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Day 3: Rain, Shakib halt India’s push for quick runs

Murali Vijay


India 1st innings: (Overnight 239/0)

Murali Vijay                          not out  144
Shikhar Dhawan         c & b Shakib Al Hasan 173
Rohit Sharma             b Shakib Al Hasan  06
Virat Kohli             b Jubair Hossain  14
Ajinkya Rahane              not out 56
Wriddhiman Saha
b Jubair Hossain
R Ashwin
not out
Harbhajan Singh
not out 07

Extras (B-4, LB-1, NB-1) 6

Total (For 6 wickets in 103.3 overs) 462

Fall of wickets: 1-283, 2-291, 3-310, 4-424, 5-445, 6-453.

Bowling: Mohammad Shahid 22-2-88-0, Soumya Sarkar 3-0-11-0, Shuvagata Hom    14-0-52-0, Shakib Al Hasan 24.3-1-105-4, Taijul Islam 20-0-85-0, Jubair Hossain 19-1-113-2, Imrul Kayes 1-0-3-0.

Fatullah: Shakib Al Hasan and rain continued to play spoilsport in India’s drive to get quick runs as the visitors reached 462 for six against Bangladesh when weather forced an early tea on Day 3 of the one-off cricket Test here today.

Starting the session after a one-and-a-half-hour delay due to rain during lunch time, India lost Murali Vijay (150) as Shakib (4-105), who had already taken two wickets in the first session, got the opener lbw to break a 114-run fourth-wicket partnership.

Touching the 150-run mark, Vijay missed a sweep shot that hit him on the back pad and even though the point of impact looked outside the off stump, umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised the dreaded finger.

Leg-spinner Jubair Hossian (2-113) also joined forces to clean up Wriddhiman Saha (6) with a well-disguised googly, which the wicketkeeper batsman was unable to read while going for an expansive drive.

Shakib continued his wicket-taking run as his arm ball denied Ajinkya Rahane (98) his fourth Test century.

With a clear intent to push the scoring rate, Rahane went for an aggressive pull shot but the ball crashed on to the off stump.

Ravichandran Ashwin (2 not out) and Harbhajan Singh 7 not out) then tried to stitch up a partnership but rain came pouring down once again and the players rushed back to the pavilion.

Earlier, starting on 239 for no loss after the second day’s play was lost due to rain, India moved on cautiously with Vijay reaching his sixth Test ton in the eighth over of the day but the Shakib-led spin attack had other ideas.

With play starting half-an-hour early to cover up for lost time, Shakib struck with his left-arm spin to send Shikhar Dhawan (173) back to the pavilion in the 68th over of the innings.

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