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PHOTOS, One-off Test: India make Bangladesh chase leather

Last updated on: February 09, 2017 18:07 IST

Images from Day 1 of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh played in Hyderabad on Thursday

India's Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay jog between wickets on Day 1 of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Thursday

IMAGE: India's Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay jog between wickets on Day 1 of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI

An insatiable Virat Kohli smashed his 16th Test century and Murali Vijay registered his ninth to steer India to a commanding 356 for three against Bangladesh on the opening day of a one-off Test in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Murali Vijay acknowledges the crowd on completing his 9th Test century during the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Thursday

IMAGE: Murali Vijay acknowledges the crowd on completing his 9th Test century during the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI

India lost opener Lokesh Rahul in the first over of the match but were in a strong position at stumps after Vijay (108) added 178 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Kohli extended his recent run of powerful batting.

Ajinkya Rahane plays a cut short during his innings of 45 not out

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane plays a cut short during his innings of 45 not out. Photograph: BCCI

Kohli was on 111 at stumps, his fifth 50-plus score in the last seven Test innings, helping put India, currently the top-ranked Test team, on course for a big first innings total.

Ajinkya Rahane, returning from a finger injury, was batting on 45 at the other end, having played second fiddle to his skipper in their 122-run fourth wicket partnership.

Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed celebrates with teammates after dismissing KL Rahul

IMAGE: Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed celebrates with teammates after dismissing KL Rahul. Photograph: BCCI

Playing their first Test on Indian soil, Bangladesh got an early breakthrough when the sprightly Taskin Ahmed dismissed Lokesh Rahul with the fourth delivery of the match.

While many others in his place would probably have left the fuller delivery well outside the off-stump, Rahul went for an expansive cover drive without moving his feet, dragging the ball onto his wickets via a back-foot deflection.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay struck a 178-run partnership for the second wicket

IMAGE: Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay struck a 178-run partnership for the second wicket. Photograph: BCCI

Vijay and Pujara shrugged off occasional discomforts to help India overcome the loss with their fifth century stand of the current home season.

They patiently saw through the new ball threats from Taskin and Kamrul Islam Rabbi, the latter occasionally troubling them with the odd short ball, as the partnership bloomed.

Mehdi Hasan (left) loses the ball as he attempts to run-out Murali Vijay

IMAGE: Mehdi Hasan Bangladesh loses the ball as he attempts to run-out Murali Vijay. Photograph: BCCI

Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan induced a couple of edges but could not break the association despite occasional comic running between the wickets.

On one such occasion, both the batsmen found themselves at the same end but bowler Mehedi could not collect a throw and dislodge the bails which could have sent Vijay, then on 35, back to the pavilion.

Mehdi Hasan celebrates after dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara

IMAGE: Mehdi Hasan celebrates after dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara. Photograph: BCCI

Vijay made Bangladesh pay for the lapse, bringing up his fifty in 82 balls and going on to hit Shakib Al Hasan straight back for the only six of his knock which also contained 12 boundaries.

Pujara was looking good for his 11th Test century when he edged Mehedi and Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim took the catch after the ball had hit the batsman's pad and popped up. He fell after a composed 83.

After the tea break, left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bowled Vijay around the leg.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli are involved in some banter

IMAGE: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli are involved in some banter. Photograph: BCCI

There was no real respite for the tourists, however, as Kohli scored freely against the limited bowling resources of a team ranked eight places below India.

The right-hander needed 130 balls to bring up his fourth century in seven Tests, reaching the mark with his 10th boundary. 

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