Day 3 of the first test between Bangladesh and India saw the most overs being bowled so far in a day in this test – and yet they fell shot of the required quota for the day by about 20 – that gives an indication of how much cricket has been played in these three days.
Bangladesh, like India didn’t capitalize on the good start they got to lose their way early to be 98 for 6, well before lunch. But as it happened in the only test that India failed to win against Bangladesh, India let them off the hook. In that other match, their No. 8 scored 79 – in this match, he scored 69. The names of the players may be different, but those runs have been significant contributions. The first one from Mortaza saved the test for Bangladesh, and it remains to be seen if the performance from Mahmudullah, is enough to save this test.
As I had predicted, India managed to take the lead – but by just one run 🙂 India then finished the day on 122/1 with an overall lead of 123. Sehwag again failed to capitalise on the good start, getting out for 45. Mishra came out as night watchmen and remained not out on 24 with Gambhir on 46 at close.
The plan for India would be to add another 200 odd runs and declaring early to give their bowlers sufficient time to bowl out Bangladesh in the remaining overs…which could get sufficiently decreased owing to the weather and bad light.