Agarwal century assists India with expanding lead in Bangladesh Test

Mayank Agarwal hit an unbeaten 156 as India opened up a pivotal first-innings lead over Bangladesh on the second day of their opening Test on Friday.

India were 303 for three at tea – 153 runs ahead – with Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane, on 82, putting on 184 runs for the fourth wicket in Indore.

Agarwal, beginning the day on 37, finished his third Test century to ease Indian nerves after captain Virat Kohli was out for a duck – his tenth in 83 Tests – in the primary session.

Abu Jayed, who asked opener Rohit Sharma to leave for good for six on Thursday, asserted the two wickets Friday with some trained pace bowling.

He got Cheteshwar Pujara (54) captured at ravine not long after the medium-term batsman finished his 23rd Test fifty with a limit.

In any case, it was Kohli’s wicket that carried bliss to Bangladesh after they effectively checked on a lbw choice. Replays showed the ball would have hit leg stump.

Agarwal stood firm with Rahane and went on the assault. His innings included three sixes and 21 fours. A physio went on the field a few times toward the evening session to extend his leg.

Rahane arrived at his 21st Test fifty and appeared to be glad to play second fiddle to his in-structure accomplice Agarwal, who midpoints more than 55 out of eight Tests.

India’s pace bowlers, drove by Mohammed Shami who took three wickets, packaged Bangladesh for 150 on the opening day after the travelers chose to bat first on a green wicket.

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