Hyderabad: India is steadily heading towards another Test victory after setting Bangladesh an imposing target of 459 as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja came together to take three second innings wickets in the final session. Now on last day of the match tomorrow, India needs 7 wickets to win.
Ashwin, who earlier in the day became the fastest bowler to 250 Test wickets, accounted for Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque while Jadeja took out a well-set Soumya Sarkar for 42 leaving the visitors an improbable task on the final day to force a draw.
The late strikes came after India decided against enforcing the follow-on early in the morning session after Mushfiqur Rahim completed his fifth Test match century to cut India's first innings advantage to 299.
India had bowled just under 128 overs to bowl Bangladesh out for 388 and decided to give their bowlers a breather on a Hyderabad wicket, which despite offering turn in the final session, remained largely good for batting.
They then batted 29 overs for their 159 for 4, declaring their innings at Tea after Cheteshwar Pujara completed his half-century and stretched the overall lead past 450. That declaration meant India had 125 overs spread across four sessions to force a victory.
India bowled a lot better than they'd done in the face of Bangladeshi resistance late on the third day.
Brief Scores: India 687/6 decl. & 159/4 decl. (Cheteshwar Pujara 54*, Virat Kohli 38; Shakib Al Hasan 2-50) lead Bangladesh 388 (Mushfiqur Rahim 127, Shakib Al Hasan 82; Umesh Yadav 3-84) & 103/3 (Soumya Sarkar 42; Ravichandran Ashwin 2-34 ) by 356 runs.