Hyderabad, Feb 12: India claimed three wickets in the final session to tighten their grip against Bangladesh in the final innings of the one-off Test on day four at Hyderabad on Sunday (Feb 12).
Chasing a daunting total of 459 runs, Bangladesh were 103/3 at stumps. Shakib Al Hasan (21*) and Mahmudullah (9) will resume the visitors' innings on fifth and final day to try and save the match. (Ashwin surpasses Dennis Lillee's record)
Setting a target of 459 runs, India's spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin (2/34) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/27) gave hosts the breakthroughs at regular intervals.
Bangladesh lost the wickets of Tamim Iqbal (3), Soumya Sarkar (47) and Mominul Haque (27) in their reply.
Earlier, After bundling out Bangladesh for 388 in the first innings, India took 299-run lead and scored 158 runs in the post lunch session to extend their lead to 458 runs at Uppal stadium.
A quickfire fifty from Cheteshwar Pujara (54* off 58) and an aggressive 38-run knock from skipper Virat Kohli helped the hosts take 450-plus lead against the visitors.
India lost all four wickets as batsmen tried to score runs quickly for the side. Indian bowlers now have four sessions to get Bangladesh's all ten wickets to win the match.
Earlier, India decided not to impose follow-on as openers Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul came out to bat in the second innings.
In one over that India could play before the lunch break, Murali Vijay scored a single, taking the overall lead to 300.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim led from the front as he slammed his career's fifth Test hundred and second against India. (Sachin speaks on 'sweet spot' of Kohli's bat)
Mushfiqur was the last man to fall and became Ravichandran Ashwin's 250th Test victim. Ashwin, thus, surpassed Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee to become fastest to claim 250 Test wickets.
Mushfiqur played a defiant knock of 127 and frustrated Indian bowlers, who were struggling to get his wicket.
Resuming the day at 322/8, overnight batsmen Rahim and Miraz forged an 87-run seventh-wicket partnership before Miraz was sent back to the pavilion by medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 105th over.
The fall of Miraz's wicket brought in lower-order batsman Taijul Islam, who along with the skipper tried to reduce the huge gap of runs but failed as he was sent packing by pacer Umesh Yadav with scoreboard reading 339/8.
Taskin Ahmed and Rahim then stitched a crucial 39-run ninth-wicket partnership to get past 370 run mark.In the 125th over, Ahmed was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravindra Jadeja.
Jadeja bowled a flat and quick delivery outside the off-stump to which Ahmed got a thick outside edge and Rahane completed the formalities at first slip.
The last wicket could only add 10 runs to the total score as Rahim, who played an excellent knock was taken by Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets.
Ashwin bowled a flat carrom ball down the leg and Rahim looked to sweep but got the glove which resulted a simple catch to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
For India, Yadav scalped three wickets while Ashwin and Jadeja took two wickets each.
Umesh Yadav (3/83 in 25 overs) was India's best bowler on display but spin twins Ashwin (2/98 in 28.5 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/70 in 33 overs) didn't look incisive despite being economical on a track that is still pretty good for batting.