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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 December, 2004, 08:15 GMT
India batsmen make Tigers suffer
Second Test, Chittagong, day one (stumps)
India 334-2 v Bangladesh

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Gambhir's stroke-filled century was the first of his Test career

Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid hit a century apiece as India gained a strong position after the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh.

The hosts endured another woeful day as India racked up 334-2 with Gambhir hitting 139 and Dravid 145 not out.

They put on 259 for the second wicket in 68 overs as Bangladesh's inexperienced bowling attack wilted.

Sachin Tendulkar, after a double-ton in the first Test, clubbed three fours in an over to be 36 not out at stumps.

Tendulkar will now facy his chances of scoring a world record 35th Test century on Saturday.

India, leading the two-Test series 1-0, won the toss at Chittagong's MA Aziz Stadium and elected to bat first.

Virender Sehwag struck teenage paceman Nazmul Hossain's first ball on his debut to the cover fence.

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Dravid is the fourth man to hit tons against all nine Test nations

But before he was settled, the dashing opener then chased a wide one from Mashrafe Mortaza, Habibul Bashar taking the catch in the slips.

Bangladesh's promising start, with India 14-1 in the fifth over, proved to be a red herring as Gambhir and Dravid booked in for lengthy stays at the crease.

The limitations in the hosts' bowling were quickly exposed - Gambhir smashing Hossain for four off-side fours in one over.

The Indian pair were finally separated deep into the final session when Gambhir bottom-edged a pull shot off Hossain into his stumps.

Bangladesh had made three changes from the side which lost the first Test in Dhaka by an innings and 140 runs with almost two days to spare.

Batsman Rajin Saleh, all rounder Mushfiqur Rahman and seamer Tapash Baisya were replaced by Aftab Ahmed, Talha Jubair and Hossain.

India retained the same 11.


India: Saurav 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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