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Updated: January 20, 2010 19:46 IST

Bangladesh face uphill task

K.C. Vijaya Kumar
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CENTURION: Gautam Gambhir looks to the heavens after scoring a century on day four of the first Test match between Indian and Bangladesh. Photo: AP
AP CENTURION: Gautam Gambhir looks to the heavens after scoring a century on day four of the first Test match between Indian and Bangladesh. Photo: AP

India dictated the game’s pace and set a target of 415 for Bangladesh in the fourth day of the first Test at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Wednesday. India declared its second innings at 413 for eight after Gautam Gambhir’s 116, his ninth Test century and fifth in a row, along with fifties by V.V.S. Laxman and Amit Mishra.

At close, Bangladesh struggled at 67 for two in its second innings and needs to bat the whole of the fifth and final day to salvage a draw, which at the moment looks difficult against an upbeat Indian team.

The scores.

India – 1st innings: 243.

Bangladesh – 1st innings: 242.

India – 2nd innings: G. Gambhir c Shahriar b Shafiul 116 (129b, 10x4, 1x6), V. Sehwag c Raqibul b Shakib 45 (58b, 4x4, 1x6), A. Mishra c Tamim b Mahmudullah 50 (70b, 6x4), R. Dravid (run out) 24 (50b, 3x4), S. Tendulkar lbw b Rubel 16 (26b, 2x4), V.V.S. Laxman (not out) 69 (89b, 5x4), Yuvraj c Ashraful b Shahadat 25 (32b, 3x4), D. Karthik c Rubel b Mahmudullah 27 (42b, 4x4), Zaheer b Shakib 20 (17b, 3x4), Ishant (not out) 7 (14b, 1x4). Extras (b-1, lb-5, w-3, nb-5): 14.

Total (for eight wkts. decl., in 87 overs): 413.

Fall of wickets: 1-90 (Sehwag), 2-188 (Mishra), 3-233 (Gambhir), 4-245 (Dravid), 5-272 (Tendulkar), 6-313 (Yuvraj), 7-362 (Karthik), 8-394 (Zaheer).

Bangladesh bowling: Shafiul 15-0-87-1, Shahadat 16-1-53-1, Rubel 15-0-94-1, Shakib 27-2-112-2, Mahmudullah 13-0-52-2, Ashraful 1-0-9-0.

Bangladesh – 2nd innings: T. Iqbal (batting) 23 (56b, 3x4), I. Kayes c Karthik b Zaheer 1 (6b), S. Nafees c Sehwag b Ishant 21 (27b, 3x4), M. Ashraful (batting) 16 (20b, 3x4). Extras (b-4, lb-1, nb-1): 6.

Total (for two wkts., in 18 overs): 67.

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Kayes), 2-47 (Nafees).

India bowling: Zaheer 8-3-34-1, Sreesanth 5-0-11-0, Ishant 4-1-7-1, Mishra 1-0-10-0.

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