Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten century on Day 1 of Test cricket between India and Bangladesh put the bowling attack into submission on a rain-hit day, with the score reaching 239/0 on Wednesday.
On a perfect batting track at Fatullah’s Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, left-handed and right-handed duo put India on the driver seat where Dhawan dominated the proceedings from the start during his cracking unbeaten innings of 150 off 158 balls comprising 21 scrumptious boundaries.
He was ably accompanied by Murali Vijay, who played an undefeated innings of 89 off 178 balls as the duo were hardly troubled during the 56 overs bowled in the day which vindicated Virat Kohli’s decision to bat first after winning the toss.
This is also the second time that the Dhawan-Vijay combination posted a double century partnership after their 289-run stand in Mohali back in 2013.
They both showed positive intent sending the home team bowlers on a leatherhunt — something that newly appointed Test captain Kohli had promised after taking over the mantle from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The Bangladeshi bowling looked pretty ordinary on the first day of the match. It’s poor bowling figures saw every bowler delivering more than five overs with an economy rate of 3.50 or above. With a slow and flat track on offer, it was an onerous task for Bangladesh’s spin quartet of left-arm spinners.
Shakib Al Hasan (0/34 in 9 overs), Taijul Islam (0/55 in 12 overs) along with leg-spinner Jubair Hossain (0/41 in 7 overs) and off-break bowler Shuvagata Hom (0/47 in 13 overs) failed to stop the Indian openers who faced little difficulty in negotiating the pedestrian attack.
With no Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain or Taskin Ahmed, the hosts are still struggling for their maiden breakthrough.
The only fissure in Dhawan’s century was just before the rain interruption in the 24th over, when he got a reprieve when Shuvagata dropped a relatively easy catch at short mid- wicket off left-arm spinner Taijul’s bowling. He was on 73 at that time.