India played brilliantly on the fourth day of the Hyderabad Test as they scalped the four reamining first innings Bangladesh wickets in the first session in spite of a majestic century by Mushfiqur Rahim. In the process, Ashwin also reached the milestone of 250 wickets and became the fastest man to do so in Test cricket.
After earning a massive first innings lead of 299 runs, India gave their bowlers a breather by batting again. Although India lost both their openers to the guiles of Taskin Ahmed, another half-century by Pujara saw India pile up 159 runs for the loss of four wickets.
Bangladesh was set a daunting target of 459 runs in the second innings with four sessions to survive. Indian spinners, led by the wily Ashwin made life tough for the Bangladesh batsmen as they scalped three early wickets. Ashwin grabbed the wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque whereas Jadeja gobbled up Soumya Sarkar to leave the visitors rattling at 103/3 at stumps. The visitors now need another 356 runs with 7 wickets remaining.
India will go all out on the fifth day to win the one-off Test and give a strong message to the visiting Australians.
Here are the updates:
# Bangladesh score 103/3 at stumps by the end of Day four as Ashwin takes two important scalps
#Ravichandran Ashwin dents Bangladesh, scalps Mominul Haque
# Bangladesh lose second wicket, Jadeja scalps Sarkar
#Ravichandran Ashwin strikes opening blow, removes Tamim early
# And this is it. India have declared their second innings setting a target of humongous 459 for the Bangladeshi batsman.
# Tea called on Day 4. India 159 for the loss of 4 wickets.
# 50 up for Pujara. A well fought innings, aggressive and charismatic. Good signs for India with their important middle order batsman coming back into form.
# New batsman Ravindra Jadeja out in middle to join Pujara.
# Rahane was looking good, with a decent strike rate he was hitting the ball well. Unfortunately got bowled by Shakib on 28 runs.
# Shakib Al asan on a trot, gets rid of Rahane. India lose 4th Wicket. Hosts extend lead to 443 runs.
#Shakib scalps Indian skipper for 38, Rahane joins Pujara at the crease
#Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli build on for India
# India going steady after 2 big blows. Score 23/2 after 7 overs.
# KL Rahul again fails to impress. Two wickets in 9 runs. Trouble for hosts as Skipper Virat Kohli joins in Pujara at the crease.
# Another wicket gone. India lost 2 quick wickets. This time KL Rahul is the one going back to pavilion after scoring 10 runs.
# Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara is the new batsman, lots of responsibility on him to keep the scoreboard ticking.
# First wicket down for India. Murali Vijay walks back after scoring 7 runs. India 12 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
# India in a commanding position at Lunch, lead by 300 runs.
# Players out on a break for lunch. India 1/0 after 1 over.
# Rahul and Vijay come out to bat for the hosts in the second innings.
# India don't impose the follow-on. Indian openers to come out to bat soon.
# R Ashwin got his 250 Test wicket in the form of Mushfiqur Rahim. Bangladesh fold for 388 in their first innings.
# 9th wicket down for Bangladesh. Taskin Ahmed falls to Jadeja after scoring 8 runs. Follow-on trouble on visitors.
# Rahim has scored a hundred in his first Test as captain in West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and now in India.
# And that's it. What a commendable display of patience of by Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim. With a four Rahim completes his 5th Test hundred.
# And drinks taken in the first session on Day 4.
# It's not out and Rahim survives. India now don't have anymore reviews for the rest of the innings.
# Ishant to Rahim, no run, given not out for a caught behind. India immediately reviews the decision.
# Another wicket falls for Bangla boys, Taijul Islam departs to Umesh Yadav for 10 runs. 8th wicket for India.
# Stunning spell from the Indian speed merchant, Bangladeshi openers also resisting well.
# Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan added 87 for the seventh wicket
# Big blow to visitors in the very first over of the day, Mehedi Hasan departs. Bangladesh 7 wickets down now.
# Playing out in the field. We are all set to go.