25 January 2010
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid shared a 222 run 3rd wicket partnership as India piled up 459 runs for 5 wickets and took firm control of the second Test at Mirpur Sher E Bangla Stadium today. Both batsmen got reprieves early on on their innings as Bangladesh failed to hold on to opportunities offered to them.
Rahul Dravid survived early scare when he was run out on 9, but got a reprieve due to inconclusive TV evidence and he was caught off a no ball when he was on 28. Tendulkar was equally, if not more, lucky as Raqibul Hasan grassed two opportunities at point. Both batsmen made full use of the generosity and went on to make centuries on favorable conditions.
Tendulkar scored 143 runs off 182 deliveries with the help of 13 boundaries and one six before finally falling to Shakib Al Hasan. Dravid's innings ended in an unfortunate fashion as he was forced to leave the field after being hit on the jaw by a Shahadat Hossain bouncer.
Bangladesh picked some late wickets with the second new ball but with India already leading by 226 runs after 2nd day, Bangladesh will have to battle hard to avoid a heavy defeat in the 2nd Test.