INDIA V BANGLADESH, ONLY TEST, HYDERABAD, 1ST DAY: M Vijay and his 178-run association with Cheteshwar Pujara first, and then an exceptional unbeaten 111 in 141 balls from Virat Kohli, made day one of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Thursday (February 9) all about the home team.
India won the toss and selected to bat first in this ground, ( Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium ) which those in the know say should start assisting spinners in a big way only after the halfway stage, India survived a couple of close calls and then lost some wickets against the run of play before taking control again courtesy Kohli to end on 356 for 3.
India created good score on the board because of the india’s most talented captain Kohli takes long partnership for the second wicket and took the game by the scruff of its neck in the way only he can. He middled almost everything thrown his way, and mixed delicate dabs and flicks with powerful cuts that seemed to gather speed as the fielders tried to cut them off.
Virat enter to pitch on 51st over, with less than 40 left in the day, in no time he was past his 50. From there to the century, and beyond, was a lot of brilliant strokeplay and excellent running, especially once he got Ajinkya Rahane as his partner. Rahane was back in the XI after an injury layoff in place of Karun Nair, who scored an unbeaten triple century in India’s last Test against England but had to make way.
Toss: India, who chose to bat
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, Joel Wilson, Chris Gaffaney, Nitin Menon
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
India 1st Innings
India: 50 runs in 14.3 overs
2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 86 balls (Murali Vijay 27, Cheteshwar Pujara 26)
Lunch: India – 86/1 in 27 overs
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