India tour of Bangladesh, 2007 / Commentary

India in Bangladesh Test Series - 2nd Test

Bangladesh v India

India won by an innings and 239 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

9.58 am The umpires, Billy Doctrove and Daryl Harper, are out in the middle. Here come the Indian openers, Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik. Jaffer scored a pair at Chittagong and he'll be desperate to score that first run today. Mashrafe Mortaza, however, will have other ideas. He has the new ball and is bowling from over the wicket with three slips and a gully in place.

9.50 The teams are lining up for the national anthems. The weather forecast for the day is for scattered showers. It's going to be another hot and muggy day with temperatures of around 33 degrees Celsius and humidity at a whopping 95%.

Toss, 9.30 am Habibul Bashar has won the toss and has asked India to bat. His decision was perhaps influenced by the overnight rain and because the ball might do a bit in the morning. Dravid said he would have batted anyway so everyone's happy.

Teams Bangladesh have dropped Enamul Haq jnr, the left-arm spinner, and strengthened their pace attack by bringing in Mohammad Sharif. Shahadat Hossain has taken ill and Syed Rasel will take his spot.

India have made just one change, they've dropped VRV Singh and given Ishant Sharma, the fast bowler from Delhi, his first Test cap.

India 1 Wasim Jaffer, 2 Dinesh Karthik, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 Mahendra Dhoni, 7 Anil Kumble, 8 Ramesh Powar, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 RP Singh, 11 Ishant Sharma

Bangladesh 1 Javed Omar, 2 Shahriar Nafees, 3 Habibul Bashar, 4 Mohammad Ashraful, 5 Rajin Saleh, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Khaled Mashud, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Mohammad Rafique, 10 Shahadat Hossain, 11 Syed Rasel

In the preview, Sidharth Monga had this to say about the pitch and the conditions. "The weather in Mirpur has become more humid than it was when India last visited for the first two one-dayers earlier this month. The pitch will demand hard work from the bowlers - it wears a dark look because of the black clay used here, which makes the surface hard. It is expected to be bouncier than the one at Chittagong, but the lack of grass means bowlers won't be queuing up for their chance to run in and let it fly."

9.25 am This Test is Dav Whatmore's last match in charge of Bangladesh. Utpal Shuvro recalls the wilderness years before Whatmore's tenure and how he has guided Bangladesh out of the darkness and into the light. Do check out Sidharth Monga's preview as well.

9.15 am Hello everybody and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the second Test between Bangladesh and India at Mirpur. After the washout in the first Test, let's hope we get a result in this time. I'm George Binoy and I'll be your commentator for the day.

The news last night from Mirpur was terrible, with heavy showers lashing the city. But there's good news, albeit unconfirmed, this morning. Sidharth Monga, our man on the spot, has this to say, "After heavy rains for about two hours last night, it is quite a surprise that they are looking to start on time. Although we don't have any access to the ground, it looks fine from the press box. The covers have been taken off, the teams have started training. Last night's downpour, when everything that could fall fell from the sky, was the first big test for the drainage of this stadium and it seems to have done well. The word is still not official, but the indications are they will start on time."

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, Mortaza hits a good length outside off stump right away, Karthik leans forward and defends confidently with a straight bat towards cover

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fullr length from Mortaza, angling into off and mddle stump, Karthik waits on the back foot and defends to midwicket

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 wide, big movement for Mortaza, that pitched wide outside off stump and moved sharply further away from the batsman, Karthik lets it go and the umpire calls it wide, India are away

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, far better line, that pitches much closer to off stump and leaves the right hander, Karthik moves on to the front foot and shoulders arms

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Karthik covers the line and defends on the back foot

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, pitches on off and cuts sharply into Karthik who plays back and gets hit high on the thigh

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, Mortaza finishes an impressive first over by pitching one on a good length outside off stump and seaming it away from Karthik who watchfully lets it go

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

Jaffer to face his first ball. Remember he bagged a pair at Chittagong. Syed Rasel will bowl from over the wicket.

1.1

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, good length ball pitches on off stump and straightens after angling across the right-hander, Jaffer defends on the back foot

1.2

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, defended solidly towards cover on the front foot

Just two slips in place for Rasel.

1.3

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, 1 run, dangerous shot, Rasel pitched that on off and middle stump and brought it back into Jaffer who moved across and flicked it through square leg, he'd have been in trouble had he missed but he's off the mark

1.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, fuller ball to Karthik and that kept low as well, defended on the front foot to mid off

1.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, this one seams away from the right hander instead of srtaightening and Karthik has a poke outside the off stump and gets beaten

1.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Karthik covers the line and defends on the back foot

End of over 2 (1 run) India 2/0
KD Karthik    0* (9b)      Syed Rasel    1-0-1-0
W Jaffer    1* (3b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-1-0

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, short of length, pitching just outside off stump and angling into Jaffer who moves back and defends back to the bowler

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, Mortaza's right on the mark once again, Jaffer watchfully plays it off the back foot towards the off side

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, 128 kmh that was, on a good length and cutting back into Jaffer, defended off the pads to midwicket

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, 133 kmh and this time Mortaza pitches in outside off stump and moves it away from Jaffer who is content to watch it through to Mashud

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, 1 run, a fraction too short from Mortaza and the line is on leg stump, Jaffer tucks it off his hips for a single behind square

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller length pitching wide outside off stump, Karthik lets it go once again, he's faced ten balls so far and isn't off the mark yet

End of over 3 (1 run) India 3/0
KD Karthik    0* (10b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-2-0
W Jaffer    2* (8b)      Syed Rasel    1-0-1-0

3.1

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, too straight from Rasel, leg and middle stump line, Jaffer flicks it off his pads but can't beat the man at midwicket, the bounce has been rather low so far

3.2

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, defended back to the bowler on the back foot

3.3

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, 3 runs, Rasel pitches outside leg stump once again and this time Jaffer flicks it off his pads behind square, the batsmen run two comfortably and then Karthik sprints back for the third

3.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, good length ball outside the off stump, Karthik pushes towards cover on the front foot, he thinks of the single after a mis field but decides against it

3.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, 2 runs, middle and leg stump line once more, Karthik flicks and then falls over because that kept low once again, he's placed that nicely between mid on and midwicket and will get two

3.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, excellent delivery to finish, Rasel pitches that on off stump and angles it away from Karthik who drives away from his body and gets beaten

End of over 4 (5 runs) India 8/0
KD Karthik    2* (13b)      Syed Rasel    2-0-6-0
W Jaffer    5* (11b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-2-0

4.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, impeccable line and length from Mortaza, just outside off stump, Jaffer gets drawn into the front foot drive and the ball leaves him late and misses the outside edge

4.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, this time Mortaza pitches it a little wider and Jaffer has no trouble in letting it go

4.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, fuller length on off stump, Jaffer plants the front foot forward and defends to cover

4.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, poor ball and Jaffer misses out, Mortaza strays on to middle and leg, Jaffer flicks and times it well but the placement is poor, straight to the man at midwicket

4.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, on a good length just outside the off stump, not much you can do with that but defend or let it go, Jaffer does the latter

4.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Jaffer waits on the back foot, opens the face and plays it to point

End of over 5 (maiden) India 8/0
W Jaffer    5* (17b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-1-2-0
KD Karthik    2* (13b)      Syed Rasel    2-0-6-0

5.1

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, fullish delivery on middle and off stump, Karthik moves forward and defends back to Rasel

5.2

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, full and a touch wider from Rasel, angling across the right hander from over the wicket, Karthik pushes forward and defends towards cover point

5.3

Syed Rasel to Karthik, FOUR, Karthik pushes hard at one that is pitched on a good length and shapes away from him, the ball takes the outside edge and flies between second slip and gully, there's no third man and Karthik scores India's first boundary in streaky fashion

5.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended on the front foot to mid on

5.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, punched off the front foot to mid off this time

5.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, FOUR, lovely shot, Rasel bowls it too full on off stump, Karthik grabs his chance and with a quick back lift he punches it straight back past the bowler to the long-off boundary

End of over 6 (8 runs) India 16/0
KD Karthik    10* (19b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    3-0-14-0
W Jaffer    5* (17b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-1-2-0

6.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, 1 run, Mortaza bangs it in short, the ball rises into Jaffer's rib cage and he fends it down on the leg side off the back foot

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller ball on off and middle stuff, Karthik defends on the front foot towards the leg side

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller length outside the off stump, Karthik moves forward and drives towards cover

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, good length ball swinging back into Karthik from off stump, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

6.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short of a length on off and middle stump, Karthik moves on to the back foot and drives to mid on

6.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 leg bye, pitches on off stump and cuts back into Karthik who tries to whip it off his hips but gets hit on the thigh for a leg bye

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 18/0
KD Karthik    10* (24b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-1-3-0
W Jaffer    6* (18b)      Syed Rasel    3-0-14-0

7.1

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, dropped! Shakid Al Hasan grasses a simple chance at second slip, Karthik drove away from his body at one that moved away from him and got a thick edge through to second slip, it was at a perfect height for Hasan but he went too hard at it and fluffed it

7.2

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, once more Rasel induces an edge with one that moves away from Karthik but this time it falls short of first slip

7.3

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, defended on the leg side on the back foot

7.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, 1 no ball, Rasel over steps on this occasion, that carried through nicely to Mashud

7.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, on a good length angling across Karthik who moves his front foot towards the ball and defends to cover

7.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, short of a length ball that moves away from Karthik after pitching on off stump, left alone by the batsman

7.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, this time Rasel bowls it fuller and closer to Karthik who gets behind the line and defends on the off side

End of over 8 (1 run) India 19/0
KD Karthik    10* (31b 2x4)      Syed Rasel    4-0-15-0
W Jaffer    6* (18b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-1-3-0

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, he's got it up to 135kmh now, this one pitched a touch too wide outside off stump for Jaffer to be interested in playing it

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, Mortaza fires in the bouncer, Jaffer gets into position to hook it but bails out of the shot at the last minute

8.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, 2 runs, nicely placed by Jaffer, he moved on to the back foot wuickly and punched a short of a length ball past the fielder at mid off

8.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, 1 run, Mortaza strays on to leg stump and Jaffer flicks it down to deep fine leg for a single

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, tight line and length this time, around off and middle stump, Karthik moves back and across and defends

8.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, Mortaza bangs in another short ball on off stump, Karthik drops to his knees and gets out of the way

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 22/0
KD Karthik    10* (33b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-1-6-0
W Jaffer    9* (22b)      Syed Rasel    4-0-15-0

9.1

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, 1 run, Jaffer pushes it off the back foot into the gap between point and cover for a single

9.2

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik moves his front foot across and defends towards cover

9.3

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, Rasel pitches it close to off stump and swings it away from Karthik who lets it go

9.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, Rasel bowls the bouncer this time, Karthik gets under it quickly

9.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump and Karthik leans forward and flicks in front of mdwicket for one

9.6

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, FOUR, too short from Rasel and at his gentle pace you can't bowl there, Jaffer has plenty of time to swivel, roll his wrists and oull the ball through square leg for four

After ten overs India have moved on to 27 for no loss without much fuss. Jaffer has looked solid and Karthik has too, apart from one chance that was missed at slip.

End of over 10 (6 runs) India 28/0
W Jaffer    14* (24b 1x4)      Syed Rasel    5-0-21-0
KD Karthik    11* (37b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-1-6-0

Mohammad Sharif replaces Mortaza. He'll be bowling from over the wicket at Karthik.

10.1

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, good length ball outside the off stump, the seam was nice and upright for that ball, Karthik lets it go

10.2

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, wide outside the off stump this time, Karthik leaves it once again and that ball really died on its way through to Mashud behind the stumps

10.3

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, 1 no ball, fuller ball on off stump, a no ball, Karthik tries to drive hard through the off side and gets an inside edge towards leg

10.3

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, 125 kmh from Sharif, that ball pitched wide outside the off stump and though it cut in towards the batsman it was wide enough for Karthik to let it go

10.4

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, Karthik leans forward to drive on the front foot but mis-times it towards cover

10.5

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, full ball slipping down leg side, Karthik moves across and tries to flick but misses it, Mashud moves quickly to his left and makes a tumbling save

10.6

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, full and wide outside the off stump, Karthik moves forward and drives hard and away from his body, the ball keeps low once again and Mashud takes it on the second bounce

End of over 11 (1 run) India 29/0
KD Karthik    11* (44b 2x4)      Mohammad Sharif    1-0-1-0
W Jaffer    14* (24b 1x4)      Syed Rasel    5-0-21-0

11.1

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, pitches on middle and off stump and moves away from Jaffer who waits on the back foot and punches it to cover

11.2

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, 1 run, short of a length ball on leg and middle, Jaffer pushes it to mid on and calls for the single, Rafique picks up and shies at the non-striker's end, it would have been close had he hit

11.3

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

11.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Karthik moves on to the front foot and blocks

11.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, full once again outside off stump, Karthik drives towards point on the front foot

11.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, FOUR, outstanding shot, Rasel bowls it a fraction short and and his pace, around the early 120, allows Karthik the time to jump on to the back foot and drive with a straight bat, that raced past the bowler and mid off had no chance

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 34/0
KD Karthik    15* (48b 3x4)      Syed Rasel    6-0-26-0
W Jaffer    15* (26b 1x4)      Mohammad Sharif    1-0-1-0

12.1

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, Jaffer moves back and across and plays his first cut short of the morning, he's hit that really well but placed it straight to the man at point

12.2

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, another ball bounces a second time before reaching Mashud after Jaffer lets it go

12.3

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, FOUR, Jaffer gets into the act, Sharif bowls that too full and striaght, Jaffer moves forward and across with perfect balance and plays an elegant on-drive that beats mid on and reaches the fence

12.4

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, defended on the back foot back to Sharif, that kept low once again

12.5

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, Sharif pushes it through at 126kmh outside the off stump, Jaffer watches it go past

12.6

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Jaffer lets it go once more and Mashud takes it near his ankles

That's the end of the first hour and the players are taking drinks.

Masud writes in to say "I was suprised to see that Bashar opted field after winning the toss. You can do that if and only if you do have good pace attack and wickets helps pacers. After losing Shahadat, I don't believe he does have such a good pace attack. He will soon realise his mistake. I'll be happy if I am wrong."

Shankar says that India should have gone in with a different XI. "Don't you think India should have played VVS Laxman and Yuvraj instead of Sachin and Sourav? After getting two centuries what do they still have to prove in this hot and humid conditions? Atleast we could have given Test match practice to Laxman and Yuvraj ahead of England series. These two are not 'weaker' or 'less talented' batsmen by any measure."

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 38/0
W Jaffer    19* (32b 2x4)      Mohammad Sharif    2-0-5-0
KD Karthik    15* (48b 3x4)      Syed Rasel    6-0-26-0

The pitch has kept low so far and getting on to the front foot has been the order of the day unless the ball is pitched really short. Bangladesh will be ruing that dropped chance of Karthik because the Indian openers have done an excellent job of seeing off the new ball.

13.1

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, lack of pace from Rasel as he sprays it wide outside the off stump, Karthik chases it but hardly times it as the ball rolls to the off side

13.2

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, fuller in length closer to off stump, Karthik pushes it to the off side

13.3

Syed Rasel to Karthik, 2 runs, outswing from Rasel as the ball angles away from Karthik, he leans forward and drives through the line and places it wide of mid-off

13.4

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, bouncer, Rasel thuds it in wth full force and Karthik takes evasive action

13.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, pushed back to th off side off the backfoot

13.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, shorter in length and shaping away, Karthik goes back and places it towards point

End of over 14 (2 runs) India 40/0
KD Karthik    17* (54b 3x4)      Syed Rasel    7-0-28-0
W Jaffer    19* (32b 2x4)      Mohammad Sharif    2-0-5-0

14.1

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run

14.2

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, FOUR, short and wide, Jaffer gets back and cuts it with force past point

14.3

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, left alone outside the off stump, the ball is rarely rising up to waist height

14.4

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run

14.5

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, once more Sharif bowls it too wide for Jaffer to play a shot at it

14.6

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, short of a length ball outside the off stump, Jaffer moves forward and lets it go, Mashud bends down to his boots and collects it, he's getting a solid workout today

End of over 15 (4 runs) India 44/0
W Jaffer    23* (38b 3x4)      Mohammad Sharif    3-0-9-0
KD Karthik    17* (54b 3x4)      Syed Rasel    7-0-28-0

Bashar brings back Mortaza to try and break this partnership. He's charging in from over the wicket with two slips waiting for the edge.

15.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, he has Karthik in tourble right away, Mortaza angles the ball into Karthik's pads, he moves back and tries to flick but the ball beats the bat and crashes into the leg just between the pad and the thigh pad, Karthik hobbles away and calls for the physio, John Gloster

The players are using the hold up to have another drink. We're ready to continue now.

15.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, Mortaza fires it in at 135 kmh outside the off stump and even at that pace, Mashud ends up collecting it below his knee

15.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik moves back in his crease and drives to point

15.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Karthik gets on to the back foot and punches to cover

15.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, defended on the back foot back to Mortaza

15.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Karthik is late in getting forward and drives it on the move towards cover

Abhishek writes in saying, "Shankar I completely disagree with you. If India needs to pick its best playing XI, and form a consistent outfit then it needs to make sure that they pick their best players. On current form, Sourav is India's most consistent batsman. Even Sachin is getting amongst the runs. If a team is going to follow a strategy (such as India which has opted to play five bowlers) then they need to stick to it! Changing and chopping the team around is only going to cause friction amongst players."

End of over 16 (maiden) India 44/0
KD Karthik    17* (60b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-2-6-0
W Jaffer    23* (38b 3x4)      Mohammad Sharif    3-0-9-0

16.1

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, good length ball but Sharif's line is far too wide outside the off stump, Jaffer lets it go

16.2

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, FOUR, and when he bowls it closer to off stump, the length is too full, Jaffer leans on to the front foot, perfectly balanced, and unveils a gorgeous cover drive that races to the boundary

16.3

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, now it's wider outside the off stump once more and Jaffer shoulders arms

16.4

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, a fraction shorter outside off stump and Jaffer seems to have ample amounts of time as he waits on the back foot and plays the square drive to point

16.5

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, fuller ball angling into off stump, Jaffer moves forward and drives to mid off, he didn't time the shot well because he was late in getting forward

16.6

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 2 runs, short of a legnth ball that angles into the pads, Jaffer flicks it in front of midwicket for a two to end the over

Sharif has struggled to get a rhythm going so far. His line has been too wide.

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 50/0
W Jaffer    29* (44b 4x4)      Mohammad Sharif    4-0-15-0
KD Karthik    17* (60b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-2-6-0

17.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, good length on off stump, Karthik gets his front foot across towards off stump and defends to cover

17.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik lets it go

17.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, defended on the back foot towards cover

17.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, Mortaza bends his back and grunts as he lets a bouncer rip, Mashud collects that over his head but to get it to bounce that high Mortaza had to pitch it really short and Karthik ducks under it easily

17.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller length cutting back into Karthik who defends back to the bowler

17.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, good length ball on off stump, Karthik moves forward and defends on the off side

"Considering how low and slow the pitch is, did we err in not picking Rajesh Pawar? Three spinners could have been a handful on a fourth-innings pitch. And Ishant Sharma's main weapon is bounce, which is definitely out of the equation on this pitch," says R Rajesh, not to be confused with our S Rajesh.

End of over 18 (maiden) India 50/0
KD Karthik    17* (66b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-3-6-0
W Jaffer    29* (44b 4x4)      Mohammad Sharif    4-0-15-0

We're going to see spin for the first time today. Mohammad Rafique it shall be, from round the wicket. There's a slip and a silly point in place for him.

18.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, floated through the air outside off stump, Jaffer lets it go perhaps thinking it will turn away from him , it doesn't and was rather close to off stump

18.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended to cover on the back foot

18.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, driven on the front foot to mid off

18.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, flatter through the air and Jaffer pushes it towards mid off

18.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, fuller ball on leg stump, Jaffer tries to go back and flick but misses and the ball hits the pad and goes towards point

18.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, tossed up on off and middle stump, Jaffer puts his front foot forward and blocks, he has to be very careful that he plays down the right line or else he's an lbw candidate

End of over 19 (maiden) India 50/0
W Jaffer    29* (50b 4x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-1-0-0
KD Karthik    17* (66b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-3-6-0

19.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 no ball, Mortaza over-steps, Karthik gets on to the front foot and drives to cover

19.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, good length ball angling into off stump from just outside, Karthik gets half forward and defends to cover, he's not found his timing yet today

19.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller ball on middle and leg, Karthik tries to flick but gets beaten for pace and falls over after the ball hits his pad

19.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, solid defence this time, Karthik moves forward quickly and meets a good length ball from Mortaza with a straight bat and plays it to mid off

19.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short ball outside the off stump, too short to worry the batsman and Karthik sways out of the way

19.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short of a length on off and middle stump, Karthik moves back and across and defends to mid on with a straight bat

19.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, wayward ball, Mortaza looks to dig it short and fires it well down leg side, Harper doesn't call it wide

End of over 20 (1 run) India 51/0
KD Karthik    17* (73b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-3-7-0
W Jaffer    29* (50b 4x4)      Mohammad Rafique    1-1-0-0

Karthik hasn't scored off the last 20 balls Mortaza has bowled to him.

20.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, FOUR, Rafique bowls it too short and on leg side, Jaffer moves back and flicks neatly off his pads to the square leg fence

20.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended to mid off on the back foot

20.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Jaffer moves forward and defends to silly point

20.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, faster through the air on off and middle stump, the angle is coming in with the arm to Jaffer who defends with bat and pad close together

20.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, shorter outside the off stump, Jaffer moves back and drives to cover

20.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, Rafique drifts on to the pads and Jaffer clips it off the back foot through square leg

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 56/0
W Jaffer    34* (56b 5x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-1-5-0
KD Karthik    17* (73b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-3-7-0

The batsmen are having another drink. It's terribly hot and humid in Mirpur today, 33 degrees Celsius and 95% humidity was the forecast. Shakib Al Hasan replaces Mortaza.

21.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, FOUR, full toss outside the off stump and Jaffer dispatches it to the fence with a cover drive

21.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

21.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, pushed towards the leg side on the front foot

21.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, fired in flat and quick on off and middle stump, Jaffer moves forward, head down and defends back to the bowler

21.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, pushed back to Shakib on the front foot

21.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, Shakib is firing them in flat on off and middle, Jaffer leans foward and drives to mid on

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 60/0
W Jaffer    38* (62b 6x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-4-0
KD Karthik    17* (73b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    2-1-5-0

22.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, bowled flat and fast on leg stump, Karthik tries to turn it through square leg but gets hit on the pad

22.2

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

22.3

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, flicked off the pads through midwicket for one

22.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Rafique bowls the arm ball on middle and off stump, Jaffer plays back and defends

22.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the front foot back to Rafique

22.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Rafique really zipped through that over, the last ball was defended back to him again

End of over 23 (1 run) India 61/0
W Jaffer    38* (65b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    3-1-6-0
KD Karthik    18* (76b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-4-0

23.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Karthik, 1 run, fuller ball outside the off stump, Karthik leans forward and drives to cover for a single

23.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, bowled flat on off stump, Jaffer drives on the front foot back to Shakib

23.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, that was nearly in the blockhole, Jaffer digs it out back to the bowler

23.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, driven towards cover on the front foot

23.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, Jaffer meets the ball on the bounce and drives to cover once again

23.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Jaffer, no run, tight stuff this from Shakib, flat and fast on off stump, driven to cover

End of over 24 (1 run) India 62/0
W Jaffer    38* (70b 6x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-5-0
KD Karthik    19* (77b 3x4)      Mohammad Rafique    3-1-6-0

24.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, tossed up on leg and mddle stump, Karthik leans forward and turns it behind square for one

24.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

24.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, full ball on off and middle, played back to Rafique witha straight bat

24.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, driven to mid on off the front foot

24.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, that one kicked off the surface after pitching on middle stump, Jaffer went back and flicked it to midwicket

24.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 2 runs, flat and fast on leg stump, Jaffer gos on to the back foot and flicks through midwicket, Ashraful chases and pulls it in just inside the ropes

End of over 25 (3 runs) India 65/0
W Jaffer    40* (75b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    4-1-9-0
KD Karthik    20* (78b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-5-0

25.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Karthik, no run, Karthik moves foward and defends but plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the pad, Shakib appeals but that was missing leg

25.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

25.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Karthik, 2 runs, Karthik pushes forward in defence again but gets an inside edge that runs down towards fine leg

25.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Karthik, no run, pushed gently off the front foot towards cover

25.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot once again to the off side

25.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Karthik, no run, Karthik sweeps but gets hit on the pad off the last ball before lunch, the impact was just outside off stump but that sweep shot from Karthik on the stroke of lunch was unnecessary from India's point of view

Lunch, 12 pm That's lunch on the first day at Mirpur. The cricket has not been of the most attractive variety but the pitch has played low and the ball has not come on to the bat. It hasn't offered much to the fast bowlers either and India have gone into lunch without loss after Bashar asked them to bat.

India have scored at 2.57 runs per over and Siyaram has this to say, "Personally speaking I do not like the idea of opening the Indian innings with Karthik and Jaffer as both are not attacking batsmen. When Sehwag used to open even if the non striker was not scoring the run rate was quite healthy. The Indian team in whole looks very dull and there is no enthusiasm."

I'll be back in 40 minutes for the second session. Do join me then.

End of over 26 (2 runs) India 67/0
KD Karthik    22* (84b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-7-0
W Jaffer    40* (75b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    4-1-9-0

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26.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 2 runs, Rafique drops a fraction short on middle and leg stump, whipped off the pads through midwicket

26.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Rafique's dropped a sitter! Jaffer got on the back foot and drove one straight back at Rafique, it was hit gently at thigh height and Rafique got both hands to it but couldn't hold on

26.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run

26.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

26.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, pushed to the leg side on the back foot

26.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, left alone outside the off stump, Jaffer's lucky to survive this over

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 69/0
W Jaffer    42* (81b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-1-11-0
KD Karthik    22* (84b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-7-0

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Mortaza will bowl from the other end.

27.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fullsh delivery outside the off stump, Karthil gets forward, reaches for it and hits the cover drive straight to the fielder

27.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short of a length ball on off stump, Karthik defends on the front foot to cover

27.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 2 runs, excellent cover drive, Karthik leans forward, transferring his weight on the front foot and meets the ball on the pitch and eases it through cover, it would have been four but mid-off ran across and got a hand to it

27.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, FOUR, outstanding shot, Karthik latches on to a full and straight ball from Mortaza and plays the on drive to perfection, he timed that better than anything else today

27.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, FOUR, this was timed just as well, another full ball from Mortaza and Karthik leans forward and this time plays the off drive past the bowler for four

27.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, FOUR, this time Mortaza strays on to the pads and Karthik whips it down to the fine leg fence, three superb boundaries in that over and Karthik has come out a different batsman after the lunch break

End of over 28 (14 runs) India 83/0
KD Karthik    36* (90b 6x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-3-21-0
W Jaffer    42* (81b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    5-1-11-0

28.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the back foot to Rafique

28.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Jaffer leans forward and defends one to silly point

28.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, a touch too short on off stump from Rafique, Jaffer waits on the back foot and drives to mid off

28.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

28.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, flat and straight on middle stump, Jaffer moves back and defends to the bowler

28.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, blocked on the front foot on the off side

End of over 29 (maiden) India 83/0
W Jaffer    42* (87b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    6-2-11-0
KD Karthik    36* (90b 6x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-3-21-0

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29.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik leans on to the front foot and drives to cover

29.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, fuller length outside the off stump, Karthik drives on the up but straight to the man at cover

29.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 2 runs, superb placement, Karthik jumps on to the back foot because the length is just a bit short and drives the ball between cover and point, he's looked to play with urgency after the break

29.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, Karthik drives another full ball superbly to mid-on, the placement wasn't good but the timing was impeccable

Mortaza was hobbling after delivering the previous ball. He's just gone of the field to get his leg looked at. We'll keep you posted on his condition. Rasel will finish the over.

29.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, FOUR, pitches on off stump and angles away from Karthik from over the wicket, Karthik reaches out for it, opens the face and runs it fine down to the third-man fence

29.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, 2 runs, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik stands tall on the back foot and steers it behind point

End of over 30 (8 runs) India 91/0
KD Karthik    44* (96b 7x4)      Syed Rasel    7.2-0-34-0
W Jaffer    42* (87b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    6-2-11-0

30.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Rafique strays on to middle and leg and Jaffer goes back to flick to midwicket

30.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, turned off the pads through square leg for one

30.3

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, tossed up on off and middle, Karthik comes forward and drives inside out to cover

30.4

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 2 runs, bowled flat on leg side, Karthik goes down on one knee and sweeps to fine leg

30.5

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, flat ball on a good length around off and middle stump, Karthik defends to mid on

30.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot to silly point

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 94/0
KD Karthik    46* (100b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    7-2-14-0
W Jaffer    43* (89b 6x4)      Syed Rasel    7.2-0-34-0

Karthik has scored 24 runs off 16 balls since lunch.

31.1

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, short of a length, pitching on off stump and angling away from Jaffer who waits on the back foot and drives to point

31.2

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, 1 run, fuller length outside the off stump, Jaffer leans on to the front foot and dabs the ball in front of point for a single

31.3

Syed Rasel to Karthik, 1 run, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik cuts down to third man

31.4

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, 1 run, fuller length outside the off stump, angling away from Jaffer who reaches out and tries to drive, the thick outside edge flies down to third man

31.5

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, short ball that angles away from Karthik, he moves back and tries to pull it, he was in no position to play the shot and ends up swatting it awkwardly to midwicket

31.6

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, defended on the back foot to cover

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 97/0
KD Karthik    47* (103b 7x4)      Syed Rasel    8.2-0-37-0
W Jaffer    45* (92b 6x4)      Mohammad Rafique    7-2-14-0

32.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, full ball on middle and leg stump, driven to mid on

32.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, full on leg once again, Jaffer pushes it to mid on on the front foot

32.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended to silly point

32.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, Jaffer drives to mid off and sets off for a quick single

32.5

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

32.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, full ball and Karthik should have played forward to that, instead he went back and defended it to cover

End of over 33 (1 run) India 98/0
KD Karthik    47* (105b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    8-2-15-0
W Jaffer    46* (96b 6x4)      Syed Rasel    8.2-0-37-0

33.1

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, 1 run, good length angling across him, he comes onto the front foot and pushes softly between cover and point and jogs a single

33.2

Syed Rasel to Karthik, no run, good length just outside off stump once again, he comes forward and drives to cover

33.3

Syed Rasel to Karthik, 1 run, angled fuller and wider, he opens the face and runs it down to third man to raise the 100 for India

33.4

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, FOUR, this time he drags it short and in a flash Jaffer gets into position, pulling well in the gap at midwicket for four to get to his seventh Test fifty

33.5

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, fuller on and around off stump, he stands and whips it to midwicket

33.6

Syed Rasel to Jaffer, no run, back of a length on off stump this time, Jaffer shuffles across, stands tall, and rolls the wrists to place it to Nafees at square leg

End of over 34 (6 runs) India 104/0
W Jaffer    51* (100b 7x4)      Syed Rasel    9.2-0-43-0
KD Karthik    48* (107b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    8-2-15-0

34.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, and how close is that? Rafique tosses it full on leg stump, Karthik gets down to sweep, misses, and they all go up in appeal...the ball was going down leg stump and he was pretty forward, but thats a very hard call

34.2

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, FOUR, tossed up, he comes out and drives well through the covers

34.3

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, FOUR, and again, he uses the feet well and times this one superbly past mid-off for another four

34.4

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, tossed up again, he drives to the off side

34.5

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, holds it back a fraction, he comes forward and drives to mid-off

34.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, tossed up, comes forward and defends it

End of over 35 (9 runs) India 113/0
W Jaffer    51* (101b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    9-2-24-0
KD Karthik    57* (112b 9x4)      Syed Rasel    9.2-0-43-0

Mohammad Sharif replaces Rasel, bowling from over the wicket. One slp in place.

35.1

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Karthik hardly moves his feet as he reaches out and cuts hard through point for four

35.2

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, full ball on of and mddle, Karthik walks into it and punches to mid on, he's keen on the single initially but decides against it

35.3

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, Karthik leans forward and drives a full ball on the up into the covers

35.4

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, 2 runs, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik moves back and across, waits for the ball and chops down on it really late to play it down to third man

35.5

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, FOUR, Sharif serves up a half volley on the pads, Karthik leans across and flicks uppishly but in the gap at midwicket, the ball slows up in the outfield but has enough on it to reach the fence

35.6

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, 1 run, driven hard into the ground straight back at the bowler and the ball bounces over Sharif's head for a single

End of over 36 (11 runs) India 124/0
KD Karthik    68* (118b 11x4)      Mohammad Sharif    5-0-26-0
W Jaffer    51* (101b 7x4)      Mohammad Rafique    9-2-24-0

36.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, full ball angled into the pads, Karthik flicks on the front foot to midwicket

36.2

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, turned off the pads through square leg for one

36.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, driven on the front foot to wide mid off

36.4

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, Rafique bowls it flat and fast down leg side, Karthik tries to flick but doesn't make any contact

36.5

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, driven elegantly to cover on the front foot

36.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, defended to midwicket on the back foot this time

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 126/0
KD Karthik    69* (123b 11x4)      Mohammad Rafique    10-2-26-0
W Jaffer    52* (102b 7x4)      Mohammad Sharif    5-0-26-0

There are a few umbrellas out but fret not, those are for the sun and not the rain. Mortaza is back on the field, at cover.

37.1

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 1 leg bye, pitches outside off stump and cuts back into Jaffer who tries to flick but gets beaten, the ball hits him high on the pad, Sharif appeals but Harper says not out

37.2

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot to the off side

37.3

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, good length on off stump, Karthik plays it to Mortaza at extra cover

37.4

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, 1 run, Sharif errs on the fuller side, Karthik comes forward and drives to mid off, he calls for the single as soon as he hits the ball and completes it easily

37.5

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, short of a length on off stump and angling into Jaffer who waits in his crease without moving his feet and defends back to the bowler

37.6

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 1 run, flicked wide of the man at mid-on for a single

End of over 38 (3 runs) India 129/0
W Jaffer    53* (105b 7x4)      Mohammad Sharif    6-0-28-0
KD Karthik    70* (126b 11x4)      Mohammad Rafique    10-2-26-0

38.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, FOUR, a freebie from Rafique and Jaffer helps himself, that was short and wide outside the off stump, Jaffer moves back and drives through the covers for four

38.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run

38.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the leg side

38.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, full ball on off stump, Jaffer leans forward and drives to long off

38.5

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, tossed up on middle and off stump, Karthik covers the line and blocks on the front foot

38.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, Rafique pushes it quickly through the air and Karthik gets on to the front foot and defends

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 134/0
KD Karthik    70* (128b 11x4)      Mohammad Rafique    11-2-31-0
W Jaffer    58* (109b 8x4)      Mohammad Sharif    6-0-28-0

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39.1

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, good length ball outside the off stump, played to cover on the front foot

39.2

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, full ball outside the off stump, Jaffer leans into it and drives confidently to cover

39.3

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, good length on off stump, Jaffer moves forward and drives straight to mid off

39.4

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 1 run, full ball on leg stump, Jaffer flicks with ease but Bashar has posted a man on the square leg fence so he'll get just the single

39.5

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, full ball once again, Karthik drives it straight back at Sharif who reaches to his right and fields it

39.6

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, driven on the up to mid-off

End of over 40 (1 run) India 135/0
KD Karthik    70* (130b 11x4)      Mohammad Sharif    7-0-29-0
W Jaffer    59* (113b 8x4)      Mohammad Rafique    11-2-31-0

40.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Rafique drops short on middle stump, flicked off the back foot to square leg

40.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, tossed up on off and middle, Jaffer leans forward and turns it to midwicket

40.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended back to the bowler

40.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, driven on the up to Ashraful at cover

40.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, driven down to long off for one

40.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, FOUR, Karthik steps down the track to Rafique and lofts a full toss effortlessly down to wide long on, that's four and drinks

"What did Karthik have for lunch?" asks Rohit. "He seems to have completely transformed the game! Is it possible that he has instructions from the management to speed up things?"

End of over 41 (5 runs) India 140/0
KD Karthik    74* (131b 12x4)      Mohammad Rafique    12-2-36-0
W Jaffer    60* (118b 8x4)      Mohammad Sharif    7-0-29-0

There's an omnious looking cloud hanging around. Sidharth says it visits every day and it's approaching the stadium.

41.1

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, pushed off the back foot to mid off

41.2

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, full length from Sharif, Jaffer moves forward and drives on the front foot to mid off

41.3

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, Sharif is full once again and Jaffer drives it straight back at him, Sharif gets a hand on it and the ball just misses the stumps with Karthik well short of his crease at the non-striker's end, what exactly is the need to back up so far?

41.4

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 1 run, driven on the up into the covers

41.5

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, huge appeal for caught behind is turned down, Sharif bowled it short and wide outside the off stump, Karthik reached out for it and tried to upper cut it to third man, it looked like there was a deviation but the umpire said not out, Sharif cannot believe it

41.6

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, defended to cover on the front foot

End of over 42 (1 run) India 141/0
KD Karthik    74* (133b 12x4)      Mohammad Sharif    8-0-30-0
W Jaffer    61* (122b 8x4)      Mohammad Rafique    12-2-36-0

42.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, this one kept very low and Jaffer played it off the back foot in front of middle stump

42.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended back to the bowler on the back foot

42.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, driven to covers on the front foot

42.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, FOUR, Rafique drifts on to leg and Jaffer nonchalantly flicks off his pads through midwicket for four

42.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run

42.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, driven down to long off for a single

End of over 43 (6 runs) India 147/0
KD Karthik    75* (134b 12x4)      Mohammad Rafique    13-2-42-0
W Jaffer    66* (127b 9x4)      Mohammad Sharif    8-0-30-0

43.1

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, good length ball on off stump, driven on the front foot towards cover

43.2

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, good length ball angling into middle stump, Karthik leans across and plays it to midwicket

43.3

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, no run, short of a length outside the off stump, Karthik waits for it and plays it to point

43.4

Mohammad Sharif to Karthik, 1 run, full length once again on leg stump, Karthik moves across and flicks to midwicket where a misfield allows the single

43.5

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, Sharif keeps it full on off stump, Jaffer drives to mid off on the front foot

43.6

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, defended on the front foot to the off side

End of over 44 (1 run) India 148/0
W Jaffer    66* (129b 9x4)      Mohammad Sharif    9-0-31-0
KD Karthik    76* (138b 12x4)      Mohammad Rafique    13-2-42-0

"Karthik seems to have an amazing temperament. He was obviously struggling this morning. He seems to have made necessary consultations/corrections during lunch and come out with a strong intent to dominate," says Srinivas.

44.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, fired in on off stump, Karthik cuts it to point

44.2

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, Rafique bowls it a fraction too straight and Karthik works it off his pads to midwicket

44.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, tucked off the pads once again, this time by Jaffer, for a single through square leg

44.4

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, too short outside the off stump, Karthik plays the cut but straight to the fielder at point

44.5

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, Karthik steps down the track and pushes it to midwicket

44.6

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

End of over 45 (2 runs) India 150/0
KD Karthik    77* (143b 12x4)      Mohammad Rafique    14-2-44-0
W Jaffer    67* (130b 9x4)      Mohammad Sharif    9-0-31-0

Karthik has some trouble with his arm, John Gloster, the physio, is out there rubbing the area just below the elbow. No word on Mortaza's condition as yet. He's back on the field after he hobbled off, but hasn't had a bowl yet.

45.1

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, good length ball angling into off stump, Jaffer leans forward and defends on the off side

45.2

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, short of a length on off stump, Jaffer gets on to the front foot and drives hard back at the bowler

45.3

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 2 runs, Jaffer leans forward and opens the face of the bat to play a good length ball down to third man

45.4

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, no run, full ball on off stump, Jaffer gets forward and times the straight drive well, Sharif is quick to get down on his follow through and stop it

45.5

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 2 runs, Jaffer leans across to a full delivery on the pads and flicks it through midwicket, they really should have run more than just one

45.6

Mohammad Sharif to Jaffer, 1 run, short of a length outside the off stump, Jaffer drives through the covers for one

End of over 46 (5 runs) India 155/0
W Jaffer    72* (136b 9x4)      Mohammad Sharif    10-0-36-0
KD Karthik    77* (143b 12x4)      Mohammad Rafique    14-2-44-0

46.1

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

46.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Rafique tosses it up on middle and leg, Jaffer plays forward and gets hit on the pad

46.3

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, FOUR, tossed up on middle and leg once more, Jaffer drives hard, beats the diving attempt from the man at mid on and gets four

46.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run

46.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the front foot to silly point

46.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 no ball, Rafique oversteps this time, marginal call, he'll have to re-bowl that one

46.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 47 (5 runs) India 160/0
W Jaffer    76* (143b 10x4)      Mohammad Rafique    15-2-49-0
KD Karthik    77* (143b 12x4)      Mohammad Sharif    10-0-36-0

Mashrafe Mortaza has been given another spell.

47.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 run, full outside the off stump at 125kmh, Karthik gets on to the front foot and drives through cover

47.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, 1 run, Jaffer gets on to the front foot and drives a full length delivery through the covers

47.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, Mortaza bowls the slower bouncer at 120kmh, Karthik tries to get on top of it and cut but gets beaten

47.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, short ball outside the off stump, Karthik lets it go

47.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, no run, full toss outside the off stump, Karthik tries to drive it past Shakib at point but doesn't time it well enough

47.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 run, another full toss but this time it's low and on middle stump, Karthik gets forward and clips it between midwicket and mid on

End of over 48 (3 runs) India 163/0
KD Karthik    79* (148b 12x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    10.4-3-26-0
W Jaffer    77* (144b 10x4)      Mohammad Rafique    15-2-49-0

48.1

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, worked off the pads through midwicket for a single

48.2

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, 1 run, bowled flat and fast on middle and off stump, Jaffer defends on the front foot and sets off for the single once he sees Karthik racing down the pitch, excellent call

48.3

Mohammad Rafique to Karthik, 1 run, driven down to long off for one more

48.4

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

48.5

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, Jaffer tries to drive through cover but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, he ends up mis-timing it to point

48.6

Mohammad Rafique to Jaffer, no run, played behind square on the leg side

End of over 49 (3 runs) India 166/0
W Jaffer    78* (148b 10x4)      Mohammad Rafique    16-2-52-0
KD Karthik    81* (150b 12x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    10.4-3-26-0

49.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Karthik, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump, Karthik opens the face and steers it down to third man

49.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, Mortaza hasn't found his rhythm yet in this spell, he bowls a full toss on off stump that Jaffer drives straight to cover

49.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, good length ball outside the off stump, Jaffer moves forward and then lets it go

49.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, Mortaza drifts on to middle and leg, Jaffer moves across and clips it off his pads to mid on

49.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, no run, another full toss, just below the waist, Jaffer defends it towards the leg side

49.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jaffer, 1 run, and yet another full toss, this time low and on the pads, Jaffer flicks it to the man on the deep midwicket fence

End of over 50 (2 runs) India 168/0
W Jaffer    79* (153b 10x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    11.4-3-28-0
KD Karthik    82* (151b 12x4)      Mohammad Rafique    16-2-52-0
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India won by an innings and 239 runs
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May 27, 2007

The Indians gather in a huddle to celebrate their series-sealing win over Bangladesh in the second Test, Bangladesh v India, 2nd Test, 3rd day, Mirpur, May 27, 2007

The Indians gather in a huddle to celebrate their series-sealing win over Bangladesh in the second Test

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May 27, 2007

Zaheer Khan accepts the Man of the Match award after bowling India to victory in the second Test against Bangladesh, Bangladesh v India, 2nd Test, 3rd day, Mirpur, May 27, 2007

Zaheer Khan accepts the Man of the Match award after bowling India to victory in the second Test against Bangladesh

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