Gambhir Century And Late Wickets Hinder Bangladesh

Gambhir Century And Late Wickets Hinder Bangladesh
Gambhir Century And Late Wickets Hinder Bangladesh
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India 243 (Tendulkar 105no) & 413-8 dec. (Gambhir 116) v
Bangladesh 242 (Mahmudullah 69) & 67-2

First Test, Chittagong, day four

Gautam Gambhir's ninth Test century, and fifth in as many matches, enabled India to declare and set Bangladesh, who closed day four of the first Test on 57 for two, 415 to win in Chittagong.

Gambhir stroked 116 and two other players scored half-centuries as India scored 413 for eight before asking Bangladesh to chase 415, a score that has only once been bettered in a fourth-innings run chase.

Bangladesh's chances of either winning or saving the match were hampered when Imrul Kayes (1) and Shahriar Nafees (21) departed before stumps after they made a quick start to their second innings.

Gambhir was in superb form as India put their first-innings disappointment behind them, the left-hander setting the platform and putting 98 runs with nightwatchman Amit Mishra, who scored 50 and allowing VVS Laxman to hit an unbeaten 69 as India pressed on far enough ahead to declare.

There were two wickets apiece for spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah and with bad weather having affected each day of the Test so far, Bangladesh would have been in optimistic about their chances of saving the match.

Those chances were hit when Kayes edged Zaheer Khan to Dinesh Karthik and Nafees, dropped twice by Laxman before he had reached 20, was caught by Virender Sehwag off Ishant Sharma as he edged behind for a third time.

Tamim Iqbal kept things steady with an unbeaten 23 while Mohammad Ashraful was unbeaten on 16 at stumps.

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