Bangladesh End Day 3 at 322/6, Still Trail India by 365 Runs

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim scored 81* while Shakib Al Hasan fell for 82.

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Indian bowlers faced dogged resistance from the Bangladesh. (Photo: BCCI)

Indian bowlers faced dogged resistance from the Bangladesh middle-order led by captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who hit a defiant 81 to take his team to 322 for six at stumps on day three of the one-off Test in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's attacking 82 also contributed to Bangladesh's fightback. At close of play, Rahim was ably supported by Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who was batting solidly batting on 51.

However, the visitors still trail India by 365 runs after the hosts declared at 687 for six on Friday.

Umesh Yadav picked one wicket on Saturday. (Photo: BCCI)
Umesh Yadav picked one wicket on Saturday. (Photo: BCCI)

Umesh Yadav (2/72 in 18 overs) was India's best bowler but spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (1/77 in 24 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/60 in 29 overs) didn't look incisive despite being economical on a track that is still pretty good for batting. Ashwin was hit for 12 boundaries.

Ishant Sharma (1/54 in 16 overs) looked more effective with the old ball but he did inflict some pain to Mushfiqur with a snorter that had him in some pain.

19-year-old Miraz scored his maiden half-century, hitting 10 boundaries in 103 balls while skipper Mushfiqur hit 12 boundaries in 206 balls. The seventh-wicket partnership between Mushfiqur and Miraz yielded 87 runs in 32.5 overs.

Bangladesh still need 166 runs to avoid a follow-on and on a fresh morning, a few quick wickets can mean that Virat Kohli would like to ensure a follow-on. But with his bowlers already sending down 104 overs, he might just want to give them some rest and pile a few runs in the second innings.

Shakib scored 82 off only 103 balls. (Photo: BCCI)
Shakib scored 82 off only 103 balls. (Photo: BCCI)

Bangladesh did better in the post-lunch session as they added 121 runs for the loss of two wickets. But India, after getting Shakib and Shabbir Rahman in quick succession, were in complete control.

Shakib smashed his way to 82 off only 103 balls before his indiscretion landed the visitors in trouble. His failure to connect a lofted shot gave Ashwin (1/39 in 12 overs) the charge, with Umesh Yadav gleefully accepting the easiest of catches at mid-on.

Once Shakib was dismissed, the visitors quickly lost another wicket with Shabbir (16) being trapped leg before by Ravindra Jadeja (1/45 in 17 overs).

After resuming on 41/1, the touring side suffered a major blow in just the third over of the day when Tamim Iqbal was run out on his overnight score of 24. The left-handed opener was stranded near the middle of the pitch after a terrible mix-up with partner Mominul Haque (12) while attempting a suicidal second run.

After Umesh (2/33) bowled three overs from the pavilion end, Kohli cleverly switched him to the far end, from which he bowled another 6 overs at a stretch.

Yadav, who dismissed Soumya Sarkar on Friday, found enough reverse swing to trouble Bangladesh's batsmen before he pinned down Mominul in front of the stumps to dismiss him leg before for 12.

Bangladesh lost five wickets on Saturday. (Photo: BCCI)
Bangladesh lost five wickets on Saturday. (Photo: BCCI)

Mahmudullah Riyadh (28) and Shakib Al Hasan (29 batting) then added 45 runs and also got their share of boundaries.

Once Kohli decided to rest Umesh and Jadeja, he introduced Ishant (1/38) and Ashwin from either ends. Umesh continued to trouble Mahmudullah with his pace and movement but Sharma reaped the benefit by dismissing the batsman leg before for 28 in his first over of the day.

Ishant beat Mahmudullah's bat with an angled delivery and the batsman's attempt to overturn the decision on review also proved futile. India, however, lost their second DRS appeal when Ashwin got one to straighten enough, beating Shakib's bat, but it was ruled not out.

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