India vs Bangladesh: In a rain havoc one-off Test match, India end day 3 at 462/6



Murali Vijay raises his bat after reaching 150
Murali Vijay raises his bat after reaching 150

Opener Murali Vijay hit  a fluent and classy 150 but Ajinkya Rahane unluckily missed his century by just two runs as India were 462/6 in their first innings before the third day’s play was called off early due to rain in the one-off Test against Bangladesh at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah Rvichandran Ashwin (2) and Harbhajan Singh (7) were at the crease when rain stopped play again before early tea was taken and after waiting for an hour for the rain to relent, play was called off.

Vijay reached his 150 in the 4.1 overs bowled after an extended lunch break due to rain before play was stopped again. The short rain delay seems to have worked for Bangladesh as Shakib Al Hasan trapped Vijay plumb in front of the wicket in the first over when play resumed after a rain interruption. Vijay went for the slog sweep, missed the delivery and was struck on the back pad and was unlucky as the impact was outside off and the ball was turning away as well but umpire Dharmasena lifted the dreaded finger. Vijay scored 150 runs off 272 deliveries with the help of a six and twelve fours. Wriddhiman Saha (6) was then clean bowled by a wrong ‘un from Jubair Hossain through the gate.

Ajinkya Rahane missed his century by just two runs in quest of quick runs as he was clean bowled by Shakib Al Hasan by an arm-ball that went straight through after pitching, wasn’t the length to be pulled, Rahane went back and looked to pull over mid-wicket, the ball skidded through and hit the top of the middle stump. Rahane hit 14 fours in his 98-run knock that came off 103 balls.

Rahane brought up the Indian 400 on the second delivery of the first over in the second session of the day bowled by Shakib. Vijay reached his third 150 off 271 balls with a flick off Hasan for a single and just after that it started raining forcing the players off the field.  Vijay and Rahane took the Indian first innings to 398/3 at lunch, steading the Indian first innings after the visitors lost three quick wickets.

Vijay completed his sixth Test century soon after India resumed their first innings off 201 balls with a four to the third man fence off Taijul Islam. Shikhar Dhawan missed out on an opportunity to hit his maiden double century as he gave a simple return catch to Shakib Al Hasan to be dismissed for 173. Dhawan came down the pitch but the ball followed him and he was cramped for room on the flick, he got a leading edge and the ball looped back to Shakib. Dhawan hit 23 fours in his knock that came off 195 balls and added 283 runs with Vijay.

Shakib got his second wicket in his next over when he clean bowled Rohit Sharma (6) with a full delivery on the off-stump. Rohit opened the face of the bat to play the ball through the covers but missed it completely to see his off-stump rattled to leave India at 291/2. Indian captain Virat Kohli brought up the Indian 300 with a quick single after hitting a Shakib delivery to mid-on.

But Kohli (14) was dismissed in the next over as he edged a pitched-up Jubair Hossain googly onto his front leg that rolled on to hit the stumps and suddenly India were 310/3.It was a well-deserved wicket for Hossain as he didn’t let Kohli settle making his stay at the crease a short one.

The Indian 350 was brought up when Ajinkya Rahane went for a drive to a flighted delivery from Hossain but failed to get a bat on it, but the ball turned after pitching and missed the keeper and went for four byes.

The play started 30 minutes before schedule to make up for the lost time because of rain due to which the entire second day was washed out. Match officials Kumar Dharmasena and Nigel Llong called it a day at 13.45 pm local time (13.15 IST) even as two-thirds of the ground, including the ‘square’ remained under cover.  Players of both teams stayed put in their hotel rooms and the galleries bore a deserted look as rain continued to wreak havoc. As many as 34 overs were lost on Day 1 when rain forced a four-hour stoppage.


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