Rain halts Dhawan's charge

2015-06-10 08:22
Shikhar Dhawan (File)

Fatullah - Shikhar Dhawan hammered an unbeaten 74 off 71 balls as India emerged unscathed from the first session of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah on Wednesday.

Fellow opener Murali Vijay made 33 not out as the tourists raced to 107 for one in overcast conditions when rain forced an early lunch break on the opening day at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium.

Left-handed Dhawan hit 12 boundaries in his third Test half-century after India's captain Virat Kohli elected to bat on a slow wicket that is expected to assist turn later in the match.

The rain interruption 25 minutes before the scheduled break may have robbed Dhawan a chance of scoring a century before lunch, but he was lucky to still be at the crease.

Just before the players went off Dhawan mistimed a shot off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, however Shuvagata Hom failed to grasp a difficult chance at short mid-wicket after getting his hands on the ball.

Both sides had made changes ahead of the Test, with Harbhajan Singh returning for India after two years to partner fellow off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a two-man spin attack.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who is recovering from a finger injury, took the field as a specialist batsman with debutant Litton Das taking over wicket-keeping duties.

The hosts went in with four spinners, including leg-break bowler Jubair Hossain, leaving Mohammad Shahid as the lone seamer in the side.

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