Bangladesh lived to fight another day as a gritty Mushfiqur Rahim (81 not out), together with Shakib al Hasan (82) and off-spinner Mehedi Hasan (51 not out), took them to 322 for six at the end of the third day of the one-off Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Saturday. (DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS)
Bangladesh are still trailing by 365 runs against India but they have lived to fight another day. It was a good day for Rahim as he became only the fourth Bangladesh player to go past 3000 runs in Tests. Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Habibul Bashar are the other three batsmen to have gone past this landmark. (SCORECARD)
The visitors were struggling at 109/4 at one stage before Rahim joined hands with Shakib to build a 107-run partnership. Shakib reached his first fifty against India and looked good for a century before a rash shot saw his innings end as he holed out to mid-on. R Ashwin was the bowler as he closed in on 250 wickets.
Before departing for 82, Shakib played aggressively, combating the spinners well by using his feet well. He also played well against the pacers and gave Mushfiqur Rahim good company.
The 100-run partnership put Bangladesh in a good spot but after Shakib’s dismissal, Bangladesh lost Sabbir Rahman for 19 before Mehedi Hasan buckled down and reached his fifty just before close.
At stumps, the duo had added 87 runs. The last session, which produced 76 runs, was more of a grind and with the surface not doing much, the Indian bowlers went wicketless.
While Mehedi Hasan was the aggressor, Rahim held his end despite being plagued with a back problem.
Earlier in the morning session, luck favoured India as Tamim Iqbal was run out in only the third over of the day. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma chipped in with a wicket each to leave Bangladesh reeling.
Tamim and Mominul Haque had looked decent against some good bowling but in the third over of the day, Mominul pushed one to the leg-side and tried to rush back for the second when there seemed to be no run in it. Both the batsmen hesitated on the second run as Umesh swooped on the ball and threw it to the bowler’s end. Tamim, who has a good average against India, was run-out for 24.
Virat Kohli let Umesh bowl three overs from the Shivlal Yadav end and he switched him to the VVS Laxman end in the hope of getting some reverse swing. The move paid off as he removed Mominul with a full-pitched delivery that moved back in.
The Indian bowlers had dominated for the first two sessions of the day, but this partnership between Rahim and Mehedi Hasan has ensured that Bangladesh leave day 3 on a positive note.