Shikhar Dhawan hit an aggressive unbeaten 150 off 158 balls and Murali Vijay hit a sedate 89 not out as India rattled up 239 runs without loss on a rain-truncated first day of the one-off Test against Bangladesh at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Wednesday.
At stumps on Day 1, India were 239/0 in their first innings justifying their captain Virat Kohli’s decision to go in with five specialist batsmen.
Dhawan made a memorable comeback by reaching 150 off 158 that was his first century in 15 innings. The left-handed opener, who was dropped for the last Test match in Sydney, was ably partnered by Vijay to put India on the path of a huge total.
Dhawan reached 150 just before the umpires decided to call stumps because of fading light. Dhawan and Vijay stretched their partnership past 200 and in the process recorded India’s highest ever opening stand against Bangladesh in Tests.
Dhawan and Vijay resumed the Indian first innings at 107/0 after rain relented in the third session.
Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat opting for five bowlers including three pacers in Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav along with Ravichandran Ashwin and veteran Harbhajan Singh making a comeback after two years.
Dhawan replaced opener KL Rahul, who has been ruled out due to sickness.
With captain Mushfiqur Rahim playing as a pure batsman, Litton Das made his Test debut as wicket-keeper for Bangladesh.