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India in Bangladesh, 2007


Bangladesh stutter in first innings

21 May 2007

Bulletin by Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

After a frustrating wash-out on the third day of the first Test match in Chittagong, play have finally resumed on fourth day on scheduled time. Indian after declaring at 387, have picked up three quick wickets and Bangladesh are in a spot of bother at 49/3 at lunch on fourth day.

Bowlers from both side dominated in the morning session on a surface that is offering no assistance for them. At first, Bangladesh picked two quick wickets within 3 runs as India decided to bat on, and that prompted Rahul Dravid to declare at 387/8.

Anil Kumble was ill and didn't turn up to bat, and Zaheer Khan perished in the third ball he faced nicking Shahdat Hossain to wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud without disturbing the scoreboard. Dhoni followed immediately, as he tried force on a delivery off Mashrafe Moratza that pitched just outside the off stump and Javed Omar took a simple catch at point.

Bangladesh made a stuttering start as they lost two quick wickets early on in their innings. Javed Omar was first to go, as he was adjudged LBW to a delivery that clearly pitched outside the leg stump. RP Singh was the lucky bowler to get the nod from umpire Billy Doctrove.

Captain Habibul Bashar added further misery to his batting form, and played a reckless shot to get himself out for a duck in the third ball he faced. Sachin Tendulkar took a nice reflex catch in the first slip as Bashar edged an away delivery off Zaheer Khan without moving his feet.

After the dismissal of Bashar, Bangladesh tried to repair the damage and Shahriar Nafees shared a 27 run partnership with Rajin Saleh with ease. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, when things were looking good, Shahriar Nafees lost his cool and edged one straight delivery of Zaheer Khan to Tendulakr at first slip. Nafees, who scored 32 with two boundaries, was again guilty of playing away from the body.

A little drizzle forced the umpire to take lunch 3 minutes earlier than the scheduled break, and Bangladesh have a lot of works to do to keep themselves alive in the Test match.


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