Monday, 18 January 2010

Tendulkar is now on fourtyfour

Sachin Tendulkar smashed a 44th test century for India before Bangladesh lost three quick wickets to end the second day of the first test on 59 for three.

Bad light forced an early close on Monday with no play possible after tea.

Tendulkar hit an unbeaten 105 but India were bowled out for 243.

Resuming on 76 with India on 213 for eight, Tendulkar scored all but one of his country's 30 runs in the morning session, the start of which was delayed by 90 minutes because of thick fog.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and paceman Shahadat Hossain shared the two wickets that fell, both completing five-wicket hauls in the process.

Shakib took the wicket of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, caught by Imrul Kayes at silly point for one, to claim his sixth 'five-for' in tests with 5-62.

Shahadat (5-71) provided Bangladesh with the first breakthrough of the morning with the wicket of Ishant Sharma.

Bangladesh made a solid start to their reply with a 53-run opening stand before paceman Zaheer Khan grabbed two wickets as India hit back.

Zaheer trapped Kayes lbw for 23 and uprooted the leg stump of his fellow opener Tamim Iqbal with an in-cutter for 31.

In between Zaheer's twin strikes, Sharma dismissed Shahriar Nafees, who had made four, with a catch at second slip from VVS Laxman.

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