First Test Third Day
December 12, 2004
Sachin Tendulkar cracked a masterful unbeaten 248 as India were all out for 526 in reply to Bangladesh's paltry first innings 184 by lunch on the third day of the first Test on Sunday. Tendulkar, who had equalled Sunil Gavaskar's world record 34 Test centuries on Saturday, smashed 33 boundaries to give India a 342-run lead, putting them in a position to force an innings win. He shared a 133-run stand with last-man Zaheer Khan, who cracked 75 (115 balls) for his maiden half-century. Khan's previous best was 46 against West Indies in Barbados in 2002. Zaheer hit the highest score by a number eleven batsman. He went past New Zealand's Richard Collinge's record of 68 not out against Pakistan in Auckland in 1972.
lost two partners in Anil Kumble (1) and Harbajhan Singh (8) in the morning. But he kept the runs flowing to raise his fourth Test double-century with a pulled four which also got India, overnight 348 for seven, past the 400-mark. Only Rahul Dravid
, with five, has scored more 200s for India. The Indians were demolishing Bangladesh but they showed a penchant for going for individual records as they continued batting despite a huge lead. The wicket hadn't cracked but afforded turn and bounce, just right for Kumble and Harbhajan to get into the thick of things.
Bangladesh in return began disastrously. In the first over itself, Javed Omar was trapped leg before the wicket. The ball pitched just short of length, on the off stump and Omar, who was slow in reacting, gave Pathan his first victim of the day. (Four for 1). The Bangaldesh skipper hooked Pathan for four but the end was just round the corner. The next ball was another short one, and Bashar instinctively swung his bat and hit it straight to Zaheer at the square-leg boundary. (24 for 2). In the same over, Pathan produced yet another unplayable delivery to trap Rajin Saleh in front of the stumps. (24 for 3). In his fourth over Pathan rattled Mohammed Ashraful with a short ball that smashed into the visor of the batsman's helmet. Expecting another bouncer, when Pathan cleverly pitched the ball up and trapped the young Bangladeshi leg before wicket. The English umpire had now ruled seven batsmen out leg before wicket off the bowling of Pathan. The left-armer picked up his next wicket - that of Khaled Mashud - by producing an outgoing delivery that resulted in an easy catch to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. (36 for 5).
Rana, who had hit a gritty 24 in the first innings, was again holding fort for Bangladesh. With a little help from Tapash Baisya, he saw the day through for the team. He scored his first fifty in Tests with a push to mid-on in the last over before bad light forced the players off the field. His 96-ball innings of patience and character was laced with eight boundaries. At close of day three, Bangladesh were 170 for eight with Manjural Islam Rana, 50, and Tapash Baisya, 17. The hosts still trail by 172 runs with two second innings wickets remaining.
In Picture: Sachin Tendulkar
batters own record with a personal best of 248no