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India dominate day one with strong batting performance

Virat Kohli scores yet another century for India
Virat Kohli scores yet another century for India

India 356-3 (Kohli 111no) v Bangladesh
Only Test, Hyderabad, day one

Riding on centuries from Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli and a valiant 83-run knock by Cheteshwar Pujara, India went on to amass 356 runs losing just three wickets on day one of the only Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.

Kohli finally managed to win the toss and without any hesitation decided to bat first. India preferred the proven Ajinkya Rahane over Karun Nair, who had to warm-up the bench despite scoring a triple century in his last outing.

Bangladesh tasted early success as Taskin Ahmed (1-58) castled Lokesh Rahul (2) in the fourth delivery of the innings.

A cautious approach from Vijay (108) and Pujara (83) saw India post just 26 runs in the first 10 overs. With a couple of boundaries in the 12th over from Vijay, India reached 40 for one at the end of the first hour.

The pair brought the 50-run stand in 86 deliveries and Bangladesh had a brilliant chance to run Vijay out after both batsmen were struck at the same end while attempting a run but bowler Mehedi Hasan (1-93) failed to hold on to the ball at the non-striker end. India ended the first session at 86 for one.

With a boundary in the 31st over, Vijay reached his half-century and an over later he also brought the 100-run stand with Pujara.

Pujara too reached his half-century, needing 108 deliveries for it as India had a solid platform to post a big first innings total. With not much turn in the pitch, Vijay decided to give Shakib Al Hasan (0-45) the charge and smashed him for a six and a four in the 41st over.

The 178-run stand finally ended when Pujara edged a Mehedi delivery to the keeper, missing out on a well deserved century. India went into tea at 206 for two with Vijay unbeaten on 98.

Kohli (111 not out) started the third session with back-to-back boundaries and Vijay brought a fine century in the 61st over.

However, on reaching his ton, he was castled by Taijul Islam (1-50), ending his 54 run stand with Kohli.

From there on both Kohli ad Ajinkya Rahane (45 not out) consolidated and took India to 356 for three at stumps with their unbeaten 122-run stand.

In the process Kohli reached his 16th Test century and ninth as an Indian captain, levelling him with Mohammad Azharuddin. Only Sunil Gavaskar (11) has more centuries as an Indian captain than Kohli.

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