Mahmudullah Impresses But India Dominate
Bangladesh 233 (Mahmudullah 96no, Sharma 4-66) v
India 69-0 (Sehwag 41no)
Second Test, Dhaka, day one
India dominated the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, bowling their hosts out for 233 and then progressing to 69 without loss at stumps.
After they won the toss and chose to bat, Bangladesh slipped to 51 for five and it took an unbeaten 96 from Mahmudullah to get them past 200.
India held sway early on as new ball bowlers Ishant Sharma (4-66) and Zaheer Khan (3-62) carved through the top order, sending back Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes without scoring as well as Shahriar Nafees (7) and Roqibul Hasan (4).
Mohammad Ashraful counter-attacked by hitting 39 in 31 balls but he was the fifth man to fall, in just the 13th over of play, when he was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha.
Shakib Al Hasan (34) and Mushfiqur Rahim (30) showed more application in grinding out crucial runs for their side before they were dismissed by Khan and Sharma respectively, leaving Mahmudullah as the last recognised batsman.
He played a fine knock, left stranded four runs short of a century when Rubel Hossain was bowled by Harbhajan Singh having faced 156 balls in all. He marshalled the tail well, and was given good support from Shahadat Hossain (8), Shafiul Islam (9 in 39 balls) and Rubel (4 in 26).
Ojha returned two for 49 and Harbhajan one for 48.
In reply, India were fast closing in on Bangladesh's score as Virender Sehwag crashed 41 in 40 balls, and Gautam Gambhir made 26 in 38 balls.
India won the first Test by 113 runs in Chittagong.
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