Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shakib and Shahadat dismiss India for 243

Sachin Tendulkar scored 29 of the 30 runs India managed on the second morning, manoeuvring the strike well and adding some respectability to India's total. Tendulkar scored his 44th Test century, and 89th in internationals, as both Shakib Al hasan and Shahadat Hossain reached five-fors - it was Shakib's a sixth in 15 Tests.

On the second morning, with India starting at 213 for 8, Bangladesh came with the mindset of attacking Nos. 10 and 11, and hoping that that Tendulkar wouldn't cause irreversible damage by the time they managed that. In the first four overs, Tendulkar let Ishant Sharma play only six balls, only one of which troubled him. And during those four overs, with fields coming up for the last two balls, Tendulkar hit 2, 4, 1, 4, and 6 to reach the 90s. Shahadat then moved round the stumps, and the change of angle proved to be too much for Ishant to handle, who edged a delivery going across.

Sreesanth got a single first ball, and Tendulkar reached his century off the last two balls of that Shahadat over - Shakib was seen applauding Tendulkar's effort. At the other end, Sreesanth didn't look overly comfortable against Shakib who got alarming turn, but somehow saw off one over. Shahadat did his bit by bowling a wide yorker to keep Tendulkar at his end. In the next over, Shakib got a leading edge that ended India's innings.

Tamim Iqbal got off to an aggressive start, taking 11 off Zaheer Khan's first over, and scoring all of Bangladesh's 21 runs in the four-over period before lunch. Once again, the first session had to be curtailed to one hour, thanks to the fog and murk in the morning.

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