jamuna sports desk: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim led from the front with a fighting hundred as his team battled on during the first session of day-4 of the Test match against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad today.
At the end of the 119th over, Bangladesh were 356 for 8 with Mushfiqur batting on 103 from 243 balls. Mushfiqur’s fifth ton of his career came at a crucial time when the chips were down for Bangladesh. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman struck 13 fours and a massive six along the way to his hundred.
Earlier, Bangladesh lost their eighth wicket when Taijul Islam, after softened up with some lethal short-pitched deliveries gloved a bouncer to the keeper to leave the field at 339 for 8 in 113.5 overs.
Indian pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav used the short ball to good effect and made life extremely uncomfortable for the Bangladesh batsmen. Taijul, who was struck in the arm in the 113th over by Ishant, got his glove in front of his helmet to protect himself, and was dismissed after lasting 9.1 overs with his captain Mushfiqur Rahim.
Taijul Islam c †Saha b Yadav 10 (38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 26.31
Fall of wicket 339/8 (113.5 ov); Partnership: 17 runs, 9.1 overs, RR: 1.85 (Mushfiqur Rahim 6, Taijul Islam 10)
Tigers suffered the worst possible start to the fourth day of the Test match when they lost Mehedi Hasan Miraz in the first over.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got one to swing back in from a fullish length and Mehedi’s footwork was too limited to deal with the movement and the huge gap between bat and pad was exploited by the Indian bowler. leg stump knocked back!