Kohli, Vijay centuries put India in control over Bangladesh

It wasn't easy to see which player batted or bowled well owing to a white cloth covering three sides of the practice nets - the fourth was concealed with banners. The most costly of them proved to be the comical let-off that India opener Vijay benefited from when on 28. When he was on 83, he edged a ball from Mehedi Hasan on to Mushfiqur Rahim's pads which the keeper dove and caught.

From such a bountiful harvest, India ascended to 356 for three on the opening day of the one-off Test.

India under Kohli, has preferred to play five bowlers with Jadeja and Ashwin doing an all-round job.

On the other hand, Bangladesh have played just four matches against India in India so far since 1991 - three One-Day Internationals (one in 1991 and two in 1998) and an ICC World Twenty20 game in 2016. However, India will have to bide their time as the wicket showed no signs of crumbling or favouring the spinners so early into the contest.

India's Murali Vijay plays a shot during the first day of the test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Skipper Virat Kohli has announced that the Karun Nair will be replaced by Ajinkya Rahane in the Indian team for the Test match against Bangladesh. The right-handed batsman was comfortable at the crease as the Bangladesh attack posed little threat on a first-day pitch.

Some Bangladeshi must have written the script. Taskin Ahmed got the visitors of to a dream start, scalping an in-form K.L. Rahul with a full delivery outside the off stump.

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POST LUNCH: The duo of Vijay and Pujara registered their respective half centuries, as the home team continue with their dominance at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Hyderabad.

Pujara and Vijay, who had a 370-run partnership in their last outing against Australia here in 2012-13, put on 178 in a 205-minute stay this time. Live scores of the match are available HERE and HERE.

Vijay worked the ball to square leg and even before deciding on whether to run or not, Kamrul Islam Rabbi made a sterling effort to stop the ball.

Rahane, selected ahead of Karun Nair, gave him firm company in a 122-run partnership that came off a mere 158 balls.

However, when Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke to the press, he dropped enough clues about the present and future of Indian cricket. The Indian captain continued to make most of the rich form he is in, plundering runs on both sides of the wickets and batting undeterred against everything that Bangladesh threw at him.

It was yet another instance of their batting inconsistency but Kohli refused to be complacent.


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