India were in complete command at the end of the third day of the Test against Bangladesh on Friday, having set the hosts a target of 513 for victory in Chattogram. On the third day, India enjoyed a fine outing with the bat after bowling Bangladesh out for 150 as Shubman Gill (110) and Cheteshwar Pujara (102*) scored impressive centuries. Bangladesh ended the day on 42/0 but India will aim to overhaul the hosts’ batting lineup on the fourth day before traveling to Dhaka for the second and final Test of the series.
However, after the end of the day’s play in Chattogram, Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav was asked whether Bangladesh could chase down a mammoth target in the remaining two days of the match. No team has chased down a target of more than 500 or 450 in Test history; West Indies currently hold the record for the most successful run-chase in the longest format – 418/7 against Australia in 2003.
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Kuldeep, who took five wickets in the first innings, gave a simple answer to this question, on which the journalists present in the room laughed.
“I personally don’t want them!” Kuldeep said smiling.
“This is cricket. If someone gets 300, then maybe! We will try to get them out as soon as possible. That is our main target for tomorrow,” further added the Indian chinaman spinner.
Kuldeep notched up his third five-wicket haul in the longest format of the game as he registered figures of 5/40 in the first innings. After bowling Bangladesh out for 150, India declared their second innings at 258/2 with centuries from Gill and Pujara; While the young opener scored his maiden Test hundred, Pujara ended his wait of 1443 days for his three-figure score.
India had earlier scored 404 runs in the first innings in which Pujara top-scored with 90 runs.
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