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Bangladesh vs India 1st Test, 3rd day: India Claw Back Into The Game

By on January 19, 2010

India 243 and 122 for 1 (Gambhir 47*, Sehwag 45) lead Bangladesh 242 (Mahmudullah 69, Mushfiqur 44, Zaheer 3-65) by 123 runs…

India finished the third day’s proceedings at 122/1 after they wrapped up Bangladesh’s innings for 242. India lead by 123 runs at Chittagong.

India just lost Virender Sehwag’s wicket to Shakib Al Hasan. Raquibul Hasan made no mistake with the catch to send Sehwag packing five runs short of his half-century.

Bangladesh were bundled up at 242, trailing India by one run.

Amit Mishra accounted for the last man in Shafiul Islam, Yuvraj taking the catch at point.

Sreesanth claimed the penultimate wicket in Mahmudullah as Karthik made no mistake in taking the catch behind the stumps.

Mishra accounted for Mushfiqur Rahim and Shahadat Hossain just moments before tea.

Yuvraj Singh took an easy catch at point off Mishra to dismiss Hossain. Rahim was caught at midwicket by Sehwag.

India’s seam bowlers had pegged Bangladesh back with three quick strikes on day three of the first Test in Chittagong.

Ishant Sharma sent back former captain Mohammad Ashraful, Zaheer Khan removed captain Shakib Al Hasan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth dismissed Raqibul Hasan as Bangladesh continued to wilt.

Mushfiqur Rahim (eight not out) and Mahmudullah (14 not out) were left fighting a rearguard battle as Bangladesh reached 118 for six at the lunch interval, 125 runs behind India’s total of 243.

Fog and bad light had again delayed the start by an hour, but India’s bowlers quickly regained the initiative which they had taken just before play was halted after the lunch interval yesterday.

Overnight batsman Ashraful was off the mark with an edged-boundary which VVS Laxman failed to grasp at third slip, but his scratchy stint at the crease was brief.

Ishant squared up the former captain with a delivery that pitched on off stump and flicked the edge, which Rahul Dravid neatly held at second slip.

Shakib, off the mark with a crisply driven boundary, had struck four boundaries in his 17 when he perished, attempting one boundary too many.

The left-hand batsman slashed at a delivery from Zaheer, but only managed to find Virender Sehwag at gully, the stand-in-captain completing the dismissal with a good catch.

Sreesanth then snared Raqibul with a rising delivery which pitched just outside off, the batsman obliging with the edge.

The teams:

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Raquibul Hassan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (W), Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam

India: Virender Sehwag (C), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik (W), Amit Mishra, Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma

Source: ESPN Star

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