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Bangladesh vs India 1st Test, 1st day: Shahadat And Shakib Leave India Struggling

By on January 17, 2010

India 213 for 8 (Tendulkar 76*, Sehwag 52, Shakib 4-52, Shahadat 4-51) v Bangladesh…

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and paceman Shahadat Hossain took four wickets each as Bangladesh left India struggling on 213-8 before bad light brought an early end to the opening day of the first test on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar stood firm as wickets fell at the other end to remain unbeaten on 76, giving India some hope of recovery.

Tendulkar, who gladly accepted an offer of bad light from the umpires 38 minutes before the scheduled close, will resume batting on the second day with Ishant Sharma (one).

Tendulkar, dropped by Imrul Kayes at slip off debutant pacer Shafiul Islam on 16, reached the mark of 13,000 test runs with a mid-wicket boundary off spinner Mahmudullah.

India were comfortably placed at 63-0 at lunch after Bangladesh had opted to bowl first. Dense fog delayed the start by 90 minutes.

Opener Virender Sehwag, leading India in the absence of injured skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was the first batsman to be dismissed in the second over of the post-lunch session.

Tamim Iqbal took a simple catch at short extra cover to end Sehwag’s brisk innings of 52 off 51 balls that included nine boundaries.

Gambhir followed Sehwag in the next over on 23, edging a catch to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim in a short-pitched, rising delivery off Shahadat.

Shahadat also bowled Rahul Dravid for four before Shakib had VVS Laxman stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim for seven.

Yuvraj Singh lofted a simple catch at mid-on to Rubel Hossain off Shakib to depart for 12 runs, while Shahadat returned for his third spell to present Dinesh Karthik with a third-ball duck.

Shahadat trapped Amit Mishra in front for 14 with a low full-toss ball and was unlucky not to complete his third five-wicket haul in test cricket when Shafiul dropped Zaheer Khan for six at point off his bowling.

Zaheer however failed to use his life and was dismissed for 11, giving Shakib his fourth wicket with Raqibul Hasan taking a catch at silly point.

Shahadat finished the day with 4-51 runs while Shakib claimed 4-52.

(Reporting by Azad Majumder; Editing by Clare Fallon; To comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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