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One-off Test: Kohli, Vijay hit centuries as India dominate Day 1

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February 09, 2017


16:48  One-off Test: Kohli, Vijay hit centuries as India dominate Day 1:  

STUMPS - DAY 1

India 356-3 (90 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

A day which belonged to India as they made most of batting first on a good opening day wicket, posting a healthy 356 for three in 90 overs for a run rate of nearly four.

Infact, the hosts ended the day strongly as they hit 144 runs in 32 overs in the post-tea session, while losing just one wicket.

Kohli led the way with a sparkling innings of 111 from 141 balls, having hit 12 fours, while Vijay stroked 108, with the help of 12 fours and a six.

Rahane got back to form with a few crispy boundaries and was unbeaten on 45, having hit seven fours, at stumps on Day 1.

Cheteshwar Pujara was unlucky to miss out on a century as he was caught behind off Mehedi Hasan after a good innings of 83. He had put on 178 runs for the second wicket with Vijay to rally India after the early dismissal of KL Rahul (2), in the very first over of the innings to Taskin Ahmed.

The only way back for Bangladesh will be a few quick wickets early on Day 2 or else India look like ending up with a massive first innings score.
16:42  

India 356-3 (90 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Bangladesh seem to have tired and that is taking a toll on their effort at the moment. Taskin drops short as Rahane pulls him for a boundary through midwicket before he cuts the next one over the slips for another four to race to 44.

India have taken control with Kohli and Rahane hitting 69 runs from the last 10 overs, having hit plenty of boundaries.

Kohli helps himself to another boundary through his favourite cover region to bring up India's 350 in the penultimate over of the day.

Shakib to bowl the final over of the day. Rahane takes a single from the first ball before Kohli slashes it uppishly over the off-side for a four and then takes one to get off strike.
16:31  Kohli hits 16th Test century as India dominate:  

India 336-3 (87 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Kohli gets a leading edge but the ball falls safely on the off-side to get him a couple of runs. Taskin pitches it up as Kohli drives it down the ground past mid-on for a four to take his score to 96, just a hit away from his 16th Test century.

The runs are coming quite freely for the Indians. A short ball from Mehedi Hasan is hit through point for a four by Rahane, who then take a single.

Hasan pitches one up and Kohli whips it through midwicket for a boundary to bring up his century in grand style. He cruised to his 16th Test century from just 130 balls, hitting 10 fours, and was rarely tested in this innings.
16:21  Kohli closes in on century as India cross 300:  

India 319-3 (85 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Mehedi Hasan comes back for a new spell, replacing Rahman, who bowled three overs for 10 runs.

Hasan starts with a long hop as Rahane rocks back and smashes it through the covers for a four and then takes a run two balls later.

Bangladesh take the second new ball an over later as pacer Taskin Ahmed comes back. Two slips and a fielder in the gully as Bangladesh look to attack with the new ball and get a wicket or two before stumps.

The third ball is pitched up as Kohli times it sweetly through the covers for a couple. The next ball is short and wide and Kohli is happy to cut it square on the off-side for a four.

Kamrul Islam from the other end. He also starts with a short ball as Kohli hits it past point for a couple to bring up India's 300, in the 83rd over.

Rahane also getting his touch back. A wide half-volley is driven beautifully through the covers by the Mumbai right-hander for a four.

There is no stopping Kohli at the moment as he keeps finding the gaps and continue to keep the scoreboard moving. He steers Taskin past point for a couple and then takes one and Rahane picks one to get four runs from the over.

Kamrul tries a short ball at Kohli, who pulls it in thumping fashion through midwicket for a four. A single two balls later takes the right-hander's score to 90.

Nothing is working against Kohli for Bangladesh as he looks set to ease his way to another century.

Rahane gets into the act as he pulls a short ball from outside the off-stump over mid-on for a four. He then tries to ramp the next ball, which is again short, but misses and is lucky not to have edged it.
15:55  Kohli hits half-century to continue golden run:  

India 285-3 (80 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Kohli is looking in some touch at the moment. Shakib darts one on the stumps, middle and leg, and all Kohli does is sweetly flick it through midwicket for a lovely boundary to bring up India's 250, in the 71st over.

Kohli in complete control and also looking to pinch the extra run when he can. Some lacklustre fielding from the fielder in the deep as he sends a poor throw and Kohli is aware to steal a second run. He then keeps strike with a single from the last ball while also inching close to his fifty.

A single off the last ball of Shakib's 12th over helps Kohli bring up his half-century, from 70 balls, with the help of five fours.

Kohli has got a double century each in his last three series, against West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The way he is batting again today, he looks good for another double century and more... against a bowling attack not doing much to challenge him.

Taijul bowls a wide half-volley from over the wicket and it is easy pickings for someone like Kohli, who drills it through the covers for a four.

Part-time leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman is called into the attack with Bangladesh looking to finish off the overs before the second new ball without much damage.

The field is well spread out for Kohli, who is content to take the singles. He has added this facet to his batting lately, of showing patience and grafting in when the opposition goes on the defensive. India pick three easy singles off Rahman's first over as the scoreboard keeps moving for the hosts.

Taijul continues from one end as Kohli flicks it behind square on the leg side for three runs. In the next over from Rahman, the India captain steers it behind point for a couple and then takes a run.

Rahane has also got off to start, while Kohli is doing well to keep the runs coming from his end as he takes his score to 65 from 87 balls.

Taijul produces a beauty to beat Kohli, who is left a bit stunned as the ball grips and also bounces a bit more, going so close to the edge of the bat.

Kohli is manipulating the gaps quite well. He steers a wide one from Taijul past the slip fielder for a couple and then turns one two balls later on the leg side for two more runs followed by a single which brings up the 50-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Kohli has done the bulk of the scoring in the partnership, getting 37 runs of those, while Rahane is on 14.

Overall, Kohli has eased his way to 71 from 102 balls to take India to 285 for three in 80 overs with Bangladesh not taking the second new ball as of now.
15:17  Vijay bowled for 108, India lose 3rd wicket:  

India 246-3 (70 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Wonder what they are smoking? An absolute poor review from Bangladesh as they go up for a LBW appeal against Kohli when he has hit it off the middle of the bat.

Wonder why they went for the review in the first place when the bowler would have clearly seen it strike the middle of the bat and no pad involved to waste one DRS review.

Kohli plays the sweep but mishits for a single fine on the leg side. Vijay looks to swing it high but fails to make proper connection yet he gets it in the gap as it goes through midwicket for a four and then keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Against the run of play, Taijul gets the key wicket of Vijay. The right-hander, who made 108 from 160 balls, plays a poor shot to gift his wicket as he goes across and looks to paddle it fine but misses one and is bowled.

Out walks Ajinkya Rahane, who will be feeling the pressure after being selected in the eleven ahead of Karun Nair, who was dropped despite hitting a triple hundred in his previous knock.

He struggled in the Test series against England, failing to get a fifty in three matches before he was ruled out with injury.

Young Hasan comes back into the attack as Kohli takes a single and Rahane takes one on the leg side to get off the mark.

Taijul has done a good job of keeping things tight while also being rewarded with the wicket of Vijay. He has conceded just 21 runs in 12 overs, a job which Ravindra Jadeja does mostly for India in Tests.

A couple of overs from Hasan before he makes way for the experienced Shakib, who starts off with a maiden to Kohli.

Bangladesh looking to dry up the runs and build some pressure on Kohli, who likes to hit boundaries regularly and keep the runs coming.

Rahane will be happy to defend as he gets just three from 22 balls before Taijul bowls a rare loose delivery. It is a trifle short and on the leg stump as Rahane helps it along, square on the leg side for a four which breaks the shackles and also gives the right-hander some confidence.


14:43  Vijay hits century to lift India on Day 1:  

India 223-2 (61 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Pacer Kamrul Islam to resume proceedings after the tea break. Kohli clips the third ball on the leg side for a couple and then two balls later plays a glorious cover drive for a four. The last ball is short and wide as Kohli slashes it behind point to help himself to another four.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam from the other end. Vijay clips the second ball on the leg side for a single to take his score to 99 and Kohli clips the fifth ball behind square on the leg side for one. Vijay taps the last ball and looks for a quick single but Kohli is not interested.

Kamrul gives Kohli some width as he hits it through the off-side for two runs and then takes a single to take his score to 31 from 35 balls.

A slightly short ball which Vijay punches through the point region for a couple to bring up his ninth Test century, from 149 balls, laced with 11 fours and a six. Except for a few close shaves including a missed run out, he has been in complete control and looks set for a big outing on the opening day.
14:19  Vijay two short of century:  


India 206-2 (58 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Opener Murali Vijay is made to wait for his century as teams head in for tea. 

The hosts scored 120 runs for the loss of one wicket in the second session. 

Runs flowed off the bat of captain Kohli too and it will be interesting to watch proceedings in the third session. 
13:53  India lose Pujara:  

India 198-2 (53 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

India captain Virat Kohli comes to the crease and is on the button from the get go.

He hits a four a through point, short and wide, the ball was asking to be hit. 

Taskin Ahmed is then clobbered for a couple of fours. India batting in top gear. 

The hosts have already made 112 runs in this session.
13:45  Mehedi Hasan makes breakthrough:  

India 180-2 (51 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Bangladesh finally get the breakthrough they were looking for. Left-arm spinner Mehedi Hasan does the trick,

Bowling round the wicket, he gets Pujara to defend, who gets a thick edge which hits the wicketkeeper's pad. The ball jumps and Musfiqur dives to his right to take the catch and send Pujara back to the pavillion.
13:29  Vijay-Pujara going steady:  

India 156-1 (46 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Vijay and Pujara are now scoring at nearly 4 runs an over. 

The batsmen continue to have their misunderstandings running between the wickets. Pujara hits Taijul to point, there is a run but both batsmen hesitate and no run is taken. 

Taijul's next three deliveries are well blocked by Pujara. 
The next ball is a short one, Pujara then flicks the ball through mid-wicket for a four. 
No runs off last ball. India sailing here. 


13:08  India in cruise control:  

India 140-1 (41 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

After being  kept quite for four overs by Shakib and Taijul, Vijay and Pujara came back strongly m the 41st over. 

Pujara takes three runs off the 2nd delivery, flicking the Shakib ball off his pads to long leg, three runs there. 

Vijay pushes the next ball straight down. 

He gets 10 runs off the next two deliveries -- first one he rocks back and gets a four through third man. The last ball off that over goes over Shakib's head for a six!

12:47  India take control:  

India 118-1 (36 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Bangladesh bring in left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. 

He starts off well, bowling good length deliveries and giving no room to Pujara to free his arms.

Pujara comes down the track but cannot play it big. Good start by Taijul.
12:37  Kamrul gets hammered:  

India 111-1 (32 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

India take 8 runs off the Kamrul Islam over and have picked 28 runs off the last 5 overs since resumption after lunch.

Vijay was particularly severe on Kamrul, going after him off the first ball. He pulls the ball past the fielders in the deep on the leg side for a 4. 

Another 4 leg byes for India two balls later, means it's a good over so far. 

Vijay blocks the next two deliveries, no runs taken.
12:31  Vijay-Pujara finding runs with ease:  

India 103-1 (31 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

India go past the 100-run mark. 

Vijay completes his half-century after finding a boundary through the covers.

The batsman running well here and picking runs at ease after lunch.

Vijay doing well against Shakib here. 

11:45  Vijay, Pujara keep Bangladesh at bay:  

India 86-1 (27 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Mehedi Hasan bowls last over before lunch. India batsmen making batting look easy, ticking away the runs through singles. 

Vijay hits one straight down no run. He then pushes one to long on. 

Mehedi gets the ball to drift away from the batsman, Pujara block the ball. 
Umpires call lunch and that's the end of the 1st session.

India have come back nicely to take control of the session after the loss of KL Rahul earlier in the day.
11:44  Vijay, Pujara put on solid partnership:  

India 83-1 (26 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard

Bangladesh make a bowling change, Shakib-Al-Hasan comes in place of Taskin. Bangladesh hoping for a wicket before lunch. He bowls a maiden.


Hasan at the other end, Pujara blocks the first two deliveries, gets a couple off the third. Cuts through slips for a couple. Pujara in total control. He flicks the next one off his pads for a single.
Vijay defends the next two deliveries. 


Taskin Ahmed continues at the other end. Vijay times the ball to perfection for a boundary off the cover region. Vijay defends the next two balls well. The Indian batting duo doing well to stay in control.


Pujara and Vijay picking out the runs comfortably. Pujara comes down the pitch to Mehedi Hasan, but only gets a single to point. 
Vijay then hits a shot to long on for one run. Pujara then blocks the next two balls. Three runs come off that Hasan over.
11:06  Vijay, Pujara rally India after early wicket:  

India 69-1 (20 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard


The runs are coming a bit more freely for the Indians as Pujara drives a full delivery from Islam, who is bowling his eighth over on the trot, past mid-on for three runs. Vijay then drives the next ball through the covers for a couple before he slashes a wide delivery over point for a four.

Islam tries the short ball and this time Vijay pulls it to fine leg for a single.

Spin from both ends as left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack in place of Islam, who bowled a long first spell of eight overs for 39 runs.

He has a LBW appeal turned down off the first ball with Vijay getting an inside edge before he plays out the rest of the over.

India get a lifeline as Bangladesh's poor fielding hurts them yet again. Vijay and Pujara are stranded at the same end as the former finally sets off for the single after initially deciding not to run. However, the bowler Hasan fails to collect the ball from the throw from the fielder at square with Vijay struggling to make his crease. A golden opportunity lost by Bangladesh to make another crucial breakthrough.

Vijay and Pujara will need to sort out their running as throwing away their wickets on this beautiful batting pitch will be a big crime after spending some time at the wicket and getting set.

Half an hour to go for lunch as Takin comes back as he bowls a maiden to Pujara.

India have survived a few close shaves to reach 69 for one in 20 overs. Pujara has made 31 from 61 balls, while Vijay is batting on 36 from 54 balls.
10:46  Vijay, Pujara steady India after early wicket:  

India 55-1 (15 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard


Part-time medium pacer Soumya Sarkar comes into the attack as Taskin gets a break. He starts with five dot balls before a full delivery on the pads is flicked through midwicket by Pujara.

Islam overdoing the short ball and this time Vijay is able to get on top it and pull it for a four. Two balls later, he repeats the shot for another boundary as India reach 40 for one in 12 overs at the drinks break.

Bangladesh introduce spin as 19-year-old off-spinner Mehedi Hasan comes into the attack. Pujara hits the first ball through the covers for a single before Vijay defends the rest of the over.

A long first spell for Islam, who continues to bowl his seventh over. He overpitches as Pujara smacks the half-volley straight down the ground past mid-off for a four.

In the next over, Pujara has a close shave as he again gets the edge which goes past the slip fielder for a four followed by a single to bring up India's 50, in the 15th over.

Vijay also gets an edge off the last ball which goes past the slip fielder for a four to raise the 50-run stand for the second wicket.

India have reached 55 for one in 15 overs with Pujara on 26 and Vijay on 27.
10:23  Vijay, Pujara steady India after early wicket:  

India 26-1 (10 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard


A bit of width from Islam as Pujara leans forward and drives away from his body but gets it in the gap past point for the first boundary of the match.

Pujara involved in a near run out situation as he looks for a quick single but is sent back by Vijay after he was halfway down. He had got an inside edge as he tries to turn it on the leg side and Vijay also gets an inside edge off the last ball trying to close the face of the bat.

In the next over, Vijay nearly does a Rahul as he drives away from his body but gets an inside edge but this time it misses the stumps and goes to fine leg for a single.

Pujara then looks to defend a short ball from Islam but gets a glove which falls short of the fielder at short leg.

The last ball is short as Vijay looks to pull but fails to get it off the middle however it goes off fine on the leg side for a four.

This has been a good testing few overs by the Bangladesh pace bowlers as India's batsmen have a few close shaves.

It gets even better for the visitors as Islam gets Pujara to edge one but unfortunately for Bangladesh the ball falls well short of the fielder at first slip.

India reach 26 for one in 10 overs, with both Vijay and Pujara on 12 each.
10:00  Vijay, Pujara steady India after early wicket:  

India 7-1 (5 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard


There is a short delivery down the leg side to Pujara, which goes through to the keeper but the Bangladesh players go up in appeal for a catch down the leg side. Replays show that the ball missed the bat by a long way but interestingly there is some noise as the ball passes the batsman even though it is a long way away from it.

The next ball is a bit fuller and on the pads as Pujara clips it through midwicket for two runs to get off the mark.

Vijay gets his first runs in the next over as he steers a wide delivery from Islam behind point for a couple of runs.

Taskin bowls a good ball which kicks off from length and hits Pujara on the gloves who is able to defend it on the leg side for a single.

It has been a quiet start for the Indians after the early wicket as they reach seven for one in five overs.
09:45  Rahul out for 2, India lose early wicket:  

India 2-1 (2 ovs) vs B'desh | Scorecard


Pacer Taskin Ahmed to start off with the ball for Bangladesh, who are playing their first ever Test match in India.

The first ball is a full delivery on the pads which KL Rahul turns to fine leg for a couple to get off the mark.

However, he dismissed three balls later, bowled off an inside edge. Rahul plays a loose shot away from his body without any footwork and only manages to get an inside edge which hits the back pad before going on to hit the stumps.

New batsman Cheteshwar Pujara manages to see off the remaining two deliveries to end a successful first over.

Kamrul Islam follows it up with a good first over to Murali Vijay, who cautiously plays out a maiden.

That early wicket will be a big boost for Bangladesh as they look to build some early pressure with a few tight overs.
09:22  Check out how the two teams line up for the match:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (w/k), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Aswhin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Bangladesh:
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumy Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Kamrul Islam Rabbi.
09:05  India elect to bat vs Bangladesh, Rahane replaces Nair:   India captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to bat vs Bangladesh, in the one-off Test in Hyderabad.

The big news is that Karun Nair has been dropped despite scoring a historic triple century in his previous innings, during the Chennai Test against England. A fit-again Ajinkya Rahane comes back into the playing eleven in place of Nair.

India are playing five bowlers, including three fast bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the two spinners.

09:00  India yet to lose a Test against Bangladesh:  India have a superb record against Bangladesh, having won six out of eight Tests played, while two finished in draws.
08:52  Confident India hope to continue run vs Bangladesh:  Welcome to the coverage of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad, on Thursday.

Spoilt for choice with a pool of top quality performers in their ranks, formidable India are overwhelming favourites against minnows Bangladesh in a proverbial 'David vs Goliath' one-off cricket Test that starts in Hyderabad on Thursday.

On paper, it is a lop-sided battle with the world number one taking on the ninth ranked side, but in this game of glorious uncertainties, rankings dont matter much.

For Bangladesh, it is a historic moment as they are playing a Test match on Indian soil for the first time but for the hosts, it will be more about maintaining the momentum they have acquired by winning seven out of the eight matches against comparatively better sides like New Zealand and England.

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