India went into lunch losing the solitary early wicket of K.L. Rahul, in the first over.
Pujara and Vijay carried the onus of run scoring on their shoulders reaching half centuries immediately after lunch. The going was smooth and the Bangladeshi shoulders were dropping when Mehedi Hasan, the offie got them the crucial breakthrough, ending a century stand partnership. The delivery reminded you of Graeme Swann the English tweaker. It was a drifter outside off stump, compelling Pujara to play at the ball. Pujara got the slightest of touches and the ball bounced of Rahim’s legs and on the second attempt the keeper took the catch. He was dismissed for a well made 83. With that the 178 run stand was broken.
Bangladesh have already used six bowlers and the bulk of the bowling, as expected, were bowled by the spinners. One can say that Bangladesh were disciplined in their bowling but were sloppy in the field. Even one feels they were a touch defensive in their approach. It is a in-out field Bangladesh have employed.
Virat Kohli walked in and played in a fashion as if he never left the ground, he looked at utmost ease while playing the bowlers.
It seems the platform is set, the Virat-Vijay duo may step on the accelerator in the last session and look to up the run rate, which was rather slow, considering we are playing Bangladesh.
Scores in brief: Kohli- 17*, Vijay- 98* Total -206/2, Hasan- 1/70