Kohli, Vijay centuries put India in control over Bangladesh

Bangladesh seniors Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim led a spirited fightback post lunch before the spinners struck twice to strengthen India's position on the third day of the one-off Test on Saturday (February 11).

"We are wary of their ability and the talent that they bring to the table", Kohli told reporters. Even the star of the first session, Umesh Yadav, has done little to affect the score as two of his deliveries outside the off-stump were both sent to the boundaries.

Here in Hyderabad, when he came in on the first day, M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara and already exhausted Bangladesh bowlers down with a 178-run partnership for the second wicket. The batsman went for a DRS review but the decision stood in favour of the bowler.

After going unbeaten in the last 18 Tests, Kohli's number one ranked team is widely expected to swat aside a Bangladeshi outfit that has never beaten top-notch opposition on their travels.

Jadeja's throw was spot-on and keeper Wriddhiman Saha collected the ball cleanly before whipping off the bails in quick-time.

The gulf between India and Bangladesh is more than just their positions in the ICC Test rankings.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, however, was not too keen on inviting Bangladesh to their domain. That he had four more shots to the rope for his second hundred runs was the extent of Kohli cutting himself loose.

With his 204-run knock, Kohli became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to claim four double hundreds in as many series.

Mahmudullah (28) then added 45 with Shakib for the fourth wicket, which took Bangladesh past the 100-mark in the 34th over. He deserved to walk back into the team whenever he got fit.

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India's captain Virat Kohli raises his bat to celebrate scoring 200 runs during the second day of the cricket test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.

Bangladesh started well as seamer Ahmed bowled Lokesh Rahul for two in the very first over of the match but soon the Indian batsmen started bossing the visitors around the park.

Bangladesh batsmen need to stay on the wicket throughout the day as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be looking forward to unleashing their wrath and take wickets early and finish the game.

The good news for India was comeback-man Wriddhiman Saha's unbeaten 106 off 155 balls - his second Test hundred that justified team management's huge faith in his abilities.

  • Julie Sanders