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Ind vs Ban, 1st Test: Mayank Agarwal’s stupendous show continues, smashes 3rd Test ton



Indore: Continuing his batting brilliance, opener Mayank Agarwal scored his third Test century during the second day of India’s first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Friday. This is also his third Test ton in four matches thus far and the Karnataka batsman has continued a scintillating run of form that has seen him smash over 700 runs in his eight-Test career.

Mayank played the role of an anchor as he initially shared a 91-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara and then went on to stitch another partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket. He hit 15 fours and one six on his way to the hundred.

Mayank had finished the first session of Day 2 on 91 and managed to stay focussed to get over the line in the early exchanges of the second session.

Mayank has led the way with the bat as India continues their domination in the first Test against Bangladesh. India are gunning for a record-extending 12th consecutive series win at home.

The opening day also belonged to the Indians as the pace bowling trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav stole the show as they skittled out Bangladesh for a mere 150 after skipper Mominul Haque won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that had quite some help for the fast bowlers.


NZ tour: Samson replaces Dhawan in T20 team, no Pandya in ODIs




Mumbai: Wicketkeeper batsman Sanju Samson replaced injured opener Shikhar Dhawan for India’s five-T20 series in New Zealand starting January 24, while Prithvi Shaw found a place in the ODI squad which was announced on Tuesday.

Dhawan suffered a fall and hurt his left shoulder while trying to stop a ball during the third ODI against Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday.

An MRI of his shoulder was conducted, and the results have confirmed a grade II injury of his acromio-clavicular joint. His hand will be in a sling and he has been advised rest for some time. He will start his active rehab management in the first week of February at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), a BCCI statement said.

As reported by IANS, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Sanju Samson as Dhawan’s replacement in the T20I series. Prithvi Shaw has replaced the opener for the three-match ODI series that will begin on February 5.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya was not named in the ODI squad. As reported by IANS, he is likely to be back for the series against South Africa in March.

Pandya is set to head to the NCA and start his rehabilitation under the watchful eyes of NCA head Rahul Dravid and his team of trainers.

India’s T20I squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Sanju Samson, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur.

India’s ODI squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Prithvi Shaw, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.

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