Virat Kohli had a clear intent before he decided not ask Bangladesh to bat again. Barring openers, Indian batsmen responded to the call and scored at a brisk rate to give Bangladesh a massive target of 459 to chase in four sessions. Cheteshwar Pujara scored another half-century in one-off Test at Hyderabad. Pujara scored 54 from 58 deliveries.
Indian openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay got out early leaving India 2 for 23. Kohli and Pujara took charge of the proceedings. Kohli timed the ball with perfection, he tried to score as many boundaries as he can. Surprisingly Pujara too batted with almost run-a-ball strike rate. He even hit a six off a bouncer which amused Captain Kohli. The skipper got out for 38 trying to hit a boundary.
Boundaries dried up for a couple of overs after Kohli departed. Ajinkya Rahane took a few deliveries to settle. Rahane too shifted from first gear to fourth in a matter of balls. He too scored boundaries, he got out to a stunner of delivery from Shakib Al Hasan which uprooted the middle stump.
At Tea on Day 4 of the one-off Test, #IND are (687/6d & 159/4), lead #BAN (388) by 458 runs #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/vfWlWWkgWl
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 12, 2017
Ravindra Jadeja came in just before the Tea Break ahead of Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha. The all-rounder struck a huge six over long-on boundary. He scored 16 from 10 deliveries before the break to help India set a target of 459 runs.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 388 all out ( Mushfiqur Rahim 127, Shakib Al Hasan 82; Umesh Yadav 3 for 84, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 70) trail India 159/4 dec (Cheteshwar Pujara 54, Virat Kohli 38; Taskin Ahmed 2 for 43, Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 50) & 687/6 (Virat Kohli 204, Murali Vijay 108; Taijul Islam 3 for 156, Mehedi Hasan 2 for 165) by 458 runs