India extends overall lead to 385

India extends overall lead to 385


Gautam Gambhir on his way to century during the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. AFPAt tea, India were 384 for seven in 81 overs with Laxman and Zaheer Khan (11-ball 17) in the middle.

India scored at a brisk pace at the post-lunch session after Gambhir's ton in the morning, adding 125 runs from 27 overs and losing three wickets in the process.

With the wicket still looking good to bat without much deterioration, the visitors would look to continue for a brief period in the final session to push the lead past 400 before asking Bangladesh to chase a stiff target.

The Indians could not stitch any big partnership in the post-lunch session after the 98-run partnership for the second wicket in the morning between opener Gambhir (116) and night watchman Amit Mishra (50).

First innings centurion, Sachin Tendulkar (16) punished pacer Rubel Hossain for two boundaries in the second over after lunch but the bowler had the last laugh removing the star batsman in his next over LBW to reduce India to 272 for five. Tendulkar faced 26 balls for his 16 and hit two fours.

The Indian batsmen did not show any hurry for quick runs. Apparently the pitch was still easy to bat on without much deterioration as only 158.3 overs have been bowled in the last three days.

Yuvraj Singh (25), who came in at the fall of Tendulkar and opened his account with a cheeky four from an edge which carried to the boundary, and Laxman ran mostly in singles with occasional four to take India to 300 inside the first hour of the post-lunch session in front of barely 3,000 spectators at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium.

Just after the drink break, Yuvraj failed to keep down his drive off a Shahadat Hossain angling ball on the off side and Mohammad Ashraful took a simple catch at short cover.
Yuvraj, who made 12 in the first innings, hit three fours from the 32 balls and shared a 41-run stand for the sixth wicket from 9.5 overs with Laxman.

Dinesh Karthik (27), who was out for a duck in the first innings, perished just before the tea while trying to score some quick runs.

With the overall lead going past 350, Karthik showed intentions of attacking the Bangladesh bowlers and hit a four off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan with a reverse paddle sweep.

But he fell next over with Rubel Hussain taking a diving catch after the batsman failed to clear the mid-off to give Mahmadullah Riad his second wicket of the day.
Karthik shared a 49-run stand for the seventh wicket with Laxman from 11 overs.

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