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Warhorses run over hapless Bangladesh

The chances of a six-in-six are virtually over. Looking to equal Sir Don Bradman's record, Gautam Gambhir was done in by a short ball that took the top edge and ballooned to the wicketkeeper. With India looking to bat once in this Test, the opener is unlikely to get another chance, reports Nilankur Das.

cricket Updated: Jan 26, 2010 00:25 IST
Nilankur Das

The chances of a six-in-six are virtually over. Looking to equal Sir Don Bradman's record, Gautam Gambhir was done in by a short ball that took the top edge and ballooned to the wicketkeeper. With India looking to bat once in this Test, the opener is unlikely to get another chance.

Also on the second day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Sachin Tendulkar completed his 45th Test century. After Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, who too fell to the short ball, Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar gave Bangladesh a lesson in Test match batting. Dravid, retired hurt on 111, and Tendulkar fell while chipping one to mid-wicket on 143. Scoring at over 4.5 runs-an-over, the two were instrumental in India stretching the lead to 226 by the end of play.

Harbhajan Singh joined skipper MS Dhoni after Murali Vijay’s dismissal, and the visitors were 459 for five at stumps. Yuvraj Singh could not be sent in at No. 5 on account of an injury. He had missed action on Sunday after hurting the webbing of his left hand. He was taken to hospital for a scan and a call on whether he will bat will be taken on Tuesday morning, manager Arshad Ayub said.

There was not much movement for the bowlers, but one from Shahadat Hossain sprung from good length to surprise Sehwag and he was caught behind. Both Sehwag and Gambhir had got to their fifties by then. With this, Gambhir equalled Sir Vivian Richards' feat of fifty-plus knocks in 11 consecutive Tests.

Gambhir was consumed by Shafiul Islam in a dismissal similar to Sehwag’s. The short ball came into play yet again and Dravid started the long walk back following a spectacular catch in the slips off Rubel Hossain. The hosts erupted in celebration but soon realized that it was a no ball. Dravid was on 28.

Tendulkar also had a few let-offs. Raqibul Hasan dropped him twice at gully off Rubel and once he almost swept Shakib Al Hasan on to the stumps. But both batsmen survived to complete the record of the highest number of century partnerships. It was a cover drive from Tendulkar that brought up his 50 and completed the pair's 17th century partnership, surpassing the efforts of Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes and Matthew Hayden-Ricky Ponting.

The bowlers had a plan in place but poor catching and ground fielding did not help their cause. With the wicket showing signs of wear and tear towards the end of the day and the ball keeping low at times, the match could well be out of the hosts' reach.