- Rohit Singh | December 24, 2022 | 5:26 pm
Ban vs Ind: Chasing 145 to win, India were 45 for four at stumps on day three of the second and final Test against Bangladesh here on Saturday. India lost the wickets of skipper KL Rahul (2), Cheteshwar Pujara (6), Shubman Gill (7) and Virat Kohli (1). At stumps, Jaydev Unadkat (3) was giving company to Axar Patel (26). Earlier, India dismissed Bangladesh for 231 in their second innings to set themselves a target of 145. Litton Das (73) led Bangladesh’s fightback on the third day with seven fours in his 98-ball innings.
For India, Umesh Yadav (1/32) removed the dangerous Zakir Hasan (51) just after the southpaw struck a fifty, while Axar (3/58) claimed the scalps of Mehidy Hasan Miraz (0) and Nurul Hasan (31) in the second session. India suffered a top-order meltdown chasing a small victory target of 145 after spinner Mehidy Hasan struck triple blows to keep alive Bangladesh’s hopes of a series-levelling victory in the dramatic second test on Saturday.
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The tourists were on a precarious 45-4 after 14 wickets tumbled on a frenetic day three — half of them in the final session alone. Axar Patel, promoted to number four, was batting on 26 at stumps with nightwatchman Jaydev Unadkat on three at the other end. Earlier, Bangladesh posted 231 in their second innings largely because of Litton Das’ sparkling 73 before being all out in the final session. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Najmul Hossain in the second over of the day.
Home captain Shakib Al Hasan played a loose shot and Mushfiqur Rahim fell cheaply too but Zakir Hasan made a patient 51 taking Bangladesh past the 100-mark. Having conceded a first-innings lead of 87, Bangladesh slumped to 113-6 but added 118 for the last four wickets after Litton, Bangladesh’s last recognised batsman, counter-attacked in the company of tailenders. He had luck on his side too. Virat Kohli twice dropped Litton in the slip off Patel and Ashwin respectively.