India close in on victory vs Bangladesh in 1st test

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Hyderabad, India (AP) — Bangladesh reached 103-3 in 35 overs at stumps on day four of the one-off test against India in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The tourists, chasing an improbable 459-run target, need another 356 runs for victory.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 388 in their first innings, prompting India to declare at 159-4 in their second innings to set up the chase.

At stumps, Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 21 runs, while Mahmudullah was batting on 9 not out.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara watches his shot during the fourth day of the one-off test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Feb. 12. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara watches his shot during the fourth day of the one-off test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, Feb. 12. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Post tea, Bangladesh made a poor start as Tamim Iqbal (3) was dismissed off Ravichandran Ashwin (2-34) in the sixth over. India called for a DRS review, which showed the batsman got an inside-edge onto his pad before he was caught at gully.

Soumya Sarkar (42) and Mominul Haque (27) then put on 60 runs for the second wicket. Sarkar survived a caught behind shout off Ashwin via DRS review.

Ravindra Jadeja (1-27) removed Sarkar, caught at slip in the 22nd over, and then Ashwin made it a quick double blow three overs later, with Haque caught at slip as well.

Shakib too survived a caught behind appeal via DRS, and later his 28-run partnership with Mahmudullah pushed Bangladesh past 100 in the 32nd over.

Bangladesh face an uphill battle to steal a draw from this match.

“It’s not just one batsman but we as a group have to build a 50-60 partnership and then see how it goes from the lunch time. We have to get through the first hour and stay cool in the dressing room as well,” said Bangladesh’s batting coach Thilan Samaraweera.