Fatullah: Shikhar Dhawan beaten a sluggish Bangladesh bowling conflict into acquiescence with a scintillating century as India seized a beginning on a rain-hit opening day, reaching 239 for no detriment in a one-off Test match.
Making full use of a event that he got due to Sydney Test centurion KL Rahul’s illness, Dhawan dominated a record from a start during his enormous dominant innings of 150 off 158 balls comprising 21 tasty boundaries.
He was ably complemented by Murali Vijay, who played a resisting undefeated innings of 89 off 178 balls as a twin were frequency uneasy during a 56 overs bowled in a day that irreproachable Virat Kohli’s preference to bat initial after winning a toss.
This is also a second time that a Dhawan-Vijay multiple posted a double century partnership after their 289-run mount in Mohali behind in 2013.
The twin showed certain vigilant promulgation a home group bowlers on a leatherhunt — something that Kohli had betrothed after holding over a layer from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
With a delayed and prosaic lane on offer, it was an toilsome charge for Bangladesh’s spin party of left-arm spinners.
Shakib Al Hasan (0/34 in 9 overs), Taijul Islam (0/55 in 12 overs) along with leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (0/41 in 7 overs) and off-break bowler Shuvagata Hom (0/47 in 13 overs) unsuccessful to stop a Indian openers who faced small problem in negotiating a walking attack.
The usually fissure in Dhawan’s century was only before a sleet stop in a 24th over, when he got a postpone as Shuvagata forsaken a comparatively easy locate during brief mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Taijul’s bowling. The southpaw was on 73 during that time.
After scarcely 4 hours of sleet delay, when play finally resumed, Dhawan started from where he had left off before a break. He found a gaps on a off-side with palliate to get into a 80’s as Vijay finished his 50 with a range off Shahid.
An inside out cover driven range off Taijul took Dhawan into 90’s. After a integrate of concerned overs, Dhawan swept Jubair Hossain to move adult his third Test hundred.
Vijay on a other hand, started solemnly as hardly reached double total by a time Dhawan had finished his 50. But he picked adult as time progressed personification some poetic drives on a adult and used his feet to good outcome opposite a spinners.
His restraint during a other finish was accurately what Dhawan indispensable to lift on personification his healthy game.
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The home team’s preference to play with 4 dilettante spinners and a singular seamer backfired badly as Dhawan toyed with a bowling. While a brief balls from seamer Mohammed Shahid were pulled, a breadth given by spinners like Shuvagata were cut with a lot of ferocity.
The initial range of a innings came in a fourth over bowled by Sarkar as Dhawan played a issuing cover drive. Dhawan followed a shot with an off-drive off Mohammed Shahid.
When off-spinner Shuvagata Hom was introduced, a Delhi left-hander strike back-to-back bounds — initial played a cut shot and afterwards played a true drive.
Having got into a flow, Dhawan rocked behind and forcefully cut Shahid past indicate and afterwards pulled him for good magnitude to competition into a 30s. There was another bad brief round that done Dhawan only stone behind and strike past block leg.
With speed in late 120 kmphs, Shahid, after his initial dual overs, could not strike a preferred length as it became cannon provender for a aggressive left-hander. As Dhawan started carting a Bangladesh attack, Vijay played a ideal second fiddle during a other end.
Dhawan reached his third Test fifty when he played a apt late cut off Shuvagata to finish a mini landmark off 47 balls as skipper Virat Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri were seen applauding his effort.
Bangladesh’s premier spinner Shakib didn’t demeanour penetrative during his initial spell as there were a series of lax balls including a loopy full toss that Vijay dispatched to a boundary.
Leaving out their fastest bowler Rubel Hossain boomeranged as a sole seamer Shahid (0/52) conjunction had any movement or gait to difficulty a duo.
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