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India need 7 wickets on the Final Day to beat Bangladesh in Hyderabad

Bangladesh face a massive challenge in saving the one-off cricket Test as they reached 103-3 in their second innings after India set them a target of 459 on the penultimate day in Hyderabad on Sunday. Left with an unlikely 356 more to win on the final day, Bangladesh will need to survive 90 overs with just 7 wickets left as they play their first ever Test match in India.

Middle-order batsmen Mahmudullah (9*) and Shakib Al Hasan (21*) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day which saw the visitors concede a 299-run lead after being bowled out for 288 in their first innings. India then scored rapidly and declared their second innings at 159 for four.

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Ashwin breaks Dennis Lillee's record

India's premiere off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wickets.

Ashwin who needed two wickets before the start of the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh here, achieved the milestone in 45 Test matches, surpassing Australian legend Dennis Lillee, who had reached the 250-wicket mark in 48 matches.

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Shakib Al Hasan: "I played my shots"

Seasoned all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, whose belligerant half- century helped rescue Bangladesh from a precarious position in the one-off cricket Test against India here on Saturday, is unfazed with the criticism for his aggressive approach in the traditional format.

The 29-year-old Shakib, who fell short of his fifth Test ton by a mere 18 runs, forged a vital 107-run fifth wicket stand with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (81 not out) to help the visitors crawl back into the match after being reduced to 109/4.

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Sanjay Bangar: "You need to develop a bowling attack"

The Indian cricket team's batting coach Sanjay Bangar on Saturday praised skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble for preparing a bowling attack which could reap huge dividends during overseas tours.

Hailing India's strategy to go with five bowlers in the traditional format, the former India all-rounder said: "It's very important that the bowling unit is developed in such a fashion that even when India tours overseas, spinners will have to play a particular role and role reverses for seamers, when they play in India."

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Bangladesh battle to 322-6 on Day 3 in Hyderabad

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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