Sunday 17 January 2010 

Tendulkar Stands Firm As Bangladesh Start Strongly

Tendulkar Stands Firm As Bangladesh Start Strongly
Tendulkar Stands Firm As Bangladesh Start Strongly
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India 213-8 (Tendulkar 76no, Sehwag 52) v Bangladesh

First Test, Chittagong, day one

Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten half-century kept India afloat after Bangladesh enjoyed the better of the opening day of the first Test by taking eight wickets having won the toss and chosen to field first.

Tendulkar was unbeaten on 76 when bad light ended play early with India on 213 for eight.

Acting captain in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni with a back injury, Virender Sehwag got things off to a flyer by hitting 52 in 51 balls before he became the first of four wickets for Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh's captain and key all-rounder would go on to dismiss VVS Laxman (7), Yuvraj Singh (12), and Zaheer Khan (11) while pacer Shahadat Hossain removed Gautam Gambhir (23), Rahul Dravid (4), Dinesh Karthik (0) and Amit Mishra (14).

Tendulkar resisted by hitting six fours and a six in 140 balls, putting on useful partnerships with Mishra and Khan and at stumps, taken after only 63 overs were bowled, Ishant Sharma was unbeaten on one.

Shakib had four for 52 and Shahadat four for 51 at the end of play.

Bangladesh handed a Test debut to fast bowler Shafiul Islam and recalled Shahriar Nafees after an absence of 23 months while India handed the gloves to Karthik in the absence of Dhoni and played leg-spinner Mishra as their only specialist slow bowler as Sharma returns to the side.

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