India Build Lead Of 123 Runs Over Bangladesh

India Build Lead Of 123 Runs Over Bangladesh
India Build Lead Of 122 Runs Over Bangladesh
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India 243 (Tendulkar 105no) & 122-1 (Gambhir 47no) v
Bangladesh 242 (Mahmudullah 69, Khan 3-54)

First Test, Chittagong, day three

India wrested back control of the opening Test against Bangladesh by closing day three on 122 for one in their second innings, Gautam Gambhir leading the way with an unbeaten 47.

India took an overall lead of 123 runs after they had earlier bowled Bangladesh out for 242 in reply to their own score of 243 to secure the narrowest of first-innings advantages.

Bangladesh, who started the day on 59 for three, slipped to 98 for six with the cheap dismissals of Mohammad Ashraful (2), Raqibul Hasan (17) and Shakib Al Hasan (17) before a partnership of 108 between Mushfiqur Rahim, who made a patient 44, and Mahmudullah, who made a combative 69, put them back on track.

Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra both snared three wickets to peg them back, however, and ensure that India took a first-innings lead.

In reply, Gambhir and Virender Sehwag (45) tore into the Bangladesh bowling and with only Shakib and Shahadat Hossain offering any control and they swifty put on 90 before Sehwag top-edged a sweep to be caught by Raqibul off Shakib.

However, the boundaries continued to flow with Gambhir reaching 47 in 56 balls and nightwatchman Amit Mishra thumping 24 in 21 balls, being particularly severe on the spin of Ashraful and Mahmudullah.

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