Six Wickets Down, Bangladesh Still Trail India by 441 Runs at Tea

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked one wicket each in the second session of Day 3.

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Shakib Al Hasan struck a fluent 82 but fell to Ravichandran Ashwin before Bangladesh reached 246 for six at tea on the third day of the one-off Test against India in Hyderabad.

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.

At the break, captain Mushfiqur was unbeaten on 47 with Mehedi Hasan not out on four at the other end with Bangladesh still needing 242 runs to make India bat again.

(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)

Bangladesh's most experienced pair of Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim (47*) combined for a 107-run fifth-wicket stand but the visitors face a steep task if they are to avoid the follow-on in response to India's mammoth first innings total of 687-6 declared.

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).

(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)

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.

(Photo: BCCI)
(Photo: BCCI)

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

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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