Rahim, Hasan keep Bangladesh afloat in India Test on Day 3

Mominul Haque and Tamim Iqbal were involved in an embarrassing mix-up which resulted in the latter getting run-out.

Earlier, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored impressive 82 runs off 103 balls at the strike rate of 79.61. Bangladesh had a tough time and it was evident with Shakib looking all over the place with his deliveries reversing.

The visitors had a disastrous start with overnight batsman Tamim Iqbal (25) being run out as he tried to steal a double with partner Mominul Haque (12), who was later trapped lbw by seamer Umesh Yadav. Missing an easy stumping chance to dismiss India's wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha today at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday only compounded the team's woes which had already suffered at his hands for making an bad DRS call.

Ninth-ranked Bangladesh, playing their first Test in India since gaining five-day status in 2000, have been under pressure from their table-topping neighbours.

If Bangladesh were expected to just fold over and put India on course for a win inside four days, that memo clearly did not get to Mushfiqur Rahim's men, or if it did, it was quickly thrown away into the dustbin.

466 - Runs added by Shakib and Mushfiqur as a pair in Tests this year, in 2 innings. Hasan too went on to score an half-century, his first in First-Class cricket. But, he made a mess of it and completely missed the stumps on the first go. Less than a month ago, having hit a Bangladesh-record 217 in the first innings against New Zealand in Wellington, Shakib needed only to bat for an hour on the fifth morning in order to ensure a richly earned draw. Shakib Al Hasan took advantage as he smashed three boundaries off Umesh. Wriddhiman Saha was not far behind as he made 106 not out.

Ravindra Jadeja sent back Sabbir Rahman shortlay after to pile more misery on Bangladesh. A resistance that saw Bangladesh not lose a wicket in the final session.

  • Julie Sanders