Tendulkar, Dravid tons help India to 459
Sachin Tendulkar cracked his 45th Test century and Rahul Dravid his
29th hundred as India tightened the screws on Bangladesh in the second
and final Test on Monday.
Tendulkar made 143 and Dravid 111 before retiring hurt to help India
post a massive 459-5 in their first innings at stumps on the second day
in reply to Bangladesh’s modest total of 233.
The visitors were 226 runs ahead with five wickets in hand.
Dravid was struck on the helmet while avoiding a bouncer from paceman
Shahadat Hossain, bowling with the second new ball. He hit 12 fours in
his 188-ball knock.
India’s batting might was on view throughout the day as they scored
390 after resuming at 69 for no loss, with all of their top-order
batsmen making sizeable contributions.
Gautam Gambhir (68) and Virender Sehwag (56) put on 103 for the
opening wicket before Tendulkar and Dravid consolidated their team’s
position with a 222-run stand for the third wicket.
Gambhir also equalled West Indian Viv Richards’s world record of
scoring a half-century in 11 successive Tests.
“I don’t believe in counting (centuries). I believe in playing and
scoring,” said Tendulkar. “Runs don’t come easy. I am of the opinion
that no attack can be underestimated. I always apply myself whatever the
opposition. I think we have been able to get into a very good position.”
Tendulkar, who scored a century in the last Test, was caught by Imrul
Kayes at mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan. His 182-ball
knock included one six and 13 fours.
Shakib took his second wicket when he had Murali Vijay (30) caught by
Mohammad Mahmudullah at mid-on, but India had already gained a big lead
at that stage.
It was a disappointing day for Bangladesh, who not only struggled to
take wickets but also failed to make the most of the chances that came
their way. “Missing catches is part of the game. It was tough for the
bowlers as the wicket favoured batsmen, but our pacers bowled well,”
said Shahadat. “It was our plan to test them with bouncers. The wicket
did not have much turn and that’s why our spinners like Shakib did not
get more wickets. The wicket has become uneven.” Tendulkar was let off
on 27 by Raqibul Hasan at gully off seamer Rubel Hossain before reaching
his half-century with a firmly driven four off Shahadat. He offered a
difficult chance immediately after completing his half-century when he
tried to upper-cut Shahadat, but Raqibul failed to latch on to the ball
Dravid was on 28 when he edged a short-pitched delivery from Rubel
into the slips, where Junaid Siddique took a superb catch, but it was
ruled a no-ball.
Bangladesh removed both the openers in the first session with
short-pitched deliveries but had to wait for more than a session for the
next success as Tendulkar and Dravid batted with determination.
1st innings 233
(M. Mahmudullah 96 not out; I. Sharma 4-66)
INDIA 1st innings
G. Gambhir c Rahim b Shafiul 68
V. Sehwag c Rahim b Shahadat 56
R. Dravid retd hurt 111
S. Tendulkar c Kayes b Shakib 143
M. Vijay c Mahmudullah b Shakib 30
MS Dhoni not out 22
Harbhajan Singh c Rahim b Shafiul 13
Extras (b1, lb5, nb9, w1) 16
TOTAL (for five wickets) 459
Fall of wickets: 1-103 (Sehwag), 2-146 (Gambhir), 3-421 (Tendulkar), 4-436 (Vijay), 5-459 (Harbhajan).
Bowling: Shafiul 17.5-1-70-2 (w1), Shahadat 19-2-71-1 (nb2), Rubel 23-0-106-0 (nb7), Shakib 27-0-108-2,
Ashraful 4-0-26-0, Mahmudullah 11-0-63-0, Siddique 1-0-9-0.