India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day February 11, 2017

Mushfiqur, Shakib fifties lead Bangladesh's resistance


Bangladesh 322 for 6 (Shakib 82, Mushfiqur 81*, Mehedi 51*, Umesh 2-72) trail India 687 for 6 dec by 365 runs
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India made light work of the Bangladesh top order before fifties from Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mehedi Hasan Miraz hauled the visitors to 322 for 6 in reply to India's 687. Bangladesh's most experienced batsmen, Shakib and Mushfiqur, sparked the resistance with a 107-run partnership off 165 balls. Mushfiqur and the 19-year-old Mehedi, who scored his maiden half-century, then saw off the second new ball and stubbornly played out a wicketless post-tea session.

Glaring errors on the first two days had put Mushfiqur's wicketkeeping and captaincy in the spotlight. On the third afternoon, his running was in the spotlight, and he was frequently caught ball-watching early in his innings, but he overcame it to progress to an unbeaten 81.

When Shakib danced out and drilled R Ashwin to mid-off in the 50th over, Mushfiqur was late to respond to his partner's call for a single. Ravindra Jadeja hunted the ball down and speared it to Wriddhiman Saha, who broke the bails. Mushfiqur had brought out a desperate full-length dive, but his bat had popped up in the air momentarily. The shoulder of the bat was seemingly on the line when the bail came off the groove. Chris Gaffney, the TV umpire, ultimately gave Mushfiqur the benefit of the doubt. He was on 18 at that point.

Mushfiqur then accumulated with sweeps while Shakib reached his maiden Test half-century against India off 69 balls. The scorecard will tell you Shakib hit 14 boundaries, but it was a chancy innings throughout. He repeatedly drove away from the body against the seamers and often drove out of the footmarks against the spinners. The century stand ended when Shakib skipped out and heedlessly dragged a catch against the spin to mid-on.

It was a repeat of his fateful shot against Mitchell Santner on the fifth day in Wellington in January when the Test was on the line. This time he gave Ashwin his 249th wicket in Tests. He was kept waiting for the 250th.

Mushfiqur Rahim brought out a variety of sweeps against the spinners © AFP

A sure-footed Mehedi took over from Shakib and ably complemented Mushfiqur's patience. Mehedi claimed 51 of the unbroken 87-run stand for the seventh wicket after Jadeja had removed Sabbir Rahman ten minutes before tea.

Mehedi dared to club Ashwin over midwicket and even picked a carrom ball and drove it exquisitely through cover. He got to his fifty when he late-cut Ashwin for four in the penultimate over of the day. In the last over, Mushfiqur became the fourth Bangladesh player, after Habibul Bashar, Tamim Iqbal, and Shakib Al Hasan, to reach 3000 runs in Test cricket.

Things weren't as rosy for Bangladesh in the morning session. Tamim fell in the third over of the day, taking on Umesh's arm from the deep. A mix-up resulted in both Tamim and Mominul Haque stopping near the middle of the pitch while running a second. Umesh swooped in from long leg, attacked the ball, and fired a throw to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the bowler, who collected and under-armed adroitly onto the stumps.

In addition to being uncertain while running between the wickets, Mominul was uncertain outside his off stump. Virat Kohli reinforced the slip cordon and even posted a silly mid-on to apply more pressure. Mominul's tentative stay ended on 12 when Umesh trapped him in front with reverse-swing.

Mahmudullah survived a tight lbw call on 6 off Bhuvneshwar with India's review of Joel Wilson's on-field not-out decision returning umpire's call on leg stump. He managed to regroup to put on 45 with Shakib before Ishant Sharma had him lbw with an inswinger for 28. This time Wilson raised his finger, and Mahmudullah coaxed Shakib and reviewed only for ball-tracking to suggest it would have grazed leg stump.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sunny on February 12, 2017, 11:22 GMT

    It seems Ashwin has gone back to his experiment mode. It may work for BD but this silly experiment is not going to work against Warner. Not only Warner can smash him but also completely neutralise him throughout the series. Probably the biggest challenge for a indian spinner in past 40 since the demolition of spinners by the hand of Sir Viv.

  • MD on February 12, 2017, 7:18 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER: Remember the result of last test series BD-ENG. Result is 1-1 but it could be 2-0 in favor of BD. I think IND will get same experience where they got the taste of 2-1 defeat in ODI.

  • ritesh6619185 on February 12, 2017, 6:58 GMT

    @MAHBUB4149 Even if match to be played in BD then do u expect BD to win ?

  • MD on February 12, 2017, 6:37 GMT

    Dear bros from IND, don't forget the match is playing in India, where IND is almost unbeaten, but still BD is fighting a lot. Bros from BD, we should recognize the immaturity of our players.Tamim, Shakib,Sabbir's out have no excuse in a situation like this match. BD players should remember this is test match. Fielding side showed worst display. BD will never get a win if they continue such type of fielding. LOL congrats to Mushi for great fight though he missed stamping chance of SAHA & VIRAT.

  • graite0848289 on February 12, 2017, 6:19 GMT

    Hope Tamim and Mominul step up in the second innings because BD can't rely on Mahmudullah, Sarkar and to an extent Shakib, because they will play as if its first innings and as if they'll get another chance to set things right. Well played Mushfiq, Taskin did his part, as did Mehedi. But BD need to make sure it doesn't fall into the latter batsmen's hands yet again. They CAN do it, they just have to have the application to do so. Runs don't matter, no point in scoring them bc BD can't win at all from here. Play for the draw, don't go hoicking in the air again, and stay calm. Good luck Tigers.

  • Ajay on February 12, 2017, 6:16 GMT

    You can see a nice progressions in the way Ashwin became the fastest bowler to 250 wickets.

    8th Fastest to 50 Wickets.

    6th Fastest to 100 Wickets

    4Th Fastest to 150 Wickets

    2nd Fastest to 200 Wickets

    Fastest to 250 wickets.

    That is some nice evenly spaced progression.

  • Lin on February 12, 2017, 6:14 GMT

    Yes, Kohli's captaincy was really excellent!!! He used his bowlers very intelligently, and there is nothing much for the bowlers so far in this pitch, but kohli kept on attacking. Also bangladesh is really good against spinners and their batsmen are high in confidence since they scored a huge total in NZ so they had lot of confidence before coming to play this test and captaincy of kohli was really excellent and his bowling changes and also field placements were all fantastic!!!

  • cpur on February 12, 2017, 6:08 GMT

    Brilliant knock by mushy. Congrats for ton. We want to see more resilient from him in second innings.

  • Subramani on February 12, 2017, 6:07 GMT

    India is moving towards pace bowling bias. They have a good set of fast/swing bowlers already with Shami getting ready in the background. They should try out the side on tearaway from J and K, Umar Nazir Mir who is young and fit.Capable of bowling long. I wish he comes in the IPL this time.

  • Lin on February 12, 2017, 6:06 GMT

    @MAHI678, yes i agree with your points but see that most of the matches kohli won are because of spinners and not because of pace bowlers. The contribution from the spinners for win for captain kohli is not small one, it is in fact of gigantic proportions. Even in west indies it is the spinners who took lot of wickets and helped with victories. In india spinners destroyed nz, sa, eng etc and in srilanka too they did well. So if you see how much spinners contributed for kohli's victories then it is about 80% - 20% in favor of spinners.

    So while your observations are right however our pacers really did not help much, it is almost always spinners who gave kohli such great victories in the recent times.

    But in this pitch it is okay because there is hardly anything much for spin and also bangladesh has more weakness against pace rather than spin.

    Anyway i hope india bat well in the second innings and try to get a lead of about 500 and win this test easily!

    Good lucks Emperor Kohli!!!

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