India tour of Bangladesh, 2007 / Commentary

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Hi there ... welcome to the first Test between Bangladesh and India. I am Sriram Veera and will be your commentator for the day.

Toss India choose to bat. The big news is VVS Laxman has been dropped. Dhoni will play in his place. Karthik will open up with Wasim Jaffer. Yuvraj Singh and Rajesh Powar will also miss out. India are playing five bowlers.

Dravid: "It looks a very good wicket, it might take on some slow turn later on. RP Singh and VRV Singh are playing, Munaf Patel is unfortunately injured."

Bashar: "It looks like a good batting track. But if you bowl in the right line and length, we can come to the party. Mortaza is back."

Pitch Batsman's paradise is the verdict of the experts. The pitch looks pretty dry and hard. There might be some spin on the last two days. It's slightly overcast conditions and there is some possibility of some scatttered showers later on.

The first ODI was close, India were in jail before they got away due to some responsible batting from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik, while the second game became a cake walk for the visitors.

Bangladesh have certainly come of age in the recent times. Mashrafe Mortaza put it beautifully when he talked recently about the change in the other teams' attitude towards Bangladesh. "They used to ignore us earlier. They would think, 'Bangladesh is coming; we will win easily.' Nowadays, they cannot afford to do this," he says. "It used to hurt a lot.it was nice to see India celebrate so much after beating us." In fact ... please click here to read a very nice interview of Mortaza by Sidharth Monga.

Right ... the players are out there. Let's play!

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, OUT, Would you believe it? Mashrafe Mortaza cleans up Wasim Jaffer! First-ball duck! The off stump has gone for a jog. Super start from Bangladesh. It landed on a perfect length, outside the off stump and cut back in. Jaffer had planted his left foot across and shouldered his arms and looked in shock as the ball jagged back in and crashed into the off stump. Mortaza went on a celebratory run, the crowd cleared their throats and what a fab start for Bangladesh. Rahul Dravid walks in early. Yet again.

W Jaffer b Mashrafe Mortaza 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Three slips in place

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, Mortaza gets this one to go on straight after landing on a length, around off stump. Dravid leans across to defend. Bat away from the body.

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, Teasing line: slightly outside off stump and again he makes it hold its line and Dravid plants his left foot across, covers the off stump and lets it go past him.

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, Lands outside off stump, comes back in a touch, Dravid leans forward, behind the line and defends with the full face of the bat

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, Not much bounce on offer. Mortaza dug this one well short, it rose below chest-high, outside off stump and Dravid swayed away from the line.

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 no ball, comes in from outside off stump, full in length, Dravid leans across, head over the ball, and pushes it out to the off side

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, fuller, outside off stump, Dravid eases it to left of cover where Ashraful makes a diving stop.

End of over 1 (1 run) India 1/1
R Dravid    0* (6b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-1-1
KD Karthik    0* (0b)     

Three slips in place

1.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, pitches on a length, outside off stump and cuts away a touch. Dinesh eases forward, close to the line and is slightly surprised by the away movement, moves his hands to cover for the line and pushes it to cover point

1.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, probing line outside off stump and again it moves away. Karthik shapes up to play but sees the movement and lets it go past him

1.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Short in length, outside off stump and Karthik is not interested in fishing.

1.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, And again. Well outside the off stump.

1.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Yet again. Full, swinging but well outside off stump. He has got to get it closer to the off stump. He did for the first two deliveries, put Karthik in trouble but has gone wayward after that.

1.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Yet again. Full, swinging but well outside off stump. He has got to get it closer to the off stump. He did for the first two deliveries, put Karthik in trouble but has gone wayward after that.

1.6

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, goes for a short one. Bumper and Karthik sways away from the line

End of over 2 (maiden) India 1/1
KD Karthik    0* (6b)      Shahadat Hossain    1-1-0-0
R Dravid    0* (6b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-1-1

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, bit of angle on it. Dravid stands tall on the backfoot and defends it down on the leg side, fielders are deep and they scamper through for a single

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, length delivery outside the off stump, Karthik gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, half a bouncer. Came back in a touch after hitting the deck, Kartik sways away from the line and leaves it through to the keeper. Had to go really low to avoid the ball

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, FOUR, edged and through gully - good length delivery outside the off stump, Karthik is sucked forward into the defensive prod and is beaten by the late movement. Ball clips the outside half of the bat and runs down to the third man fence

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, defended outside the off stump

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, good length delivery, in the channel outside the off stump and Karthik leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 6/1
KD Karthik    4* (11b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-6-1
R Dravid    1* (7b)      Shahadat Hossain    1-1-0-0

Hossain to continue

3.1

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, FOUR, take that! full and in the slot outside the off stump, all Dravid had to do if anything was to lean forward to the pitch of the delivery - classic cover drive and the ball screams away to the fence

3.2

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, no run, much better line and length from Hossain. Dravid shoulders arms and the ball sails through to the keeper

3.3

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, no run, close. good length and this one jagged back in sharply. Draivd once again shoulders arms and the ball zips past the off stump

3.4

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, no run, similar line and length and on this occasion Dravid gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat

3.5

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, no run, left alone outside the off stump, bit too wide to interest Dravid

3.6

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, 1 run, short of a good length delivery and this one kept a bit low, Dravid stays back and taps it away towards point for an easy single

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 11/1
R Dravid    6* (13b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    2-1-5-0
KD Karthik    4* (11b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-6-1

Shahadat let out a yelp at the release of the last delivery. Not much bounce on offer. Hmm...

4.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, FOUR, cut over point. Short and outside off and Dravid cut and it flew fast over the outstreched hand of the backward point. Just over.

4.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, on the hips, Dravid gets inside the line, clips it away to fine leg.

4.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, nice teasing line outside off stump and Karthik comes forward, covers the off stump and shoulders arms. The ball came in but not enough to warrant a stroke

4.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 run, outside off stump and this holds its line after landing on a length and keeps a touch low and Karthik crouches at the last minute, punches it towards extra cover

4.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, FOUR, Classy. Mind you it was a overpitched delivery, well outside off stump and Dravid goes down on his knee, stretches forward and caresses it through cover region

4.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, FOUR, Another one through covers. This was a short of length delivery, outside off stump and Dravid got closer to the line and punched it through the gap. Runs are beginning to come in a hurry. The wicket has gone limp. The bounce is not much, no great pace either.

End of over 5 (14 runs) India 25/1
R Dravid    19* (17b 4x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-20-1
KD Karthik    5* (13b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    2-1-5-0

Kazi sends this : "I am really disappointed about the pitch. In a Bangladeshi paper (http://www.prothom-alo.org/) it says that after a look at the pitch, bangladeshi keeper Khaled Masud joked with the ground staff that with a pitch like that, there is no need of a wicketkeeper as the ball won't reach the 'keeper." Yeah it looks pretty sluggish track.

5.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Grunt like Seles at the release, digs it in really short, really really short and it climbs up like an old man, chest high and Karthik drops his wrists, sways away from the line.

5.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, 2 runs, back-of-length delivery, outside off stump, comes in a touch, Karthik hops back, gets on top of the bounce and punches it through cover point

5.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, beaten! Fullish, outside the off stump and Karthik went chasing. The bat hit the ground and the ball just went past the bat. There was a shout from the bowler and the 'keeper and Umpire Harper has a smile on his face as he turns down the appeal

5.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, full in length, similar line and Karthik is on the front foot this time, gets close to the line, guides to point

5.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Goes for a bouncer, rises chest-high and swayed away. Again Shahadat had to put lot of effort to get the ball up

5.6

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, FOUR, fullish, on the middle and off, Karthik is late in leaning forward, gets his bat down in an angle, stabs the delivery, it gets the outside edge and it runs past the slips. They go up in appeal for a lbw, Harper signals a boundary.

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 31/1
KD Karthik    11* (19b 2x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-1-11-0
R Dravid    19* (17b 4x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-20-1

6.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid rings the room service and Mortaza serves a overpitched delivery well outside the off stump and Dravid leant across and crashed it through cover point.

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, ooh ... It landed on a good length, just outside off and came in towards middle and off and Dravid is caught in his crease, leans forward and whips it across the line, to fine leg.

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 2 runs, back of length, just outside the off stump and holding its line, Karthik gets back, close to the line and punches it past Ashraful at covers

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, full and outside off, Karthik eases it to the off side

6.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fullish, on the middle and off, Karthik stays back, just shuffles across to get close to the line, pushes with a full face of the bat to cover.

6.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, nice probing delivery. It landed outside off stump, cut back in, Karthik lunges forward, covers the off stump and shoulders arms.

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 38/1
KD Karthik    13* (23b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-27-1
R Dravid    24* (19b 5x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-1-11-0

7.1

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, 1 run, on the hips, coming in from the off stump, Dravid whips it away to fine leg

7.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, In the zone outside off stump, left alone

Many of you have written in anguish at Laxman being given the axe. Sample this from Ashish Sharma: "Dropping Laxman is really stupid while there are two wicket-keepers. Could have dropped Dhoni instead. What if Sachin and Ganguly don't fire - Test loss??

7.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, 4 runs, another grunt at the release. Full in length, on the middle and off, leans forward to defend to the off side.And hold on there is a overthrow. The ball ran towards mid-off and Enamul Haq jr throws it back to the 'keeper but it sails over him.

7.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, 1 bye, Short of length, outside offs stump, Karthik lets it go through and Kahled Masud, on a comeback, clangs it . Simple, straightforward stuff but Pilot jabs at it and it bounds away off his gloves. He must be under pressure.

7.5

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, no run

7.6

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, no run, from slightly wide of the crease, full and outside off stump, left alone

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 44/1
R Dravid    25* (22b 5x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-1-16-0
KD Karthik    17* (26b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-27-1

HR Gopalakrishna our stats man sends us this: "Wasim Jaffer's first ball dismissal provide the 25th instance of such a dismissal in the annals of test cricket. Jaffer is the fifth Indian batsman to suffer the ignominy after SM Gavaskar {three occasions}, SS Naik, WV Raman and SS Das"

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, FOUR, Crash. Super pull shot. Banged in short, rises chest-high, Karthik swivels off the front foot, and pulls past square-leg. Had all the time in the world to play that.

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, (no ball) 1 run, full and outside off, Karthik eases it to covers to bring up the fifty of the partnership

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, FOUR, Ah.. full and on the legs, beseeching to be hit and Dravid puts it away via a flick shot. Easy.

8.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run

8.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, leans forward, gets behind the line of a length-delivery on the off stump and defends down the track

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 no ball, slightly short in length, 137.1 k, around the off stump, Dravid shuffles across, pats it gently back down the track.

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, fullish, just outside off stump, Dravid drives, left-elbow high, to mid-off

8.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, fullish, outside off stump, eased to cover

End of over 9 (11 runs) India 55/1
R Dravid    29* (28b 6x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-0-38-1
KD Karthik    22* (28b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-1-16-0

9.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, from slightly wide of the crease, digs it in short of length, on the middle, Karthik places it towards mid-on, looks for a run but Shahadat gets across to make the stop

9.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Another grunt, another bouncer and this is the best of 'em all. Kicked up throat-high and came in at Karthik who had to really arch back to get away from the line

9.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, attempted yorker, nice follow-up delivery, on the middle stump line and Karthik stabs it away

9.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, 1 run, fullish, on the legs, Karthik leans forward, flicks it away to long leg. Reaches to the other end and practises that shot again. This time he whips the wrists more suggesting he would have liked to place it finer

9.5

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, no run, from wide of the crease, on the middle stump line, pushed towards mid-on fielder, Dravid takes couple of steps, Karthik takes a few more steps, Dravid freezes, puts his hand up, yells Karthik to get back and he does.

9.6

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, FOUR, Another boundary. Runs are coming in a flood. Overpitched on the middle and leg and Dravid eases it through the on side. Lovely on drive.

End of over 10 (5 runs) India 60/1
R Dravid    33* (30b 7x4)      Shahadat Hossain    5-1-21-0
KD Karthik    23* (32b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-0-38-1

Rafique comes on in the 11 th over. Slip and silly point in place

10.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, floated from round the stumps, on the off stump line, goes on straight and Karthik defends on the front foot

10.2

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 2 runs, down the leg side, Karthik sweeps it fine. Paddles it away fine and will pick up two runs

10.3

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, arm-ball, comes in from just outside the off stump, Karthik leans forward to defend

10.4

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, FOUR, Karthik goes down town. In style. Jumps down the track, reaches the pitch of a floated delivery on the off stump line and sends it over mid-on, one bounce over the ropes.

10.5

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, leans forward to defend.

10.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, pushes to cover and they take a quick single

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 67/1
KD Karthik    30* (38b 4x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-0-7-0
R Dravid    33* (30b 7x4)      Shahadat Hossain    5-1-21-0

Two slips in place as Hossain continues

11.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, 2 runs, full and drifting down the leg side, Karthik leans well forward and flicks it away towards deep backward square leg. Nafees moves across quickly from fine leg and cuts off a certain boundary with a valiant diving effort

11.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, punched down to mid-off

11.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, 1 no ball, short delivery outside the off stump and Karthik goes after it but fails to make contact.

11.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, full and this one jagged back in sharply, Karthik had to hurry and he does well

11.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Karthik gets right back and works it away straight to the fielder at square leg

11.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, good length and coming in with the angle, Karthik reads it to perfection and leaves it through to the keeper. Jaffer 'the departed' can wish on

11.6

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, left alone outside off stump

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 70/1
KD Karthik    32* (45b 4x4)      Shahadat Hossain    6-1-24-0
R Dravid    33* (30b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-0-7-0

12.1

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, leans forward to push to the off side

12.2

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, on the middle and leg, defended on the front foot

12.3

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run

12.4

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run

Vincent Sundar: "Droppping of VVS Laxman. Quite simply shows the double standards when it comes to selections. If Dravid justifies Sehwag's continued inclusion and speaks of a "300" scoring player and his ability, as a test batsman is VVS any inferior to a Dhoni or Karthick or even Ganguly??

Karun offers a different pov: "Dhoni and Karthik are winning matches for India and they should be in the team. Karthik will score more runs than Laxman and will save minimum 25-30 runs in the field. Laxman does not deserve a place in the XI based on his current form and fitness. We should stop living in the past glory. Winning is important and current form is more relevant for winning"

12.5

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, FOUR, short and Dravid latches on to it. Rocks back to cut it past point

12.6

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, fuller and straighter, on the middle stump line, Dravid takes care not to get the front leg across - doesn't want to get trapped - and defends down the track

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 74/1
R Dravid    37* (36b 8x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-0-11-0
KD Karthik    32* (45b 4x4)      Shahadat Hossain    6-1-24-0

13.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, 1 no ball, on the middle stump line, on a length, pushed to on side

13.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, around the off stump, waist-high, Karthik gets close to the line, taps it gently to the off side.

13.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, FOUR, short of length, it climbs above waist-high, outside off stump, Karthik goes back and across and punches it impeccably through backward point. Got really well on top of the bounce there.

13.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, on a length, outside off stump, comes in a touch, Karthik doesn't cover enough for the inward movement, the bat comes outside the line and he gets a inside-edge to the on side

Karthik gets his bat up while he waits for the bowler. Couple of taps on the ground, then he lifts the bat and waits.

13.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Full and on the off stump line, Karthik gets forward, leans across, head over the ball and wrists it across the line to square-leg

13.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, bouncer that again doesn't rise much. Karthik ducks under and the ball limps over him. This is not the track to duck under, better way, as both batsmen have been doing so far, is to sway away.

13.6

Shahadat Hossain to Karthik, no run, Sways away this time. Big grunt at the release and it climbs chest-high, around off stump, Karthik arches back, drops his wrists to get the bat away from the line and sways away

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 79/1
KD Karthik    36* (52b 5x4)      Shahadat Hossain    7-1-29-0
R Dravid    37* (36b 8x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-0-11-0

Ravi: "Do not see the need for bringing in Sourav into the Laxman/Karthick/ Sehwag discussion. He was the best batsman in the last Test series.On pure batting perfomance, he cannot be left out"

The last word on Laxman axe goes to Kiran. "Dropping Laxman is no surprise, considering he can be used only for batting. The harsh weather means, the bowlers need good breaks between spells and Sachin/Sourav can roll over a few overs. Moreover Laxman who is just recovering from illness, may not be fully fit" Ok enough of that debate now. Let's move on.

14.1

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, leans forward to defend a fullish delivery to the off side

14.2

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run

14.3

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, on the off stump line, pushed towards mid-off fielder for a single

14.4

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, on the middle stump line and he sweeps it away for yet another single

14.5

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, FOUR, Classy inside-out drive. Flighted-up, on the off stump line, turns away slight and Dravid takes care to take the left leg out of the line, gets his left shoulder facing mid-off and drives inside-out through extra cover. Nice clean and smooth swing of the bat.

14.6

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, on the stumps, nudged to the on side

End of over 15 (6 runs) India 85/1
R Dravid    42* (41b 9x4)      Mohammad Rafique    3-0-17-0
KD Karthik    37* (53b 5x4)      Shahadat Hossain    7-1-29-0

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15.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, full in length, on the off stump line, leans forward to defend

15.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run

15.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fullish, outside off, eased to cover

15.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run

15.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, on the middle stump line, comes in with the angle, Karthik gets behind the line, and pats it away to the off side

15.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, beaten. In the corridor outside off and Karthik feels for it, not quite leaning forward fully and the ball rushes past the outside edge

End of over 16 (maiden) India 85/1
KD Karthik    37* (59b 5x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-1-38-1
R Dravid    42* (41b 9x4)      Mohammad Rafique    3-0-17-0

Slip and silly-point in place.

16.1

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, FOUR, on the middle stump, slightly short and Dravid glides back and whips it past square-leg. Perfectly timed and the ball races away. It looked pretty elegant and I thought he might get two runs but it kept running away.

16.2

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, punches a length-delivery back to the bowler

16.3

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, tossed-up, on the middle and Dravid leans forward to defend

16.4

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, slightly short, on the middle and off and Dravid is again quick to get back and whips it off the back foot but straight to mid-off fielder

16.5

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, 1 run, gets a single with a nudge to the on side

16.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, round-arm action, floats in from outside off stump, on a length and Karthik dabs it away on the front foot to the off side

End of over 17 (5 runs) India 90/1
KD Karthik    37* (60b 5x4)      Mohammad Rafique    4-0-22-0
R Dravid    47* (46b 10x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-1-38-1

17.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, banged in short, it doesn't rise much, Dravid shapes to pull and is beaten by two things: lack of pace of the track and lack of bounce. Inside-edges it to the pad

17.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, fuller, around off stump, Dravid gets solidly behind the line, pushes it to mid-on

17.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, lands on a length, outside off stump, holds its line, Dravid gets his bat away from the body, guides to point

17.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, cuts in a touch from outside off stump, Dravid punches it towards cover

17.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, full in length, on the off stump line, pushed back to the bowler.

Anindya Ganguly: "Can't find a reason why the management picked 3 pacers in such a placid and dead wicket! Moreover ... the fast bowlers can't even bowl long spells in this hot and humid weather. Another spinner would have been a better choice..."

17.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run

End of over 18 (maiden) India 90/1
R Dravid    47* (52b 10x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-2-38-1
KD Karthik    37* (60b 5x4)      Mohammad Rafique    4-0-22-0

How about some Bangladesh perspective? Happy with the team selection guys? Meanwhile Enamul Haque Jnr comes on to have a bowl

18.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, from round the stumps, on the middle and off, pushed to the off side. There is a slip and silly-point

18.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, 1 run, on the middle stump line, slightly short in length and Karthik paddles it away to fine leg

18.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, drifts in on the middle and leg, whipped to short midwicket

18.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, on the legs, Dravid is struck on the pad while trying to flick it away

18.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, on the leg and middle line, turns in slightly, Dravid backs away a touch, to get adjacent to the line and drives down the track

18.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, 1 run, slightly short in length, turns away from the off stump and holds up on Dravid a touch and he shapes to cut, doesn't find pace to work with and jabs it away to point

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 92/1
R Dravid    48* (56b 10x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    1-0-2-0
KD Karthik    38* (62b 5x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-2-38-1

19.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, beaten. In the zone outside off stump, not much bounce there and Dravid is surprised by the lack of it and ends up stabbing at it and the ball squeezes past the outside edge and bounces once before it reaches the 'keeper

19.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, on the middle line, fullish, Dravid whips it right of mid-on where Ashraful makes a diving stop

19.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, 136.8k , full in length, around off stump, cuts in a touch, pushed to cover

19.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, full in length, outside off stump, Karthik is quick to get on to that front foot, head over the ball, left elbow high and pushes it towards cover. Classic Test-match cricket.

19.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, again covers comes into play. Mortaza wipes the sweat off his forehead, using the right sleeeve and walks back to the top of his run up. It's pretty humid out there.

19.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 run, retains the strike with a firm push to left of mid-off

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 94/1
KD Karthik    39* (66b 5x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-2-40-1
R Dravid    49* (58b 10x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    1-0-2-0

20.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, 1 run, floated up, on the off stump line, driven to left of mid-off and they walk through for a single

20.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, 1 run, Fifty up and the crowd generously clap in admiration. Not a partisan crowd at all. It was floated up, on the off stump line, driven to long off

20.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, (no ball) FOUR, Karthik celebrates his skipper's landmark with a pull over midwicket. It was quite a rubbish delivery really - long hop on leg and middle.

20.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run

20.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, almost yorks himself and Khaled Masud lets out a appeal. It was full and on the middle and Karthik stretches forward, a bit too much but takes out the left leg from the line and nudges it to on side

20.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run

20.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, on the middle and off stump line, driven to the off side

End of over 21 (7 runs) India 101/1
KD Karthik    44* (72b 6x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    2-0-9-0
R Dravid    50* (59b 10x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-2-40-1

21.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, length-delivery, on the off stump line, Dravid shuffles across to defend to off side.

21.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, slightly short in length, lands on the off stump, moves in, Dravid waits for the ball to arrive before whipping it to midwicket

21.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, on the off stump, holds its line, Dravid stays back, punches but the bat is slightly outside the line and it goes straight back down the track

21.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, length-delivery on the off stump, Dravid punches to mid-off where there is a fumble by Shahadat and they will get a bonus run.

21.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, FOUR, Slap down the track. It was just short of length, outside off stump and such is this track that Karthik had all the time in the world to stand up and wait. And wait before he pulled it right down the track. Slow wicket.

21.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 106/1
KD Karthik    48* (74b 7x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-2-45-1
R Dravid    51* (63b 10x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    2-0-9-0

Sharif Ahmed: "Why Mushfiq Rahim has been omitted from BD squad? His debut was at The Lords at the age of 16. His keeping has improved. Also a slow batsman ideal for test. "

22.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, slightly short, outside off, cut to point

22.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run

22.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, outside off stump, full in length, Dravid leans forward, allows the ball to pass his front foot and then guides it to point.

22.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, 1 run, gets Karthik on strike with a drive through mid-on

22.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, 1 run, from wide of the crease, fullish and outside off, Karthik places it to left of mid-off. He moves to 49

22.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, drifts in from outside off, Dravid plants his left foot across, gets his bat around it and defends. So far he has taken care to avoid doing so. He gets his left foot outside the line, stays adjacent to the line so that he doesn't get in a tangle and does not need to play around the pad.

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 108/1
R Dravid    52* (68b 10x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    3-0-11-0
KD Karthik    49* (75b 7x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-2-45-1

23.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run

23.2

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, Fifty up for Karthik. Again gentle clapping around the arena. He reached the landmark with a firm push to long on

23.3

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run

23.4

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, on the middle stump line, the left leg is stretched straight forward and he defends

23.5

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, And again

23.6

Mohammad Rafique to Dravid, no run, On the off stump line, Dravid leans forward to defend. There will be one more over before the lunch break

End of over 24 (1 run) India 109/1
R Dravid    52* (72b 10x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-0-23-0
KD Karthik    50* (77b 7x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    3-0-11-0

24.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, FOUR, Enamel gift-wraps a boundary. Full-toss on the off stump and Karthik accepts the gift with a drive past mid off

24.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run

24.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, on the middle and off stump line, Karthik defends compactly on the front foot

24.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, slightly short outside off stump, cut to cover point

24.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, on the middle stump line, full and straight - not much turn on offer, pushed back down the track

24.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot.

That's lunch. Billy Doctrove knocks the bails off to signal the break. Dravid takes the helmet off, Karthik retains his and the duo walk off. Karthik is seen talking earnestly with his skipper who nods. Great start by India. Perfect batting conditions. Slow wicket, not much turn, not much pace and they have feasted on it. Spare a thought for Wasim Jaffer who missed out, his off stump knocked out first ball by Mortaza. The toss was the key and Bangladesh had to suffer as a result.

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End of over 25 (4 runs) India 113/1
KD Karthik    54* (83b 8x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    4-0-15-0
R Dravid    52* (72b 10x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-0-23-0

1.33 pm Players are walking out to the middle. Dravid and Karthik are in and game is about the resume.

1.20 pm Play will start at 1.35 pm local time.

News just in: Munaf Patel, who is injured, is being sent back home. The 18-year old Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma will replace him. You would remember that Ishant was supposed to go to South Africa tour after Irfan Pathan was sent back home to play domestic cricket and Munaf was struggling to get fit. That, however, didn't come about and Ishant gets his chance now. Nicknamed 'Lambu' due to his height, 6'4'', Ishant has been talked highly by the likes of Lalchand Rajput, India's U-19 coach.

12.40 pm It has started drizzling again. Aargh. While you wait, try out the new Slogout! game.

12.37 pm Rain has stopped. There will be 30 minutes delay. The covers are still on.

Update (12:22 local, 06:22 GMT) - The news is not that good, It is raining at the moment and more covers have been rushed in. At the moment the downpour is quite heavy and chances of a prompt start looks bleak.

HRG: "Rahul Dravid has now become one of the partner in a second-wicket partnership of over 100 runs after the first had fallen at zero on most occasions in the annals of test cricket - four times. In this game he has added 113 runs so far with Karthik. He overtook WM Woodful's record of three such instances." Says something about the Indian openers eh?!

Masud, from Australia, has a response to one of the earlier comments: "Pilot is one of the experienced test player and the best keeper for Bangladesh. Only batting well does not secure a place in any team, if you are a weeketkeeper. The first criteria is that he should be a good keeper and only then batting comes as a bonus.. thats why ..Mushfiqur has not been selected.

Andrew Dunn: "Tamim Iqbal was Bangladesh's third highest run scorer of the World Cup, so why was Rajin Saleh selected over him? What has Rajin Saleh done to be selected for this test."

Aritro Abedin, who had a problem with Rahim being dropped, adds, "I have no objection to Aftab Ahmed's omission from the side. A good strokeplayer with a use-by period of 50 balls in an innings has little value at the best of times, but none at all in the context of a test match. He has a lot of maturing to do. Hopefully his being dropped will serve as a timely wake-up call."

25.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, Length-delivery, around off stump and Dravid punches it towards mid-off

There is a lone slip in place and a short extra cover.

25.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, Similar line and length, on the off stump and Dravid gets right behind the line to push it to the off side

25.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, fuller, almost at the blockhole, just outside off stump and Dravid shapes to drive but the intent is thwarted by the length and he ends up jabbing it away to cover

25.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, just short of driveable length, outside off and Dravid lunges forward and pushes it out to short extra cover

25.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, This time he beats the short cover but finds cover point

25.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, no run, Fullish, outside off and Dravid leans on to his cover drive but can't beat the man at cover

End of over 26 (maiden) India 113/1
R Dravid    52* (78b 10x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    10-3-45-1
KD Karthik    54* (83b 8x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    4-0-15-0

Enamul Haque Jnr is the bowler.

26.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, floats in from round the stumps, Karthik leans forward and defends.

26.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg, Karthik takes out the left leg from the line, squeezes the ball towards midwicket

26.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, beaten in the flight. Tossed-up and slightly held back, outside off stump, Dravid stretched forward and pushed, in the air, bat away from the body towards cover. The ball was briefly in the air but no damage done

26.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, leans forward and waits for the ball to arrive this time before pushing it away to the off side

26.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, (no ball) 1 run, pushed to the cover region for a single

26.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, 1 run, slipping on to the legs and tucked behind square leg for a single

26.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, FOUR, short in length and outside off stump and Dravid rocks back, makes more room and forces it to left of the diving mid-off fielder.

End of over 27 (8 runs) India 121/1
R Dravid    57* (82b 11x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    5-0-23-0
KD Karthik    56* (86b 8x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    10-3-45-1

Slip, point, cover, short extra cover in place

27.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, beaten. Surprising bounce. Kicks up from a touch short of good length, outside off stump and holds its line, Karthik shapes to force it off the back foot, on the up, but is beaten by the extra bounce and the straightening of the delivery

27.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, gets behind the line of a length-delivery around off and pats it gently to the off side

27.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, comes in towards middle, Karthik eases forward, nudges to the on side.

27.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, around the off stump, not much movement, Karthik gets solidly behind the line and offers a dead bat

27.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, cuts back in from outside off, from a length, Karthik is hurried on a touch, the bat comes down outside the line and he gets a inside-edge to the leg side

27.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, back-of-length delivery, around off and middle and Karthik offers the full face of the bat in defense. Good tight over from Mortaza. One kicked up from a length and other cut back in to trouble Karthik

End of over 28 (maiden) India 121/1
KD Karthik    56* (92b 8x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    11-4-45-1
R Dravid    57* (82b 11x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    5-0-23-0

Slip and silly-point

28.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, drifts to the pad, Dravid tries to flick, the ball runs off the pad and Karthik sets off for a run, the ball rolls towards short square-leg region and Dravid sends him back before it got too late

28.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, 1 no ball, leans forward to defend

28.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, on the middle and dabbed away to the on side

28.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, lands on the off stump, turns away slightly, Dravid leans across, pushes it to point

28.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, slightly short and Dravid immediately jumps on to the back foot and punches it away but Ashraful dives at short cover to make the stop.

28.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, again a touch short, at the stumps and Dravid forces it but straight to mid-off

28.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, full in length, on the middle stump line, goes on straight and Dravid chooses to go back instead of leaning forward and defends

End of over 29 (1 run) India 122/1
R Dravid    57* (89b 11x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    6-0-24-0
KD Karthik    56* (92b 8x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    11-4-45-1

29.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, In the zone outside off stump, full and shaping away a touch, Karthik shoulders arms

29.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, slipping down the leg side, Karthik tries to tickle but doesn't make contact

29.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, bangs it in short, outside off stump and it climbs over shoulder-high, Karthik sways away from the line. Mortaza is trying everything now, full-pitched, bouncers, teasing 'em outside off but no luck so far

29.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, full and outside off, Karthik eases it to cover region

29.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, slightly short in length, outside off , comes back in touch, Karthik stands tall and punches it nicely on the up but straight to short extra cover

29.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, in trouble by the lack of bounce. It landed short of length, on the off and middle and Karthik shaped to play it to the leg side but the ball kept a tad low and straigthened, Karthik almost got squared-up but adjusted to keep it away

End of over 30 (maiden) India 122/1
KD Karthik    56* (98b 8x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    12-5-45-1
R Dravid    57* (89b 11x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    6-0-24-0

30.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, outside off stump, full in length, tapped to silly point

30.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, short, outside off stump and Dravid backs away, a bit too much and then he has to stretch out and cuts straight to Ashraful at short cover

30.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, 1 run, again short and outside off, Dravid backs away to cut to point, there is a slight fumble and they pick up a single

30.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, fullish, on the middle and leg, deflected to midwicket

30.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, on the middle stump line and Karthik is cautious and offers the full face of the bat in defense

30.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Karthik, no run, And again.

End of over 31 (1 run) India 123/1
KD Karthik    56* (101b 8x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    7-0-25-0
R Dravid    58* (92b 11x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    12-5-45-1

31.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, back of length, outside off and Dravid latches on to the width, cuts down to right of third man for a single

31.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, OUT, Mortaza gets the reward for persistence. He hit the deck short of length, just outside off stump and it shaped away a touch and Karthik tried to pull it from there and ended up ballooning it to mid-off. Karthik falls after a well-made fifty. Remember he is playing purely as a batsman. He would be a touch disappointed with the shot selection there but Mortaza won't be complaining. He has kept it on and around off stump this spell, at times cutting it back in, making it hold the line.

KD Karthik c Mohammad Ashraful b Mashrafe Mortaza 56 (146m 102b 8x4 0x6) SR: 54.90

31.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, 1 run, Crowd roar as Mortaza runs in to SRT. On a length, around middle and off, Tendulkar shuffles across, whips it past square-leg for a single

31.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dravid, 1 run, on the hips, clipped away to fine leg

Short midwicket in place for Tendulkar

31.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, no run, Fullish, outside off stump and Tendulkar lets that one fly past him

31.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, no run, back-of-length delivery, outside off stump, Tendulkar moves towards the line, punches it to cover

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 126/2
SR Tendulkar    1* (3b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    13-5-48-2
R Dravid    60* (94b 11x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    7-0-25-0

32.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, on the off stump line, Dravid stretches forward in defense

32.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, no run, comes down the track a touch, gets to the pitch and drives back to the bowler

32.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, 1 no ball, full and on the middle and off, Dravid drives back to the bowler

32.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Dravid, 1 run, full and outside off, Dravid drives inside-out to right of cover where Ashraful makes a half-stop

32.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Tendulkar, no run, lands on a length, around off stump, turns away slightly and Tendulkar waits for the turn, opens the bat-face, guides to point

32.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Tendulkar, no run, full and on the off stump line, Tendulkar leans forward, drives to cover

32.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Tendulkar, FOUR, Crack. Short and outside off stump and Tendulkar latches on to the line and the length- cuts it away past point.

End of over 33 (6 runs) India 132/2
SR Tendulkar    5* (6b 1x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    8-0-31-0
R Dravid    61* (98b 11x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    13-5-48-2

Shahadat Hossain replaces Mortaza who just took a wicket in his last over. Ashraful, the vice-captain, has a chat with him.

33.1

Shahadat Hossain to Dravid, OUT, And hello?! Shahadat strikes immediately. Dravid falls and Bangladeshi fielders go in a huddle. Done in by the extra bounce. Short of length, outside off stump and it kicks up, Dravid goes for a cut, is surprised by the extra bounce and nicks it behind to Masud, the wicketkeeper. Two quick wickets and Bangladesh are back into the game. Sourav Ganguly walks in.

R Dravid c †Khaled Mashud b Shahadat Hossain 61 (154m 99b 11x4 0x6) SR: 61.61

Ganguly takes guard, has a look at the sky, adjusting to the sunshine, goes for some gardening down the track. Just as Shahadat runs, Ganguly pulls away. There is a short-leg in place.

33.2

Shahadat Hossain to Ganguly, 1 wide, Unsurprisingly, Ganguly receives a bouncer. But it is well down the leg side and Ganguly ducks.

33.2

Shahadat Hossain to Ganguly, no run, hits the deck short of length, just outside leg, it comes in a touch, Ganguly shuffles across, tries to glance and misses. It flies past the edge

Two slips and a short-leg in place.

33.3

Shahadat Hossain to Ganguly, no run, Another bouncer and over the middle stump line, Ganguly ducks under again.

33.4

Shahadat Hossain to Ganguly, 1 run, pushed across Ganguly, on a length, who leans forward, opens the bat-face, guides past point

33.5

Shahadat Hossain to Tendulkar, no run, Now Tendulkar gets a bouncer from Shahadat. It's Sachin's time to duck under.

33.6

Shahadat Hossain to Tendulkar, no run, Another short-pitched stuff, outside the off stump this time and Tendulkar drops his wrists, gets the bat down, away from the line and sways away

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 134/3
SR Tendulkar    5* (8b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-1-31-1
SC Ganguly    1* (3b)      Enamul Haque jnr    8-0-31-0

Slip, silly-point and a short-leg in place as Bangladesh go on the attack

34.1

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, FOUR, slightly short, outside off and Ganguly went on the back foot, made room and cut crisply past point.

34.2

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, 1 run, lands on the middle and off, turns in, Ganguly goes back, waits for the turn before clipping it off the hips past square-leg

34.3

Enamul Haque jnr to Tendulkar, no run, fullish, outside off and Tendulkar drives to Ashraful at short cover

34.4

Enamul Haque jnr to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to defend. There is a buzz around the arena.

34.5

Enamul Haque jnr to Tendulkar, 1 run, slightly short, just outside off stump, Tendulkar is quick to go on the back foot and punches it through extra cover

34.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, no run, full and Ganguly drives, early into the shot and timing is not there, it is briefly in teh air but falls well short of the bowler.

34.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, no run, full and Ganguly drives, early into the shot and timing is not there, it is briefly in teh air but falls well short of the bowler.

34.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, no run, full and Ganguly drives, early into the shot and timing is not there, it is briefly in teh air but falls well short of the bowler.

34.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, no run, full and Ganguly drives, early into the shot and timing is not there, it is briefly in teh air but falls well short of the bowler.

34.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, no run, full and Ganguly drives, early into the shot and timing is not there, it is briefly in teh air but falls well short of the bowler.

34.6

Enamul Haque jnr to Ganguly, no run, full and Ganguly drives, early into the shot and timing is not there, it is briefly in teh air but falls well short of the bowler.

End of over 35 (6 runs) India 140/3
SC Ganguly    6* (6b 1x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    9-0-37-0
SR Tendulkar    6* (11b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-1-31-1

35.1

Shahadat Hossain to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length, this one pitches a bit outside the off stump and slants back in very sharply, Tendulkar drops his wrists and leaves the ball alone, the ball brushes the shirt on the way to the keeper and there's a bit of excitement as there is a shout for the catch behind

35.2

Shahadat Hossain to Tendulkar, no run, full and down the leg side, Tendulkar shapes to glance this one but can't quite get it away as he'd like and the ball trickles down to the keeper

35.3

Shahadat Hossain to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a driving length and on the off stump, Tendulkar shuffles across his stumps and flicks the ball away towards midwicket

35.4

Shahadat Hossain to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, good length delivery on the pads, Gangauly stays back and tries to work it away on the leg side but fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and lobs up towards gully

35.5

Shahadat Hossain to Tendulkar, no run, another short ball, bit wide on this occasion and Tendulkar comfortably sways away from the line

35.6

Shahadat Hossain to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, pitched wide outside the off stump and coming in with the angle. Tendulkar hops into postiion and turns it away well in front of square leg for an easy single.

Drinks called for.

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 143/3
SR Tendulkar    8* (16b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    9-1-33-1
SC Ganguly    6* (7b 1x4)      Enamul Haque jnr    9-0-37-0

Saqibul Hasan into the attack now

36.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, starts off with a flat delivery outside the off stump, Tendulkar gets well forward and neatly defends it down on the off side

Slip, short leg and a silly point in place

36.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, FOUR, slightly short and bit wide outside the off stump, drifting in with the arm. Tendulkar quickly goes back and drives it past the fielder at gully

36.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked away on the leg side for an easy single

Just the slip and the short leg in place for the left-hander. Hasan to bowl over the wicket

36.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, full and outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

36.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, 2 runs, drive off the back-foot, right through the gap between the cover fielders and they scamper through for the second

36.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, tossed up on the middle and leg stump line, slightly quicker than the previous delivery and Ganguly taps it away on the leg side

End of over 37 (7 runs) India 150/3
SC Ganguly    8* (10b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-7-0
SR Tendulkar    13* (19b 2x4)      Shahadat Hossain    9-1-33-1

Rafique into the attack from the other end. Slip, silly point and a short leg in place.

37.1

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, slightly short and Tendulkar punches it straight to the fielder at cover

37.2

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked away on the leg side

37.3

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run, tossed up and turning in, Ganguly goes right back and turns it away with the spin to the midwicket region

37.4

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Ganguly quickly picks it up, leans back and cuts it away through point. Easy runs

37.5

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run, full and close to the off stump line, Ganguly pushes forward and wroks it away past the fielder at short leg

37.6

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run, turned away off the back-foot, again straight to the fielder at midwicket

Spinners on from both ends, its going to be an interesting passage of paly with probably two of the best players of spin at the crease

End of over 38 (5 runs) India 155/3
SC Ganguly    12* (14b 2x4)      Mohammad Rafique    6-0-28-0
SR Tendulkar    14* (21b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-7-0

38.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, flat delivery outside the off stump, defended watchfully

38.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, quicker delivery, again defended with a straight bat

38.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, forced away towards point, no room for a single there

38.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, 1 run, slightly short and Tendulkar cuts it away through cover point

38.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, turned away with the spin to the square leg region

38.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, punched off the back-foot and the ball finds the fielder at cover

End of over 39 (1 run) India 156/3
SC Ganguly    12* (16b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-8-0
SR Tendulkar    15* (25b 2x4)      Mohammad Rafique    6-0-28-0

39.1

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, 2 runs, fullish, on the legs and Tendulkar flicks past square-leg.

39.2

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, full and outside off stump, turns away, Tendulkar chose to stay back, cuts straight to point

39.3

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward, picks up a single with a drive placed right of mid-off

39.4

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run, outside off stump, Ganguly stretches forward and pads it away, bat behind the pad

39.5

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run, beaten Slightly short in length, lands outside off stump and hurries on straight, Ganguly backs away to cut but the ball squeezes under the blade

39.6

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run, full and outside off, Ganguly stretches forward and pads it away

End of over 40 (3 runs) India 159/3
SC Ganguly    12* (19b 2x4)      Mohammad Rafique    7-0-31-0
SR Tendulkar    18* (28b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-8-0

40.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run

40.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to defend a fullish delivery on the middle stump line

HRG: "One more stats on Dravid. His 61 in this game is his 70th fifty plus score in tests. The other two Indian batsmen who have 70 plus fifties are Gavaskar {79} and Tendulkar {78}, Dravid has got 47 fifties {50 to 99} while Gavaskar has 45 and Tendulkar 43."

40.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, outside off stump, turns away slightly, pushed to silly point

40.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, on the off stump line, turns away, Tendulkar leans forward, opens the bat-face, guides to point

40.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, 1 run, slightly short and cuts to point

40.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, outside off stump and Ganguly stretches forward and offers the dead-bat

End of over 41 (1 run) India 160/3
SC Ganguly    12* (20b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-9-0
SR Tendulkar    19* (33b 2x4)      Mohammad Rafique    7-0-31-0

41.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, no run, on a length, around off stump, Tendulkar gets behind the line, punches it on to the turf and it bounces over Mortaza

41.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, 1 run, full in length, on the middle and off stump line, shapes in towards middle, Tendulkar leans forward, whips it across the line to long leg

41.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, around the off stump, on a length, Ganguly pushes it to off side

41.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, bouncer, at the right shoulder of Ganguly who ducks under at the last minute.

41.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, short of length, on the middle and off, Ganguly gets on top of the bounce and defends.

Ganguly stands more erect these days, doesn't crouch as much as he used to before. Tries to keep the head still and get on top of the bounce

41.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, on the middle and leg, flicked to square-leg

End of over 42 (1 run) India 161/3
SC Ganguly    12* (24b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    14-5-49-2
SR Tendulkar    20* (35b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-9-0

42.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, lands outside off stump, on a length, turns away, Tendulkar lets it go

42.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, full and outside off stump, goes on straight, Tendulkar backs away, cuts to backward point

42.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, 2 runs, tossed-up, outside off stump and Tendulkar leans forward to drive to deep cover

42.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, on the leg and middle, flicked to square leg

42.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, almost beaten in the flight. Flighted outside off and Tendulkar came down the track and had to lunge forward to make contact

42.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run

End of over 43 (2 runs) India 163/3
SR Tendulkar    22* (41b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-11-0
SC Ganguly    12* (24b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    14-5-49-2

43.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, 2 runs, overpitched on the legs, flicked past square-leg

43.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, 1 leg bye, slipping down the leg side, Ganguly glances it away

43.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, no run, on a length, coming in towards off and middle, Tendulkar gets behind the line, punches it to mid on

43.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, no run, full in length, on the middle and off stump line, turned away to midwicket

43.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, no run, in the zone outside off, Tendulkar comes forward, covers the off stump and lets it go past Masud

43.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, FOUR, short in length, outside off stump, Tendulkar went back and across and cut it past point. Got nicely on top of the bounce

End of over 44 (7 runs) India 170/3
SR Tendulkar    26* (45b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    15-5-55-2
SC Ganguly    14* (26b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-11-0

44.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, comes in from outside off stump, pushed to cover

44.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, 1 run

44.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, FOUR, full in length, on the off stump line, turns away slightly and Tendulkar backs away to force it through extra cover

44.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, no run, fullish, on the off and middle, defended on the front foot

44.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, 1 run, slightly short of length, outside off stump, cut to deep point

44.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Ganguly, no run, fullish, outside off, Ganguly leans forward, drives back to the bowler

End of over 45 (6 runs) India 176/3
SC Ganguly    15* (29b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-17-0
SR Tendulkar    31* (48b 4x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    15-5-55-2

45.1

Mohammad Ashraful to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Lollypop outside off stump, high loopy full-toss, outside offs tump and Tendulkar punch-drives it through extra cover

45.2

Mohammad Ashraful to Tendulkar, 1 run, flighted one, outside off, driven to sweeper cover

45.3

Mohammad Ashraful to Ganguly, 1 run, fullish, outside off stump, turns in slightly, Ganguly stretches forward, drives to long off

45.4

Mohammad Ashraful to Tendulkar, 1 run

45.5

Mohammad Ashraful to Ganguly, no run, drives straight to mid off

45.6

Mohammad Ashraful to Ganguly, no run, lands outside off, turns in, nudged to the on side.

That's Tea. 68 runs have come in this session from 21 overs. Two wickets fell. Dinesh Karthik went, trying to pull a delivery from outside off stump while Dravid was done in by extra bounce, going for a cut shot.

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 181/3
SC Ganguly    16* (32b 2x4)      Mohammad Ashraful    1-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    35* (51b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-17-0

Welcome back. We are all set for the start of the final session of the day. Tendulkar on strike and it will be Rafique to start proceedings . Bashar is back after being absent for quite sometime in the second session

46.1

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, 2 runs, tossed up on the middle and off stump line, Tendulkar quickly picks up the length, sways back and clips it away through the gap between mid-on and midwicket, class shot

46.2

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, worked away off the back-foot, straight to the fielder at midwicket

46.3

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, once again finds the fielder at midwicket

46.4

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, quick and full, Tendulkar pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad, loud confident appeal for lbw turned down. Not a bad shot that. It came in from just outside off stump line and hit him in front of off. Close. Very close.

46.5

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, punched off the back-foot to the point region

46.6

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, turned away off the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards midwicket, end of a good over from Rafique

End of over 47 (2 runs) India 183/3
SR Tendulkar    37* (57b 4x4)      Mohammad Rafique    8-0-33-0
SC Ganguly    16* (32b 2x4)      Mohammad Ashraful    1-0-5-0

Mortaza on from the other end

47.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Ganguly finds the fielder at cover

47.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, 1 run, bit of width and angling away from the left-hander, Ganguly rocks back and cuts it away towards point

47.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tendulkar, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, nicely worked away through square leg for a single

47.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, another confident appeal turned down. good lenght delivery, pitched outside the leg stump and coming in with the angle, Ganguly is beaten for pace and the ball thuds into the pad, the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps but...

47.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, punched away towards cover

47.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, 1 run, slightly short and wide outside the off stump, Ganguly stands tall and drives it away through point. Nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact to get the placement right

End of over 48 (3 runs) India 186/3
SC Ganguly    18* (37b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    16-5-58-2
SR Tendulkar    38* (58b 4x4)      Mohammad Rafique    8-0-33-0

48.1

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run

48.2

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, SIX, Ganguly breaks free with a six over long off. He waltzed down the track, stayed adjacent to the line of a flighted delivery on the off stump and lofted it up and over long off

48.3

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, no run, yorker, on the middle and leg, fullish, Ganguly jabs it away

48.4

Mohammad Rafique to Ganguly, 1 run

48.5

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, FOUR, on the leg side, slipping away, flicked away fine. Very fine.

48.6

Mohammad Rafique to Tendulkar, no run, floated in from middle stump line, Tendulkar leans forward to defend

End of over 49 (11 runs) India 197/3
SR Tendulkar    42* (60b 5x4)      Mohammad Rafique    9-0-44-0
SC Ganguly    25* (41b 2x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    16-5-58-2

49.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, just outside off stump, Ganguly punches it to point.

49.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, back of length, just outside off stump, Ganguly pushes it to right of cover where Rajin Saleh rushes across to make a tumbling stop and prevents a single. Saleh is a dour, defensive and a very compact batsman. It would be interesting to see how he goes against the Indian bowlers later on

49.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, FOUR, another boundary gift-wrapped. Full and on the legs, Ganguly glances it fine

49.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run

49.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, no run, on the middle and off line, on a length and Ganguly pats it gently to the off side

49.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ganguly, 1 run, on the hips, clipped past square-leg

End of over 50 (5 runs) India 202/3
SC Ganguly    30* (47b 3x4 1x6)      Mashrafe Mortaza    17-5-63-2
SR Tendulkar    42* (60b 5x4)      Mohammad Rafique    9-0-44-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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India won by an innings and 239 runs
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May 22, 2007

Habibul Bashar effects a cut shot ,  Bangladesh v India, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day

Habibul Bashar effects a cut shot

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May 22, 2007

Habibul Bashar plays a flick shot during his knock of 37, Bangladesh v India, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day

Habibul Bashar plays a flick shot during his knock of 37

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