India tighten noose against Bangladesh on Day 4
Visitors Bangladesh walk the tightrope on Day Four; India set for eighth Test win of the season
India's R Ashwin in full cry during Day Four of the one-off Test against Bangladesh at Uppal, Hyderabad yesterday. Pic/PTI
Hyderabad: New Zealand and England couldn't survive the guile and determination of Ravichandran Ashwin. Bangladesh, as they painfully discovered yesterday, are no exception. Following his dismissal of centurion Mushfiqur Rahim in the first innings, the off-spinning stalwart got rid of opener Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque in the final session of play to pile on to their Day Four upheavals in the one-off Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal yesterday. Chasing a near-impossible 459-run target, Bangladesh are walking the tight rope at 103 for three.
Huge task at hand
Mahmudullah (nine) and Shakib Al Hasan (21) have a huge task on hand to curb the brilliance of Ashwin on a fifth day pitch. Of course, there's a big threat from Ravindra Jadeja as well. Ashwin, playing in his 45th Test became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets when he sent back Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim in the first session of play.
Ashwin bettered Dennis Lillee's feat as the Australian fast bowling legend took 48 Tests for his 250 wickets. India have yet to lose a Test in this massive home season in which they have won seven out of eight Tests.
"He is the toughest spinner when it comes to any opposition team. Many teams always plan on how to face Ashwin. First of all, I would like to congratulate him on getting to 250 wickets. It's not just about bowling, but he thinks as a batsman, he knows what the batsman's weaknesses are and what areas he needs to bowl in," said Pujara.
India, who did not enforce the follow-on after bowling out Bangladesh for 388, lost two early wickets but Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli (38) put on 67 for the third wicket.
Shakib's left-arm spin caused the exit of Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane for 28. However, Pujara smashed six fours and a six during his 58-ball, unbeaten 54.
India aim for early finish
"We are hoping to get those seven wickets as early as possible," said Cheteshwar Pujara, whose unbeaten 54 helped the hosts declare their second innings on 159-4. "The pitch is on the slower side, but at the same time, it has opened up and there should be more assistance for the spinners tomorrow," Pujara added.
India 1st innings: 687-6 decl
Bangladesh 1st innings (overnight 322-6)
M Rahim c Saha b Ashwin 127
Mehedi b Kumar 51
Taijul Islam c Saha b Yadav 10
Taskin c Rahane b Jadeja 8
K Islam Rabbi not out 0
Extras (b 15) 15
Total (all out; 127.5 overs) 388
Fall of wickets 1-38, 2-44, 3-64, 4-109, 5-216, 6-235, 7-322, 8-339, 9-378, 10-388
B Kumar 21-7-52-1
I Sharma 20-5-69-1
R Ashwin 28.5-7-98-2
U Yadav 25-6-84-3
R Jadeja 33-8-70-2
India 2nd innings
M Vijay c Rahim b Taskin 7
KL Rahul c Rahim b Taskin 10
C Pujara not out 54
V Kohli c Mahmudullah b Shakib 38
A Rahane b Shakib 28
R Jadeja not out 16
Extras (b 5, w 1) 6
Total (4 wkts decl; 29 overs) 159
Fall of wickets 1-12, 2-23, 3-90, 4-128
Bangladesh 2nd innings
Tamim c Kohli b Ashwin 3
S Sarkar c Rahane b Jadeja 42
M Haque c Rahane b Ashwin 27
Mahmudullah not out 9
Shakib not out 21
Extras (nb 1) 1
Total (3 wkts; 35 overs) 103
Fall of wickets 1-11, 2-71, 3-75
B Kumar 5-2-14-0
R Ashwin 16-6-34-2
I Sharma 3-0-19-0
U Yadav 3-6-9-0
R Jadeja 8-2-27-1