Lunch: Day 3

India 687/6d (Kohli 204, Taijul 3/156)

Bangladesh 125/4 (Shakib 29*, Mushfiq 6*)


Beyond Bangladesh’s fledgling bowling unit, batting section is considered as the stronger suit as the key players are more experienced in that department. It mattered less, however, in the first session of day three; Bangladesh struggled awfully and lost three top-order batsmen in quick succession.

Indian bowlers were pumped up right from the beginning. Tamim and Mominul were seemed shaky and paid the price just after the start of day’s play. Mominul Haque called for an unnecessary two which was not there at all. Harried Yadav did well to grab the ball and throw it quickly to the bowling side. Tamim, while taking the second run, hesitated on the midway and ultimately sacrificed his wicket.

Baffled Mominul couldn’t focus to build up his innings further. He followed Tamim soon after on 12. Mahmudullah and Shakib made a 45 runs partnership after that. But it was not enough in the context of the match. Mahmudullah left the crease by being trapped on LBW. Ishant Sharma produced a beauty to get the wicket of him.

The pitch has already started to offer its auspice to spinners. Shakib al Hasan survived a nagging delivery from Ashwin who appealed fiercely to have his man. Kohli went for the review and hawk-eye said the ball would miss the stumps.

Bangladesh still require 362 runs to avoid follow on.