No, Shakib Al Hasan isn't playing musical chair © IANS
No, Shakib Al Hasan isn’t playing musical chair © IANS

Earlier, only run-out decisions kept the TV umpires engaged. Seldom did the umpires check the no-ball and, above all, there was no DRS. It, however, turned out to be curse in disguise for Chris Gaffney on Day Four of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. This and other top episodes in today’s highlights. Live cricket score: India vs Bangladesh Test

Bhuvi does a Bhuvi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off his international career with a peach of a delivery. Angled in, finding a gap between Mohammad Hafeez’s bat and pad, he uprooted the off-stump. We saw a near-reminiscence of it this morning. Bowling full and straight, he knocked over Mehedi Hasan. The focus, by all means, was the late swing. By the time Mehedi could figure how to tackle it, the ball had obliterated his defence.

DRS reviews India’s frustration: Virat Kohli right away signalled for a review when Ishant Sharma rattled Mushfiqur Rahim with a grievous bouncer. Saha appealed with excitement as well, thinking the Bangladesh captain had gloved it. Meanwhile, as the TV umpire was busy assessing the dismissal, Mushfiqur nodded to the batsman at non-striker’s end. The front angle showed a clear deflection. The TV umpire was convinced until the snickometer suggested it had hit the arm guard.

Then India reviewed Taskin Ahmed’s outside edge off Ravindra Jadeja. The snickometer yet again sabotaged India’s hopes. However, towards the end of the day, the snickometer made a mockery of India’s last review, showing there was daylight between the ball and Soumya Sarkar’s inside edge. Kohli, for all the apparent reason, looked perplexed, for he was the one to call the shots and gesture the T sign to the umpire.

Mushfiqur Rahim stands tall: It has nothing to do with his diminutive body frame. This is about his characteristic 127-run knock against the strength of India’s bowling unit. He was involved in a couple of mix-ups between the wickets. He survived Ishant Sharma’s bouncers. He attacked Ravichandran Ashwin. He took on Umesh Yadav’s reverse-swing. All this after keeping wickets for 166 overs in the first innings.

It was his fifth hundred, second against India and fourth overseas.

Ashwin’s fast-and-furious spin-bowling: No, he did not fire a fast ball that his current coach Anil Kumble used to. This is pertaining to his knack of reaching milestones in fewer matches. In that case, he matches Kohli’s stature in his own department (if not Kohli’s aura).

Ashwin became the fastest to scalp 250 wickets, taking only 45 Tests to attain this feat. Earlier, the record-holder was Australia’s Dennis Lillee, who had taken 3 more Tests than the Indian off-spinner.


Kohli unfollows the follow-on: Gone are the days when the captains enforced follow-on. Gone are the days when the matches ended earlier than expected. Kohli, for that matter, goes for the kill. Of late, though, we saw him denying the follow-on concept.

When Bangladesh were wound up for 388, they needed another 100 runs to avoid follow-on. Kohli instead decided to bat again. Come to think of it, the kids from this era would not comprehend the notion of follow-on.

Pujara hits a six: This may not amuse many, but it certainly made Kohli punch his bat in jubilance (or surprise, but he certainly flaunted a wide smile). There was a reason, though, for seldom do we see the traditionalist Cheteshwar Pujara clear the ropes. Pujara eased a short delivery over deep fine-leg, registering his seventh six in 74 innings — still 2 more sixes than former India batsman VVS Laxman.

Bangladesh’s utterly, butterly delicious fielding: Amul would love to make a creative copy on the visitor’s theatrics in the field. Mahmadullah and Tamim Iqbal had already made it to the star-cast. In the second session, Mehedi Hasan forced himself in the list, dropping Ravindra Jadeja on duck at deep mid-wicket.