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Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan Miraz shone with the bat as Bangladesh recovered from early setbacks to post 322/6 in their first innings at the end of the third day of their one-off cricket Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. Bangladesh now trail India's mammoth first innings total of 687/6 declared by 365 runs, and need another 166 to avoid the follow-on, surely their first target in this match.

The visitors started the day poorly and lost three wickets in morning session. Reduced to 109/4 at one point, Shakib triggered the visitors' fightback with a defiant 82. The in-form left-hander looked set to reach three figures before committing a poorly executed shot to hand India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin his first wicket of the match.

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday said current skipper Virat Kohli is going through relatively smooth initial days as skipper.

"The initial years as captain are smooth and Virat is going through that phase. He is a phenomena and with each game is taking his batting to another level," Ganguly, who captained India to the 2003 World Cup final, said after Kohli became the first player to score double tons in four consecutive Test series, surpassing legendary Sir Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid.

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Virat Kohli's double hundred and Wriddhiman Saha's second test century(106 not out) drove India to a mammoth total of 687-6 declared in their first innings against Bangladesh on the second day of their one-off cricket Test in Hyderabad on Friday. In reply, Bangladesh were 41/1 by the end of play.

Kohli, resuming the day at a personal score of 111, became the first batsman to score double hundreds in four consecutive Test series, surpassing the record set by Australian legend Don Bradman (1930-32) and compatriot Rahul Dravid (2003-4).

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Skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay's scintillating centuries put India in the driver's seat as the hosts posted 356/3 at stumps on the opening day of the one-off cricket Test against Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.

Kohli was batting on 111 with middle-order mainstay Ajinkya Rahane (45 not out) giving him company at the other end when the umpires removed the bails for the day. Earlier, Vijay (108) and Cheteshwar Pujara (83) shared a 178-run second-wicket stand to help India recover from the early loss of opener Lokesh Rahul (2), who was the only Indian batsman to miss out on what was a day for glorious run making.

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Cautioning his No.1-ranked team against any complacency while playing in Tests against Bangladesh, India cricket captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said the Tigers have the required skills to be successful in the five-day format as well.

"I think they have the skill. They just don't play that many Test matches to gain confidence as a squad. It's very basic. They have become a very good one-day side because of the fact that they play so many one-dayers and they have their set combinations," Kohli said at a pre-match media conference on the eve of their one-off Test.

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Returning to the Test mould after a brief limited-overs series against England, India will be aiming to resume their supremacy when they take on Bangladesh in a historic one-off cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from Thursday. The Test marks Bangladesh's debut five-day outing on Indian soil since gaining Test status back in 2000.

Despite India playing a vital role in helping the neighbours attain the status, both the countries have engaged in only eight Tests so far - all in Bangladesh - with India winning six encounters.

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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is one for the future as far as Test cricket is concerned and that is why it is important to keep him "in the mix", head coach Anil Kumble stressed on Tuesday ahead of the one-off five-day engagement with Bangladesh starting on Thursday. Pandya, 23, is yet to make his Test debut but has been part of recent India squads.

"We want to keep Hardik in the mix because he is someone who has the ability to become a good all-rounder even in the longer format," Kumble said answering a question on why the 23-year-old was part of the team despite not featuring in any of the Tests so far.

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