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12-Feb-2017 10:49:00 GMT
India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, day 4

India seven wickets away from win against Bangladesh

Hyderabad: India set Bangladesh a target of 459, in reply to which the visitors are 103/3 at stumps on day 4 at Hyderabad on Sunday.

Ashwin might have got just the two wickets in the first innings, but he was well and truly in rhythm bowling with the new ball and picked up Tamim Iqbal wicket, bat-padding one that didn't turn as much as expected.

Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque kept India at bay for 16.4 overs, with India bowling seam at one end and spin at the other, but the introduction of Ravindra Jadeja brought a new challenge. Jadeja began targeting and claim Sarkar wicket. This time the ball went straight on as opposed to turning, and Ajinkya Rahane took a sharp one-handed catch low to his right at slip.

In the next over Ashwin made it a double strike, moving over the wicket to Mominul and drawing a regulation edge. There was dip and there was a piece of pitch that came off when the ball pitched on leg stump. There wasn't much Mominul could do there. Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah then went through nervous 10.5 overs to give Bangladesh a half chance of saving the Test.

Mahmudullah playing on 9 and Shakib on 21.

Earlier, India set Bangladesh a 459-run target at tea on the fourth day of the one-off Test after declaring their second innings at 159/4.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s half-century (54*) and his partnerships with Virat Kohli (38), Ajinkya Rahane (28) and Ravindra Jadeja (16*) helped India make 158 runs in the session to gain the upper hand.

India’s bowlers have four sessions and 125 overs to have a crack at the Bangladesh‘s batsmen.

Resuming post lunch, India lost the openers cheaply. Both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul were snapped up by Taskin Ahmed, with Vijay trying to slash hard and Rahul trying to cut. Reduced to 23/2, Kohli joined Pujara and immediately got busy, running hard between the wickets.

Pujara was the enforcer early on, slamming boundaries off Taskin Ahmed before Kohli joined him. The Indian captain tried a hook with the top edge flying to the third man and then dabbed one to the fence off Taijul Islam. Pujara showed urgency, smashing one straight down and then guiding one to third man. The shot of the innings was a hook from Pujara that went for a six over long leg even as Bangladesh had tried to trap him there.

The first hour produced 77 runs in 13 overs at 5.92 and that was enough to put Bangladesh under pressure.

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim brought up his fifth century to take Bangladesh to 388 in their first innings.

Mushfiqur, who had made a 159 against New Zealand in Wellington recently, staved off a barrage of short deliveries even as wickets kept falling at the other end to finish with 127  off 262 balls. He was the last man dismissed, caught behind as he tried to sweep, becoming R Ashwin’s 250th wicket.

Ashwin became the fastest bowler in Test history to take 250 wickets as he achieved the feat in his 45th Test, beating the previous mark of 48 set by Dennis Lillee.

Brief scores
India -
687 for 6 dec (Kohli 204, Vijay 108, Saha 106*, Islam 3-156) and 159 for 4 dec (Pujara 54*)
Bangladesh - 388 (Mushfiqur 127, Shakib 82, Mehedi 51, Umesh 3-84) and 103 for 3 (Sarkar 42)
Statuss - Bangladesh needs 356 runs to win

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