Fatullah Test Day 3: Ajinkya Rahane Takes India Close To 500

Rain continued to play spoilsport during third day’s play, between India and Bangladesh, at Fatullah. Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane scored useful runs to take India close to a 1st innings total of 500, during a rain curtailed day. The visitors ended Day 3 on 462/6, as this Test seems to be meandering towards a dull draw.

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane steered India past 450 on Day 3 at Fatullah

Bangladesh come back strongly with Shakib Al Hasan’s strikes in the morning

Shikhar Dhawan (173 off 195) came close to his maiden double ton in Test cricket before being foxed by Shakib Al Hasan, during the first hour of play. The left arm spinner then quickly followed it up with the wicket of Rohit Sharma. Picked in place of Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit, failed to justify the team management’s step. Skipper Virat Kohli too looked uncomfortable during his short 14-run stay at the crease. He was done in by the clever bowling of Jubair Hossain.Murali Vijay, at the other end, managed to keep his cool even with wickets falling in a hurry around him.  He reached his century and patiently anchored the innings during the first session. By lunch, India had amassed 159 runs at the cost of 3 wickets.

Ajinkya Rahane takes India close to 500

The complexion of India’s scoring rate changed soon after Ajinkya Rahane joined Murali Vijay in the middle. With the threat of rain looming large on Fatullah, India needed a boost on Day 3 to entertain chances of winning the match. Ajinkya Rahane came up with just that required ‘boost’. With 14 fours, Rahane blasted 98 off just 103 balls to propel India past the 450 run mark. He partnered Vijay to stitch a 114 run 4th wicket stand in just 22.4 overs. Shakib Al Hasan, however, hit back for Bangladesh with wickets of both Vijay and Rahane. India’s quest for quick runs on Day 3 was brought to an abrupt end by heavy rains in the post-lunch session.

Scorecard, Day 3 – India 462/6 (Shikhar Dhawan 173, Murali Vijay 150, Ajinkya Rahane 98, Shakib Al Hasan 4/105)

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