Published on February 11th, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar0
India v Bangladesh, only Test, 2017, day 3 – The talking points
India continues their dominance at home while Bangladesh after early strikes holds their nerve at the end of third day. Bangladesh’s top three failed to impress on Indian soil, but experienced Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and 19-year old all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz survive Bangladesh.
CricketSoccer brings to you the talking points from the third day’s play:
Early strikes for Bangladesh
India made their intentions clear yesterday to pressurise Bangladesh after picking opener Soumya Sarkar to end second day with Bangladesh trailing by 646 runs with nine wickets in hands. The morning session also went India’s way when Tamim-Mominul hesitated for second runs costs Tamim Iqbal his wicket. Consistent Mominul who is struggling with form could not last long on Umesh Yadav’s swing to go for just 12. After these strikes, Mahmudullah, who i in good form for the last two years in longer format, was trapped leg-before by Ishant Sharma on 28 and put Bangladesh 109 for 4 in first session.
Experience pays rich dividends for the visitors
After early strikes, the most experienced pair for Bangladesh came handy with their blade. Shakib Al Hasan who is pretty familiar with Indian pitches showed some temperament to stay at the crease for most of the time before being dismissed by Yadav off Ashwin in 63rd over. He notched up a valuable 82 with strike rate near 80 including 14 fours. He put his first ever fifty-plus against India in this format. On other side, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim with Shakib added vital 107 runs for the fifth wicket which guided Bangladesh to go past 200 in post-lunch session.
Mehedi’s well compiled innings
Mushfiqur Rahim took charge for his team after Sabbir’s dismissal with the all-rounder Mehedi Hasan just before tea. The experience and the talent came very useful for the visitors as they both added unbeaten 87 runs for seventh wicket. Rahim scored his 16th Test fifty spearing 132 balls with six boundaries. He, along with Mehedi Hasan dominated final session. Rahim played sensible shots without taking much risk to help Bangladesh pass 300 runs mark. Mehedi Hasan scored his maiden Test fifty and with his composed knock, Bangladesh ended the day with their heads high.