Shikhar Dhawan strikes ton as India tightens grip against Bangladesh on Day 1 of Fatullah Test
New Delhi: Opener Shikhar Dhawan made a memorable comeback by hitting his first century in 15 innings on a rain-curtailed first day of the one-off Test against Bangladesh at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Wednesday.
Dhawan who was dropped during the fouth Test match in Sydney started to score freely in the easy batting conditions.
The left hander along with Murali Vijay gave India a solid start and sent the Bangladesh bowlers and filders on leather hunting right from the start.Dhawan was more aggressive between the two and took India towards posting a huge first innings total.
Inspite of the interruption due to rains both the Indian Openers did not lose their momentum and continued to score easily after the lunch session.
Dhawan in particular was in immaculate touch and pierced the fielding placements with perfection and finding gaps with ease.
The southpaw reached his third test century with an amazing strike rate scoring it in just 101 balls in the 36th over of the match.
Earlier ,India were 107 for no loss in 23.3 overs after captain Virat Kohli won the toss when rain interrupted play, following which the umpires declared an early lunch at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium.
Left-hander Dhawan was 74 not out and Vijay was unbeaten at 33 when rain halted play minutes before lunch time.