India will be aiming to resume their supremacy when they take on Bangladesh in a historic one-off Test Hyderabad. Follow Live here.
Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of the Day 1 of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates. (LIVE SCORECARD)
12.01 IST: Bangladesh missed many chances in the first session of the One-off Test.
11.46 IST: Bangladesh have taken a wicket five times in the first over of a Test till now. This includes Taskin dismissing Rahul today.
11.35 IST: Vijay and Pujara once again put on a solid stand to give the session's honors to the hosts.
11.28 IST: LUNCH! India have dominated the first session after Taskin removed Rahul for 2 in the first over. Vijay and Pujara have since scored at a brisk rate, taking India to 86/1. Bangladesh dropped some half chances and they might have to pay for that. They also missed a run-out chance. The experts feel conditions would ease off after lunch and it could be a lot of hard work and leather-chasing for the visitors. Can they fight back in the second session? Join us here for all the live updates.
11.28 IST: Last over before lunch as Mehedi bowls to Vijay. Hard work in store for Bangladesh in the second session.
11.19 IST: Vijay averages over 77 in first or only Tests of a series since England tour of 2014.
10.59 IST: What a reprieve for Vijay! Floated on a length on off, worked gently towards the leg side. Both batsmen were having a mix up and eventually Vijay decides to complete the single. Easy run out chance but Mehedi fails to collect the throw at the bowler's end. Easily the best chance the tourists have had to break this stand but they have messed it up.
10.49 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Vijay gets on top of the bounce and slashes it up over point.
10.34 IST: Mehedi Hasan introduced into the attack. The young spinner was impressive against England last year and would be hoping to carry on in the same vein.
10.29 IST: FOUR! HAMMERED! Dug in short on middle and leg, Vijay rocks back and pulls it imperiously down to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
10.22 IST: Soumya Sarkar comes on to bowl. Bangladesh don't have a third pacer and so he has to fill in as a support seamer.
10.20 IST: Has Virat Kohli missed a trick by opting to bat on a green top? Indian fast bowlers Ishant, Umesh and Bhuvneshwar would have loved to have a go at the Bangladesh batting line-up and who knows the visitors would have been 2-3 wickets down in the first session.
10.15 IST: This is Bangladesh's 98th Test match and their first in India. This goes to show how much Bangladesh needs to play Test cricket in order to improve in their record in the format. However, past couple of years have been good for them in terms of overall cricketing point of view.
9.59 IST: Good stuff early on from Bangladesh fast bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi. They have been impressive with their line and length. Bangladesh's fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh must be happy with the effort.
9.41 IST: Sunil Gavaskar rightly points out that it is always important for a Test opener to spent time in the middle. You have the opportunity to have dot balls in Test cricket. "It's a five-day game and not a limited-overs match," laments Gavaskar after watching Rahul's dismissal.
9.30 IST: The players and umpires are making their way out to the middle after the National Anthems of the two teams. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay to open the batting for India.
9.25 IST: Karun Nair is only the fourth player in history to sit out of the next Test after scoring a Triple century.
9.10 IST:Virat Kohli: We would like to bat first. Looks like a pretty nice surface to bat on. A hard surface, an even covering of grass and should be nice to bat on. Hyderabad has always been a good batting wicket. It is hard and the fast bowlers do get some help out here if they bowl in the right areas and today promises to be no different. For us the opposition is not something we focus on, we focus on executing our skills and executing our plans. We would like to go ahead and play this Test match with the same mindset. We are playing with five bowlers and unfortunately Karun misses out. Ajinkya Rahane comes back in. Bhuvi, Umesh and Ishant are the three quicks along with Ashwin and Jadeja.
Mushfiqur Rahim: A great moment for Bangladesh cricket and hopefully we would put up a good performance against the number one team in the world. We learnt a couple of things from the last match, a couple of mistakes cost us the game against NZ. We have to keep our momentum up for all five days and we learnt some key lessons out there. The wicket would be pretty good for the first two days and the spinners will come in later. We are going in with two quicks, two spinners and seven batsmen.
Virat Kohli might be on a high as a captain and as a batsman, especially in Test cricket but that does not mean he is taking Bangladesh lightly.
Ashwin is now just two wickets away from becoming the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wickets. He has so far picked up 248 wickets in 44 Test matches at an average of 24.96 including 24 five-wicket hauls. Australian fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee, who holds the record, reached the 250-mark in 48 matches.
Virat Kohli is not only the most popular cricketer in India right now but is also considered to be the best of his generation by past and present players as well.
Incidentally, India were Bangladesh's first opponents in their inaugural Test. After that, over the next 15 years, the countries faced off only seven more times in Test cricket.
8.30 IST: India and Bangladesh have played only eight Tests so far - all in Bangladesh - with India winning six encounters.Two matches have ended in stalemate.
Brief Preview: India played against Bangladesh in their first Test match back in November 2000.
Sourav Ganguly was captain of a powerful Indian side that had in its ranks Shiv Sundar Das and Sadagopan Ramesh as openrs. The middle-order consited of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar alongside Ganguly. Sunil Joshi, Ajit Agarkar, Murali Karthik and Javagal Srinath were still part of the bowling attack with a young and quick Zaheer Khan.
Exactly 195 months later, a completely different-looking India squad braces up to play Bangladesh in their first Test on Indian soil. (Read Full Preview)