India ended the rain hit Day 1 of the Fatullah Test against Bangladesh at 239/0. Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten on 150 off 158 balls, while Murali Vijay played a characteristically patient knock of 89. Virat Kohli’s decision to bat first after winning the toss paid full dividends, as the Indian openers set the team well on course to a massive 1st innings total.
Aggression from Shikhar Dhawan, patience from Vijay at start
The two openers sharply contrasted each other’s style of play during the first hour of the morning. While Dhawan went on the rampage right from the word ‘Go’, Vijay exhibited his usual patience at the top of the order. The Bangladeshi bowlers, however, seemed to have no effect on either batsman. Dhawan displayed an eclectic range of shots, as he took on every bowler in the opposition camp with aplomb. He reached his half century in just 47 balls, during the first session of play. Heavy rains intervened at the stroke of lunch, with the scorecard reading 107/0 and all the hard thinking to be done by the hosts.
Indian openers continue assault in last session
The entire post lunch session had to be abandoned due to the inclement weather conditions. However, the rain break failed to produce any discernible effect on Shikhar Dhawan and his partner. The duo followed roughly the same style of play from the morning session and added 132 more runs to India’s kitty before stumps.
Dhawan completed a memorable century on comeback in just 101 balls, and kept the runs flowing from one end. Vijay, meanwhile, brought up his half century, and continued to frustrate the home team bowlers and the home crowd due to his patient vigil.
In the absence of any serious threat from the Bangladeshi bowlers, both batsmen remained unbeaten at the end of the day, and are looking good for more runs tomorrow morning.
Scorecard – Day 1 (India 239/0, Shikhar Dhawan 150*, Murali Vijay 89*)