Tendulkar stands alone amidst ruins

Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 18:34 [IST]
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Tendulkar stands alone amidst ruins

Chittagog: Shakib al Hasan and Shahadat Hossain took 4 wickets each as India ended the first day at 213/8, with Tendulkar batting on 76, having crossed 13,000 Test runs.

At stumps, the visitors were precariously placed at 213 for eight, with Sachin Tendulkar, unbeaten on 76, waging a lone battle.

Keeping him company was Ishant Sharma, on one.

Having won the toss and put the visitors into bat, the hosts struggled a bit at the start but dominated proceedings from the second session, consigning their guests deep in the doldrums.

If the Bangladesh bowlers stuck to their tasks by bowling a tight line, they were also helped in their cause by some reckless Indian batting -- complacency being one of the reasons behind the listless effort.

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India, having made a good start (63 without loss at lunch), lost the plot post-lunch. The second session of the day fetched India only 97 runs while ensuring six vital wickets for Bangladesh.

Virender Sehwag, India's stand-in captain, had on the eve of the match said Bangladesh is an ordinary Test side, did not didn't have the ability to take 20 wickets and his team will not have much of problem playing them.

At close of play on day one he was left eating his words, as the hosts made a mockery of the famed Indian batting line-up and their reputation as the world's No 1 Test team.

And leading the hosts' charge was their skipper Shakib Al Hasan, along with Shahadat Hossain, both snapping four wickets apiece to tighten the noose around the opposition.

However, amidst the Indian batting ruins stood tall a man named Tendulkar.

His 55th half-century in Tests not only held the innings together for India but also enabled him (when on 30) surpass 13,000 Test runs.

The Master Blaster's resilient knock was laced with six hits to the fence and a huge one over it -- a shot that saw India surpass the 200-run mark.

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