India fight back on glum day

Bangladesh lose three early wickets after limiting the Test leaders to just 243 with Tendulkar amassing his 44th century on a curtailed second day.

Sachin Tendulkar smashed a 44th Test century for India before Bangladesh lost three quick wickets to end the second day of the first Test on 59 for three today. Bad light forced an early close with no play possible after tea. Tendulkar hit an unbeaten 105 but India were bowled out for 243. Resuming on 76 with India on 213 for eight, Tendulkar scored all but one of his country's 30 runs in the morning session, the start of which was delayed by 90 minutes because of thick fog. The left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and paceman Shahadat Hossain shared the two wickets that fell, both completing five-wicket hauls in the process. Shakib took the wicket of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, caught by Imrul Kayes at silly point for one, to claim his sixth 'five-for' in Tests with 5-62. Shahadat (5-71) provided Bangladesh with the first breakthrough of the morning with the wicket of Ishant Sharma. Bangladesh made a solid start to their reply with a 53-run opening stand before paceman Zaheer Khan grabbed two wickets as India hit back. Zaheer trapped Kayes lbw for 23 and uprooted the leg stump of his opening partner Tamim Iqbal with an in-cutter for 31. In between Zaheer's twin strikes, Sharma dismissed Shahriar Nafees, who had made four, with a catch at second slip from VVS Laxman. * Reuters

India (first innings, overnight 213-8) G Gambhir c Rahim b Shahadat 23 V Sehwag c Tamim b Shakib 52 R Dravid b Shahadat 4 S Tendulkar not out 105 V Laxman st Rahim b Shakib 7 Y Singh c Rubel b Shakib 12 D Karthik c Raqibul b Shahadat 0 A Mishra lbw b Shahadat 14 Z Khan c Raqibul b Shakib 11 I Sharma c Rahim b Shahadat 1 S Sreesanth c Imrul b Shakib 1 Extras (1b, 6lb, 1w, 5nb) 13 Total (all out, 70.5 overs) 243 Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-79, 3-85, 4-107, 5-149, 6-150, 7-182, 8-209, 9-230, 10-243 Bowling: Shafiul 9-1-41-0 Shahadat 18-2-71-5 (1w, 2nb) Rubel 10-0-40-0 (3nb) Shakib 29.5-10-62-5 Mahmudullah 3-0-17-0 Ashraful 1-0-5-0 Bangladesh (first innings): T Iqbal b Zaheer 31 I Kayes lbw b Zaheer 23 S Nafees c Laxman b Ishant 4 M Ashraful not out 0 R Hassan not out 1 Total (three wickets, 17 overs) 59 Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-58, 3-58 Bowling: Zaheer 9-1-32-2 Sreesanth 3-0-13-0 Ishant 5-1-14-1