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This will be Bangladesh’s first Test on Indian soil

Hello and welcome to the live cricket blog and updates of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. I am Kaustubh S. Mayekar and will bring you the live coverage of this Test. This is a historic match, as Bangladesh will play their first ever Test on Indian soil. Surprisingly, it was against India they made their Test debut, in Dhaka, in the year 2000. The Virat Kohli-led Indian unit are currently the No. 1 side in ICC Test Rankings, while Bangladesh are stuttering at the ninth spot. However, the neighbours, who were tagged ‘minnows’ not till long back, have a formidable spin attack that can go on to surprise the Indians. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: INDIA vs BANGLADESH, ONE-OFF TEST

Bangladesh will hurt India, only if the latter choose to be complacent. Otherwise, India are a side, who have all the bases covered and have played brilliantly as a collective unit in the last year and half. India are a strong unit, so much so that Karun Nair, who became India’s second triple-centurion in the side’s final Test at Chennai, may make way for the more experienced Ajinkya Rahane. “One game does not overshadow two years of hard work from another player,” Kohli made it clear on the Test’s eve. Rahane has been India’s best batsman overseas since his debut in 2013.

Mushfiqur Rahim is back at helm, as Bangladesh captain was out of the final Test in Christchurch due to an injury. However, the injury worries continue to hurt them. With ace pacer Mustafizur Rahman rested, Bangladesh also lost their regular opener Imrul Kayes due to an injury.

Both the sides, however, possess excellent all-rounders. India’s charge is led by Ravichandran Ashwin, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav in their ranks. Meanwhile, Bangladesh have their greatest cricketer Shakib Al Hasan. They also have Mahmudullah and the young sensation Mehedi Hasan in their armoury.

The track is hard and is expected to spin as the game progresses, meaning this is a typical Indian track. India start favourites, but one thing is for sure that Bangladesh’s bowling will throw India a tougher challenge than what English and New Zealand bowlers did earlier this season.


India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant  Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Mosaddek Hossain, Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Shafiul Islam.

Live Updates

  • 4:47 PM IST

    IND 356/3 | Kohli 111, Rahane 45: Indian batsmen made mockery of the Bangladesh bowling unit, so much so that they plundered 150 in the last session courtesy Kohli’s 16th ton and Rahane’s unbeaten 45. With four more days, India are likely to post a mammoth total, unless Bangladesh pull off the unlikely. That’s it from us. I am sure you enjoyed Day One’s play. See you tomorrow at 9.30 am (IST), and see if Kohli scores his third double-hundred.

  • 4:34 PM IST

  • 4:31 PM IST

    IND 337/3 | Kohli 101, Rahane 36: 16th hundred for Kohli, equalling Ganguly’s tally. What a man! Does not take anything for granted. Does not know complacency. Wakes up and does what he does the best. And does it time and again.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    IND 319/3 | Kohli 90, Rahane 29: Why bowl short deliveries on hard track, especially when Kohli and Rahane are batting? Kohli pulled one to mid-wicket as if he watched the ball in slow motion. Rahane then smacked one over mid-on.

  • 4:00 PM IST

    IND 291/3 | Kohli 72, Rahane 19: Kohli scores boundaries. Rahane scores boundaries. Bangladesh fielders look tired on the field after 81 overs. Their bowlers look clueless. Their captain is waiting for the day to end. Meanwhile, Kohli…

  • 3:28 PM IST

    IND 261/3 | Kohli 50, Rahane 9: The crowd gives a standing ovation. The commentators use the same old adjectives. Kohli gives the same old gesture as he reaches another 50. Old habits die hard. I don’t think this would even die.

  • 3:05 PM IST

  • 2:58 PM IST

    IND 234/3 | Kohli 34, Rahane 0: Commentator’s curse. The time everyone started talking about Vijay reaching his maiden double-ton, he plays a reckless shot. Islam tossed it up on middle. Vijay shuffled and tried to sweep it past the keeper, eventually failing to make any connection. He goes for 108. In comes Ajinkya Rahane.

    OUT! Vijay b T Islam 108 (160)

  • 2:45 PM IST

  • 2:42 PM IST

    IND 223/2 | Vijay 101, Kohli 31 | Vijay brings up his 9th hundred. Kohli is cutting loose here, seriously loose. A flick got him two and one of those Kohli-special cover-drive got another four, but the approach became evident when he swiped at a wide one from Rabbi, not hard but high, for four past point. And then, the unruffled Vijay pushes one casually past extra-cover, getting to his 9th hundred.

  • 2:13 PM IST

    IND 206/2 | Vijay 98, Kohli 17: Vijay is still short of 2 to reach three-figure mark. However, India lost only one wicket this session. They batted with utmost caution on this belter of a track. Bangladesh, on the other hand, squandered their chance of putting India in further trouble after dismissing Rahul in the first over.

  • 1:43 PM IST

  • 1:43 PM IST

    IND 184/2 | Vijay 89, Kohli 4: Pujara surpasses Chandu Borde’s record of most runs in Indian First-Class season and gets out the next ball. Mehdi gets his first scalp. In comes Virat Kohli and he scores a four off his first ball.

    OUT! Pujara c Rahim b Mehedi Hasan 83 (177)

  • 1:33 PM IST

    And then Umar Akmal does this:

  • 1:32 PM IST

    Why would anyone do this?

  • 1:25 PM IST

    IND 163/1 | Vijay 79, Pujara 77: This is reminiscence of Pujara-Vijay partnership from New Zealand series. This is a reminiscence of Pujara-Vijay partnership from England series. Though there’s not much happening, one must applaud the duo’s consistency this season.

  • 1:07 PM IST

    IND 141/1 | Vijay 77, Pujara 61: Quite boring out there in the middle. Both batsmen look in ominous touch. No turn for the spinners a well. No appeals. No ooohs. No aaahs. In addition, Indian batsmen are not willing to put a foot wrong.

  • 12:44 PM IST
    IND 118/1 | Vijay 59, Pujara 52: 12th fifty for Pujara. Compared to Vijay’s innings, he dealt more in ones and twos. Using his feat against spinners and playing late against pacers, Pujara made sure he puts a price on his wicket as well as keeps the scoreboard ticking.

  • 12:32 PM IST

  • 12:30 PM IST

    IND 111/1 | Vijay 56, Pujara 48: The last time Vijay played a Test against Bangladesh, he scored 150. This time he takes care of the first 50 runs and looks set for the long innings. On the other hand, Pujara is two short of his half-century. India in command.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    IND 96/1 | Vijay 45, Pujara 48: Rabbi starts off with a no-ball. Then a player tries to slide but it looked like he slipped off a banana peel. Pujara followed all this with one-bounce scythe over first-slip. So far, so good this session, I tell you.

  • 12:15 PM IST

    IND 87/1 | Vijay 37, Pujara 31: Good afternoon, folks. The first session belonged to India, despite Bangladesh bowling probing line and length. However, it is imperative Vijay and Pujara make the most of it and stitch a long and tiring partnership.

  • 11:32 AM IST

    AT LUNCH – IND 86/1 | Vijay 45, Pujara 39: After electing to bat first, India lost KL Rahul in the very first over. Taskin Ahmed set up him up nicely: he followed length deliveries with a pitched-up one. Later, Vijay and Pujara added 84 for the second wicket, taking India to 86 for 1 at lunch.

  • 11:09 AM IST

    IND 70/1 | Vijay 37, Pujara 31: Comedy of errors. Bangladesh. One and the same thing. They missed out a run out chance. Awful miss. Mehedi Hasan, at the bowler’s end, fails to take it cleanly. Taskin Ahmed should have thrown it underarm. Vijay survives. This will cost them dearly.

    Out statistician Abhishek Kumar makes a pun: “Haath mein Mehendi tha isliye pakad nai paya Hasan.”

  • 10:52 AM IST

    IND 65/1 | Vijay 34, Pujara 29: Two thick edges raced past the first-slip. Pujara living on the edge. Mehdi Hasan is luring him to push the deliveries by tossing ’em up. Meanwhile, Rabbi continues from the other end. Meanwhile, Vijay continues playing delightful strokes. This time he plays wit over point.

  • 10:34 AM IST
    IND 40/1 | Vijay 22, Pujara 16: A steer down the leg-side followed by a Nataraja shot: Vijay has found his feet on this hard and grassy wicket.

    Early wicket. Watchful batsmanship. Disciplined bowling. This is Test-match stuff.
  • 10:21 AM IST

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  • 10:20 AM IST

  • 10:14 AM IST

    IND 24/1 | Vijay 12, Pujara 10: Pujara plays a Sehwag-like stroke. Pitched well outside off, and Pujara, playing away from his body with hand-eye coordination, guides it past point. He is being watchful, for Bangladeshi pace duo has been extremely disciplined — a recipe for top-drawer Test cricket.