India dominate day one with strong batting performance

Tricia Pearson
February 9, 2017

At the same time, they will be hoping others in their order stand up and score big, as the lack of reliable contributors among the rest of the batting order has been one of their most regular headaches. The only way you can win Test match is by persistence, application and discipline.

The second session would be crucial from India's point of view, as that will be the best time to bat on, so we expect India to up the ante, and show some aggressive intent. Vijay and Pujara were initially cautious as only seven runs came off the first five overs. It could also have been a different story for India as they were beginning to consolidate at 66 for 1. It's very basic. They have become a very good one-day side because of the fact that they play so many ODIs and they have their set combinations.

Bangladesh, who had beaten England in a home Test and fought well against New Zealand recently, have two fine spinners in the form of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan. They capped off past year with back-to-back victories over New Zealand and England, doing plenty of damage in limited-overs cricket.

"We really enjoy each other's company out there in the middle and he has a solid game". It will help us judge our progress better.

Kohli moved through the gears to bring up his half-century off only 70 deliveries and he and Rahane took advantage of exhausted bowling towards the end of the day to accelerate the scoring rate.

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Pujara was looking good for his 11th test century when he edged Mehedi and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim took the catch after the ball had hit the batsman's pad and popped up.

There is punchiness in his words, resembling the on-field battle cry from the Tigers whenever they have faced India off late. Selection or non-selection of a particular player had been food for speculation in Indian cricket in the past.

Kohli grabbed the loose chances with both hands, reaching his century with a flick to the mid-wicket boundary while Rahane played the flawless second fiddle as the Indian duo went undivided with a 122-run fourth-wicket stand when the stumps were drawn for the day. "Cricket is not a game of one man or two men". Abhinav Mukund, who made a comeback to the Indian Test team after six years for this match against Bangladesh, spoke of his conversation with Prasad about his future.

Rahim was clear in his pre-match conference that this wasn't a landmark Test. They are now level with Gambhir and Dravid, and one behind Gavaskar and Amarnath, and Sehwag and Dravid. "He deserves to walk back into the team whenever he is fit". The match attains the status of a glorified warm-up game as such. He managed that feat during the last Test of the series in Chennai. They have won 7 out of 8 home Tests this season, majority convincingly.

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