Sachin, Ganguly put India in command

Updated on May 19, 2007 11:13 AM IST
India were 295/3 at stumps on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh as the two senior batsmen took India towards a big total at Chittagong.
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India were 295/3 at stumps on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh as the two batsmen steered the tourists towards a big total at Chittagong on Friday.

Bad lights stopped play with 12 overs remaining on a day India prospered with big partnerships, notably between skipper Rahul Dravid and right-hand batsman Dinesh karthik (100 runs) and later in the day between little master Sachin Tendulkar and southpaw Saurav Ganguly (163 runs).

The two ex-skippers were still batting with Sachin on 80 and Ganguly on 82 as they looked to score centuries.

Both Dravid and Karthik were dismissed in quick succession. They were looking in good nick when Bangla bolwers Mortaza and Hossain infused life into the match by scalping the two.

For Dravid, it was his 47th Test fifty. He was soon joined by Karthik after recording his 3rd Test fifty.

Wasim Jaffer was bowled by Mashrafe Mortaza on the very first ball of the match.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat with Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh karthik opening the innings.

India are playing five bowlers in the match with spinners likely to play a key role later in the match.

The pitch promises a good batting paradise as Dravid and Karthik made merry with brisk runs before lunch and it continues to be so after tea.

The teams:

Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Habibul Bashar, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Enamul Haque jnr, Mashrafe Mortaza, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Shahadat Hossain, Rajin Saleh.

W Jaffer, KD Karthik, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, SC Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Ramesh Powar, Zaheer Khan, A Kumble, VRV Singh, RP Singh.

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