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Indore Test: Mayank inches closer to ton, India lead by 38

Mayank Agarwal (File photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Mayank Agarwal (File photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Mayank Agarwal on Friday moved within 9 runs of his third Test century as India took a lead of 38 runs in the first session of Day 2 of their first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. 
 
India went into lunch with a score of 188/3 on board.
 
India started the day on 86/1 with Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. The pair had seen India through to the end of play on Day 1 after Rohit Sharma was dismissed early but the partnership did not last long on Friday. Abu Jayed lured Pujara into a drive in the fourth over of the day with a delivery outside off that moved away slightly. The ball took the outside edge and substitute fielder Saif Hassan did well to dive to his left and hold on at fourth slip. The second-wicket stand between Pujara and Agarwal thus ended on 91.
 
Agarwal got to his fifty with a four in the next over but then Abu Jayed struck again for Bangladesh in the next with the all-important wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The umpire had initially not raised his finger for the LBW appeal but Mominul Haque went for the review. Ball tracking showed that the delivery would have taken Kohli's left stump and the decision was reversed. Kohli was dismissed for a two-ball duck.
 
However, that was the last Indian wicket to fall in the session with Ajinkya Rahane sticking on with Agarwal to post 69 runs for the fourth wicket. In the process, Rahane became the 16th Indian to go past 4,000 Test runs. The pair expertly chipped away at the Bangladeshi bowlers as India surpassed their opponents' first-innings total.
 
Brief scores: Bangladesh 150 all out (Mushfiqur Rahim 43; Mohammed Shami 3/27); India 188/3 (Mayank Agarwal 91, Cheteshwar Pujara 54; Abu Jayed 3/58)
 
IANS

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