Mushfiqur Rahim Century In Vain As India Take Victory
India 243 (Tendulkar 105no) & 413-8 dec. (Gambhir 116) beat
Bangladesh 242 & 301 (Mushfiqur Rahim 101) by 113 runs
First Test, Chittagong, day five
Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim's maiden Test century came in a losing cause as India completed a 113-run victory on the final day of the opening Test in Chittagong.
After being set 415 to win, Bangladesh's attempts to see out the day failed as despite Rahim's 101 and 52 from opener Tamim Iqbal, they were bowled out for 301 having batted for 75.2 overs in all in their second innings.
They began the day on 67 for two and quickly lost Mohammad Ashraful (27), Raqibul Hasan (13) and Shakib Al Hasan (17) as well as Iqbal, who faced 122 balls before he was caught by Rahul Dravid off Virender Sehwag.
Pacer Ishant Sharma dismissed Raqibul and Shakib to finish with three for 48 having removed Shahriar Nafees on day four.
After the middle order collapse, Rahim attempted to keep Bangladesh's challenge alive, helped by Mahmudullah (20) and Shahadat Hossain (24) but despite hitting 17 fours and a six in 114 balls, he was quickly running out of partners as leg-spinner Amit Mishra ran through the lower order to pick up four for 92, ending the game by having the free-scoring Rahim caught at long-off by substitute fielder Pragyan Ojha.
Earlier in the game, Sachin Tendulkar's century, and 13,000th run, gave India a slender lead before Gautam Gambhir's fifth century in as many Tests saw them push well clear.
The second Test gets underway on Sunday, 24th January.
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