Fatullah - Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay flayed Bangladesh's
bowlers with an unbeaten 239-run partnership on the rain-curtailed
opening day of the one-off Test match in Fatullah on Wednesday.
was unbeaten on a stroke-filled 150 off 158 balls and Vijay was on a
more sedate 89 after their captain Virat Kohli won the toss on the
easy-paced wicket at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali stadium.
Dhawan, who had been dropped for India's previous Test against
Australia in Sydney in January, marked his comeback with 21 boundaries
in his third century.
Vijay, lucky to survive a leg-before appeal
before he had scored, proved the perfect foil at the other end as
Bangladesh employed seven bowlers to try to break the partnership.
56 of the stipulated 90 overs were bowled during the day as rain, which
arrived 25 minutes before lunch, washed out the entire post-lunch
Floodlights had to be switched on in the morning session to allow play to take place as threatening dark clouds loomed overhead.
and Vijay attacked the four-pronged spin attack on either side of the
interruption to compile their second 200-plus stand after their 289-run
effort against Australia in 2013.
Vijay brought up the
double-century partnership with a six off leg-spinner Jubair Hossain,
but it was Dhawan who dominated the stand with attractive strokes all
round the wicket.
Dhawan raced to 74 off 71 balls, but the untimely rain interruption denied him a chance to attempt a century before lunch.
left-hander was on 73 when he mistimed a shot off left-arm spinner
Taijul Islam, but Shuvagata Hom failed to grasp a difficult chance at
short mid-wicket after getting his hands on the ball.
resumed after tea, Dhawan was stranded on 98 for seven deliveries before
pulling Jubair for a boundary to bring up his third Test century.
hosts' gameplan to play four spinners meant Mohammad Shahid was the
lone seamer in the side, with part-timer Soumya Sarkar sharing the new
Taijul was the most expensive bowler, conceding 55 runs in his 12 overs, while Jubair went for 41 runs in his seven.
have recalled Harbhajan Singh after two years for the current match, to
partner fellow off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a two-man spin
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.