Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan lead Bangladesh’s resistance
Bangladesh batsmen showed resilience as they reached 322/6, trailing India by 365 runs, at stumps on Day 3
A frustrating end to a promising day for Virat Kohli and team. It was Bangladesh’s resolve that delayed India’s plans to wrap up the visitors’ innings on day three. They were on top of the opposition in the first session and pushed them in a deep hole by picking up three wickets before lunch.
Bangladesh, who resumed play at 41/1, were on the backfoot as they lost Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque in quick succession. While Tamim was done in by Umesh’s quick thinking in the field, Mominul was done in by Umesh’s brilliant bowling display.
Mushfiqur Rahim (81 not out), Shakib Al Hasan (82) and Mehedi Hasan (51 not out) scored fighting half-centuries on day three of the one-off Test here on Saturday. While Shakib took on the bowlers and went for his strokes, Rahim and Mehedi Hasan very calculative with their approach.
This is only the third-time Bangladesh have scored more than 300 runs against India in their 9 Tests. They will take a lot of heart from that performance and may comeback with lot more confidence tomorrow morning.
Shakib and Mushfiqur have added 599 runs between them in 2016–17. This is the most runs scored by any Bangladeshi pair in a season. Mushfiqur became the fourth Bangladeshi cricketer to score 3000 Test runs while Mehedi Hasan brings up his maiden Test fifty. The duo has put up a spirited effort to deny India a chance to run through the Bangladesh batting line-up.
Leading by 365 runs, Virat Kohli-led India are still in a driver’s seat as Bangladesh need to avoid follow-on.
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