India take control against Bangladesh
Sachin Tendulkar cracked his 45th Test century and Rahul Dravid his 29th hundred as India tightened the screws on Bangladesh in the second and final Test. Tendulkar made 143 and Dravid 111 before retiring hurt to help India post a massive 459-5 in their first innings at stumps on the second day in reply to Bangladesh's modest total of 233. The visitors were 226 runs ahead with five wickets in hand. Dravid was struck on the helmet while avoiding a bouncer from paceman Shahadat Hossain, bowling with the second new ball. He hit 12 fours in his 188-ball knock. India's batting might was on view throughout the day as they scored 390 after resuming at 69 for no loss, with all of their top-order batsmen making sizeable contributions. Gautam Gambhir (68) and Virender Sehwag (56) put on 103 for the opening wicket before Tendulkar and Dravid consolidated their team's position with a 222-run stand for the third wicket.
Gambhir also equalled West Indian Viv Richards's world record of scoring a half-century in 11 successive Tests. Tendulkar, who scored a century in the last Test, was caught by Imrul Kayes at mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan. His 182-ball knock contained one six and 13 fours. Shakib took his second wicket when he had Murali Vijay (30) caught by Mohammad Mahmudullah at mid-on, but India had already gained a big lead at that stage. Tendulkar was let off on 27 by Raqibul Hasan at gully off seamer Rubel Hossain before reaching his half-century with a firmly driven four off Shahadat. * AFP
Bangladesh (first innings) 233 India (first innings, overnight 69-0): G Gambhir c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shafiul Islam 68 V Sehwag c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shahadat Hossain 56 R Dravid retired hurt 111 S Tendulkar c Imrul Kayes b Shakib Al Hasan 143 M Vijay c Mahmudullah b Shakib Al Hasan 30 M Dhoni not out 22 Harbhajan Singh c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shafiul Islam 13 Extras (1 b, 5 lb, 9 nb, 1 w) 16 Total (5 wickets, 102.5 overs) 459 Fall of wickets: 1-103, 2-146, 3-421, 4-436, 5-459 Bowling: Shafiul Islam 17.5-1-70-2 (1w) Shahadat Hossain 19-2-71-1 Rubel Hossain 23-0-106-0 Shakib Al Hasan 27-0-108-2 Mohammad Ashraful 4-0-26-0 Mahmudullah 11-0-63-0 Junaid Siddique 1-0-9-0
Published: January 26, 2010 04:00 AM