India in command
Gautam Gambhir closed in on a rapid half-century as India raced to
122-1 in their second innings at stumps on the third day of the opening
Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday. The opener (47 not out) added 90 for
the opening wicket with stand-in captain Virender Sehwag (45) after
India had narrowly avoided conceding the lead to Bangladesh for the
first time in six Tests.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 242 in their first innings shortly
after tea in reply to India’s 243.
India got off to a strong start, with left-handed Gambhir and Sehwag
dominating the Bangladeshi attack with attractive shots during their
17-over partnership. Sehwag fell just three balls after hitting a
straight six off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan, caught by Raqibul
Hasan at square-leg while attempting another big shot.
Nightwatchman Amit Mishra was unbeaten with a 21-ball 24 when play
was called off due to bad light.
Bangladesh’s Mohammad Mahmudullah earlier hit an impressive 69 for
his maiden half-century. He put on 108 for the seventh wicket with
Mushfiqur Rahim (44) to raise his team’s hopes of gaining the lead.
The hosts were tottering at 98-6 before being revived by Mahmudullah
and Rahim, but three late wickets by Indian leg-spinner Mishra saw them
concede the lead.
Bangladesh failed to cope with India’s pace in the morning, when they
lost three wickets in the space of 30 runs, but Mahmudullah and Rahim
denied the visitors success for more than two hours with their sensible
The duo applied themselves remarkably well, patiently waiting for
loose deliveries. Mahmudullah played some handsome shots in his 108-ball
knock before being caught behind off paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.