladesh's top order batsmen, including the dangerous looking Shakib Al Hasan (82) have been dismissed.
Bangladesh 239/6 from 72 overs:
WICKET! Jadeja traps Sabbir Rahman in front of the stumps, as the umpire immediately raises his finger. Sabbir thought about using the one review that Bangladesh have left, but decides against it. Video replays suggest that it was plumb.
Bangladesh 219/5 from 63 overs:
WICKET! R Ashwin has struck and Shakib is on his way back to the dressing room after he mishits one and Umesh Yadav takes a catch at the mid-on. Bangladesh still need 268 runs more to avoid follow-on.
Bangladesh 196/4 from 55 overs:
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim are looking to rebuild the Bangladesh innings with fifty-up Shakib scoring at the brisk pace.
Bangladesh 125/4 from 43 overs:
Lunch! Bangladesh are trailing India by 562 runs and face an uphill task as India dominate proceedings by scalping three wickets in the first session of third day's play.
Bangladesh 109/4 from 35 overs:
WICKET! Mahmudullah is out, LBW. Ishant Sharma gets his first wicket. Bangladesh are on the mat, India on a roll.
Bangladesh 94/3 from 31 overs:
WICKET! Umesh is all over Bangladesh. Bowling some absolute beauts as Shakib Al Hasan is facing the heat after a brilliant delivery trapped Mominul before wickets. India pressing on.
Bangladesh 52/2 from 20 overs:
WICKET! What's going on here! Third over of the day and Bangladesh have lost Tamim Iqbal as he gets run-out. Umesh throws at the bowlers and Bhuvneshwar does the rest. Not the start Bangladesh needed on day three.
Hyderabad: India will look to assert their dominance as Bangladesh, who are trailing by 646 runs, look to put up fight on day three of the one-off Test here on Saturday.
After India amassed 687 runs batting first, Bangladesh ended day two at 41 for 1. While Tamim Iqbal and others are capable of upping their game, the quality of Indian bowling attack may pose a lot of questions to Mushfiqur Rahim-led side at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.
Bangladesh had already lost the wicket of Soumya Sarkar after Wriddhiman Saha took a fine diving catch off Umesh Yadav's bowling.