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Spinners raise India's hopes for a win on final day

Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to pick 250 wickets
Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to pick 250 wickets

India 687-6 dec & 159-4 dec (Pujara 54no) v
Bangladesh 388 & 103-3 (Sarkar 42)
Only Test, Hyderabad, day four

After India declared their innings to set a target of 459, Bangladesh lost three wickets at stumps on day four with a score of 103 runs in the only Test between the two teams in Hyderabad.

Bangladesh resumed their first innings at 322 for six to begin the day with. In the very first over of the day, Mehedi Hasan (51) was castled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-52) and in the very next delivery Taijul Islam (10) survived a review from India for LBW.

After a series of bouncer, Umesh Yadav (3-84) had Taijul caught behind and Mushfiqur Rahim (127) upped the ante with a six in the next over and brought his century with a boundary soon after.

The runs continued to flow through Rahim's blade and his 39-run stand with Taskin Ahmed (8) ended after Jadeja had the latter caught in the slips and three overs later, Ravichandran Ashwin (2-98) had Rahim dismissed in a similar fashion to become the fastest bowler to reach 250 wickets.

With a lead of 299 runs, India decided to bat again. Indian openers had one over to negate before lunch and they did successfully scoring one of it.

In the second session, Taskin (2-43) dismissed both Murali Vijay (7) and Lokesh Rahul (10) in successive overs, both nicked to the keeper.

Both Cheteshwar Pujara (54 not out) and Virat Kohli (38) looked extremely positive and even plundered 14 runs off Taskin in the 14th over.

The 50-run stand between the duo came at run-a-ball but in a motive to up the ante further, Kohli found the midwicket fielder off Shakib Al Hasan (2-50). Despite, losing Ajinkya Rahane (28) after a 35-ball knock, Pujara completed a brisk half-century and was assisted by a cameo from Jadeja (16 not out).

India went into tea at 159 for four, where the declaration also came and a target of 458 was set for the visitors.

With Ashwin (2-34) introduced early into the attack, Tamim Iqbal (3) edged a delivery to the gully. India had to use a review to overturn the decision.

Soumya Sarkar (42) and Mominul Haque (27) kept the Indian bowlers at bay with a 60-run stand before the former was brilliantly caught in the slips by Rahane off Jadeja (1-27).

Mominul soon followed the suit as he edged a Ashwin delivery again to the slips and India were in firm control having Bangladesh at 75 for three.

Shakib (21 not out) decided to play aggressive and had the support of Mahmudullah (9 not out) as Bangladesh ended the day at 103 for three, needing another improbable 356 runs to win.

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