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Indian pacemen rattle Bangladesh

Published: Monday, January 18, 2010, 17:20 [IST]
 
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Indian pacemen rattle Bangladesh

Chittagog: Indian pacemen Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma did the early damage to put Bangladesh under pressure on Day 2 of the opening Test in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh were well placed at 53 for no loss before slipping to 59-3 at stumps on the second day in reply to India's first-innings total of 243, with Zaheer taking two wickets in successive overs and Sharma taking one.

Raqibul Hasan was unbeaten on one and Mohammad Ashraful had yet to open his account when play was called off due to bad light. Only 24.5 overs were bowled because of poor weather on Monday.

Sachin Tendulkar earlier scored a superb 105 not out under pressure for his 44th Test century to boost India's total. He cracked two sixes and 11 fours in his 166-ball knock.

Score card

However, despite Tendulkar's century, India posted their lowest-ever total against Bangladesh. Their previous lowest in a completed innings was 429 in Dhaka in 2000.

India, reeling at 213-8 on Day 1, lost their remaining two wickets in less than eight overs in the morning, with left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and paceman Shahadat Hossain finishing with five wickets apiece.

Shakib grabbed 5-62 for his sixth haul of five or more wickets in Tests and Shahadat took 5-71 for his third.

Tendulkar, who had only tail-enders Sharma and Sreesanth for company, went for shots early in the morning in pursuit of runs.

Resuming on his overnight score of 76, he pulled Shahadat for a four in the first over after play started 90 minutes late due to fog, and then hoisted Shakib over long-on for a six.

Tendulkar was on 93 when last-man Sreesanth joined him and completed his century with two successive fours off Shahadat. Bangladesh then got off to a sound start, with left-handed openers Tamim Iqbal (31) and Imrul Kayes (23) playing some attractive shots against the Indian strike bowlers.

Iqbal was initially more aggressive, scoring 21 in the opening four overs before his partner opened his account.

Kayes outscored Iqbal after lunch, hitting left-arm seamer Zaheer for two boundaries in an over and then driving Shanthakumaran Sreesanth for a four.

Zaheer broke the partnership when he removed Kayes, who was trapped leg-before while playing across the line. He then bowled Iqbal in his next over with a delivery that kept low.

Sharma's lone victim was Shahriar Nafees, who was caught by Venkatsai Laxman at second slip after contributing only four.

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