Stat Attack: India vs Bangladesh, Hyderabad Test, Day 3

Hyderabad, Feb.11: Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan struck scorching half-centuries as Bangladesh reach 322 for six at stumps on the third day of the one-off Test match against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here in Hyderabad on Saturday. He shared two crucial partnerships - 74 for the sixth wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (34) and unbeaten 118 with Ravindra Jadeja (60 not out), as India declared their first innings at 687-6. Now 365 runs behind India's total, they will be looking to ensure that a follow-on is not enforced upon them.

Earlier, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored impressive 82 runs off 103 balls at the strike rate of 79.61.

Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten for Bangladesh on 81, while Mehedi Hasan Miraz was 51 not out. When Umesh Yadav was firing on all cylinders, making life tough for the Bangladesh batsmen, it was the left-hander who took him on, playing shots that may have been risky. Result: Third over of the day, Bangladesh lost Tamim to a run-out to a awful piece of miscommunication between the two batsmen.

Resuming at the overnight score of 41/1, Bangladesh were off to the worst possible start as a awful mix-up led to Tamim Iqbal being run out for 24.

Shakib and Rahim added runs at a brisk rate, but not before the former teamed up with Mahmudullah to provide stability to Bangladeshi innings.

Although only two days are left, India isn't panicking.

Shakib scored his 21st Test fifty
Shakib scored his 21st Test fifty

Mehedi continued to take giant strides in worldwide cricket as he brought up his maiden half-century in Test cricket, cracking 10 boundaries and reaching 51 not out off 103 balls. He now also has 4 double centuries as India's captain which is second most behind Brian Lara who has 5 such knocks to his name. Rahim too completed 3,000 Test, he became the fourth Bangladesh batsman to do so in Tests.

With Mominul (12, 36b, 1x4) and Mahmudullah (28, 57b, 4x4) also falling without too much resistance and Umesh Yadav reverse-swinging the ball quite brilliantly, the Bangladesh innings was hanging by a thread at 109/4.

And Jadeja then removed Sabbir Rahman three overs before the break to peg Bangladesh back.

Bangladesh started the day on 41-1, and lost Tamim Iqbal (24) to a run-out in the third over of the morning.

Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry.

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