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.
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.
captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who is recovering from a finger injury, took
the field as a specialist batsman with debutant Litton Das taking over
The hosts went in with four spinners,
including leg-break bowler Jubair Hossain, leaving Mohammad Shahid as
the lone seamer in the side.