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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 December, 2004, 10:42 GMT
Tendulkar best as India near win
First Test, Dhaka, day three (stumps):
Bangladesh 184 & 170-8 v India 526

Tendulkar and Zaheer
Tendulkar and Zaheer shared an Indian record last-wicket stand
Sachin Tendulkar hit a career-best 248 not out and India closed on victory over Bangladesh in the first Test.

Tendulkar shared in an Indian record 133-run last-wicket stand with Zaheer Khan, who hit 75 - a record for a number 11 - as the tourists made 526.

Irfan Pathan took five quick wickets before tea - for his first 10-wicket match haul - to leave Bangladesh 36-5.

But Nafis Iqbal (54) and Manjural Islam Rana (50 not out) took the match into the fourth day, with the hosts 170-8.

Tendulkar watched Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh dismissed cheaply early on before raising his fourth Test double-century with a pulled four which also got India past the 400-mark.

It was Zaheer who took charge from the other end, however, cracking 10 fours and two huge sixes over the on-side.

Irfan Pathan
I bowled a lot better in the second innings than in the first
Irfan Pathan
His score surpassed the 68 by Richard Collinge of New Zealand against Pakistan in Auckland in 1972-73 as the best by a last man.

The partnership wiped the 109 shared by Ghulam Ahmed and Hemu Adhikari against Pakistan at Delhi in 1952 from Indian record books.

Tendulkar passed his previous best, 241 not out against Australia in Sydney in January, before Zaheer was stumped by Khaled Mashud while giving spinner Mohammad Ashraful the charge.

As Pathan opened the bowling on a lively pitch, it looked like the match would be over to with two days to spare.

First to go was Javed Omar who was trapped lbw for four and next Habibul Bashar perished for 12 as his attempted pull was caught by Zaheer.

English umpire Jeremy Lloyds then gave another lbw verdict against Rajin Saleh, who completed a pair.

Opener Nafis was the only top-order batsman to put up any resistance, recording for his first Test half-century.

But the onus rested on all-rounder Rana to continue his belligerent innings to take the match any distance into day four.

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (capt), Nafis Iqbal, Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Khaled Mashud (wkt), Mushfiqur Rahman, Mohammad Rafique, Tapash Baisya, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Manjurul Islam Rana.

India: S Ganguly (capt), V Sehwag, G Gambhir, S Tendulkar, R Dravid, M Kaif, D Karthik (wkt), I Pathan, A Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan.

Mirror Master Sachin Reaches Record - 26 hrs ago
Gulf Daily News Pathan bags five as India eye win - 28 hrs ago
Cricket Australia India closing on victory - 30 hrs ago
Sky News Pathan Guides India To Victory - 32 hrs ago
Asian Age India on verge of victory - 34 hrs ago
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