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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 December, 2004, 10:56 GMT
India achieve commanding position
Second Test, Chittagong, day two:
India 540; Bangladesh 54-3 (close)

Mashrafe bin Mortaza strikes for Bangladesh
Mortaza was delighted to see off Dravid during the morning session

India had Bangladesh on the back foot after piling up a total of 540 on day two of the Chittagong Test.

Centurion Rahul Dravid was bowled for 160 by paceman Mashrafe bin Mortaza, who also dismissed Sachin Tendulkar lbw with the first ball of the day.

But Sourav Ganguly made a patient 88 and India then reduced Bangladesh to 54-3 at the close after a solid start to their reply.

Opener Nafis Iqbal made 31 before he was caught off Harbhajan Singh.

He batted for an hour and a half, but then fell to a bat-pad catch by short leg Gautam Gambhir.

The other two wickets were claimed by Anil Kumble, who had Javed Omar caught by Dravid at first slip for 10 and then trapped night-watchman Mortaza lbw for a duck with the final ball of the day.

It lifted Kumble's overall wickets total in Tests to 440.

India had resumed at the start of play on 334-2 but Tendulkar's dismissal was soon followed by the loss of Dravid, who added 15 to his overnight score before he was caught behind off a rising delivery.

The decline continued as VVS Laxman gave a return catch to spinner Mohammad Rafique after making only nine and the left-arm spinner also accounted for Dinesh Karthik (11) and Irfan Pathan (four) as the tourists were reduced to 412-7.

Harbhajan Singh hits a boundary
Harbhajan helped carry the total well past 500

Ganguly finally found a dependable partner in Kumble but the scoring rate provided few thrills for the crowd as they added 53 in 23 overs.

Kumble eventually fell victim to Mohammad Ashraful's occasional leg-spin when he was stumped for 23 by Khaled Mashud, who also claimed three catches.

But Harbhajan enlivened proceedings with two sixes and seven fours in his 47 off 43 balls in a partnership of 75 with his captain.

The pair were out in successive overs as Ganguly was caught by Talha Jubair off Rafique, whose reward for 50 overs of toil was figures of 4-156, and Harbhajan became 17-year-old Nazmul Hossain's second victim in Test cricket.

The pick of the attack, however, was Mortaza, who finished with figures of 3-60.

India: Sourav Ganguly (c), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan.

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (c), Khaled Mashud, Nafis Iqbal, Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Talha Jubair, Manjural Islam Rana, Nazmul Hossain.

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