Kohli, Vijay centuries put India in control over Bangladesh

Wriddhiman Saha acknowledges cheers after scoring a century on the second day of the Test against Bangladesh on Friday

But when Virat Kohli addressed the press he dropped enough clues about the present and future of Indian cricket. While India have played Bangladesh eight times in Tests before this match in Hyderabad, this is the first time the two teams have met in this format on Indian soil. However, with 1605 runs, Pujara did surpass Chandu Borde's 1604 run record - the most runs by any player in Indian first-class season. In the next over, Mushfiqur Rahim and Bangladesh made a comical review, questioning a leg-before-wicket call to Kohli which had hit the bat and was nowhere near his legs.

The 178-run stand finally ended when Pujara edged a Mehedi delivery to the keeper, missing out on a well deserved century.

Kohli has 1,075 runs in this season, the 2nd-most by a batsman in a home season after Sehwag's 1,105 in 2004-05. It is a ground, where India have never lost winning three of the four Tests till date with the other being a drawn game.

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. Actually, had that run out (Murali Vijay) taken place, we could have had 5-6 wickets instead of 3.

Centuries from Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli helped India to 356/3 at stumps on Day 1 in Hyderabad in the one-off Test match between India and Bangladesh. "He left the good balls, edged a few but the loose deliveries were all hit for boundaries". "But missed catches, missed run-outs are part and parcel of the game", he said. The trow was poor and it came on the half-volley to Hasan, who could not collect it on time. Vijay and Pujara were initially cautious as only seven runs came off the first five overs. India finished the day on 356 for three as they weathered swing movement early on in the morning to put themselves in a commanding position.

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On Kuldeep Yadav, who replaced Amit Mishra, Kohli said: "I think he has been doing well in the domestic circuit".

Opener Lokesh Rahul (2) was bowled after getting an inside edge off Taskin Ahmed. The visitors are delighted as the spectators can not believe it. Cheteshwar Pujara has come to the crease, much earlier than he would have expected.

But with India being the top-ranked team now and Bangladesh languishing near the bottom, the situation in Tests is quite a contrast.

Bangladesh, who had beaten England in a home Test and fought well against New Zealand recently, have two fine spinners in the form of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan. Their only other win was over Zimbabwe.

Much like during the New Zealand tour, Bangladesh were guilty of creating opportunities but not seizing them. And it has taken them just under two decades to fly across the border and play a Test here. You might want to play three spinners, sometimes you might want to play three seamers.

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