Rahim, Hasan keep Bangladesh afloat in India Test

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan have a mid pitch chat during the third day of the first Test against India at Hyderabad on Saturday. AFP
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan have a mid pitch chat during the third day of the first Test against India at Hyderabad on Saturday. AFP

HYDERABAD, Saturday (AFP) – Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan made gritty half-centuries to keep Bangladesh afloat against a dominant India on the third day of their one-off Test on Saturday.

Rahim (81) put on an unbeaten 87-run stand with teenager Hasan (51) to deny the hosts a wicket in the final session at Hyderabad's Uppal Stadium.

The visitors were 322 for six at stumps, needing another 166 runs to avoid the follow-on against the world's number one Test side.

Rahim, who also shared 107 runs with Shakib Al Hasan (82), braved a persistent Indian bowling attack to register his 16th Test half-century.

The wicketkeeper-batsman, who took 35 balls to move from 46 to 50, tackled the Indian spinners with patience on a pitch that still looked good for batting.

Rahim took a nasty blow on his finger from pacer Ishant Sharma in the final over of the day, only to hit the bowler for a boundary off the very next delivery.

The captain found a perfect partner in Hasan to stage a fightback after the visitors were left reeling at 235 for six in the afternoon session.

Hasan, who claimed two wickets in Indian innings with his off-spin, showed great batting temperament to register his maiden Test fifty in just his fifth outing.

The 19-year-old all-rounder, who made his Test debut against England in Chittagong last year, has struck 10 boundaries during his 103-ball knock so far. 

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