Sachin Tendulkar stood tall among the ruins with his 44th Test century and 89th in internationals, as India folded up for 243, their lowest ever against Bangladesh, in their first innings on the second day of the opening Test on Monday
Overnight 213 for eight, India’s last two wickets fell in little over half an hour after a 90-minute delayed start due to fog.
Resuming at a personal score of 76, Tendulkar took just 20 balls and 25 minutes to complete his ton in the morning.
He reached his fourth century against Bangladesh in 160 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes.
However, Tendulkar, whose century on Monday is the second at this venue, ran out of partners as Ishant Sharma, who did not add to his overnight score of one, and Sreesanth (1) could not give him company for long.
The Indian innings folded after facing 70.5 overs.
Playing their first match after becoming world number one last month, the famed Indian batting’s effort is ordinary at best against a team which is ranked ninth in ICC chart and derided by the visiting stand-in captain Virender Sehwag as an “ordinary side”.
Hosts captain and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Shahadat Hossain added one wicket each on Monday to complete their five-wicket hauls.
Shakib returned with match figures of five for 62 from 29.5 overs while Shahadat took five from his 18 overs, conceding 71 runs.
Earlier, Tendulkar played to a plan this morning, taking most of the strike against left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and allowing Ishant to face pacer Shahadat Hossain.
The senior Indian batsman whacked Shahadat for a four to show his attacking intent. Tendulkar avoided running running for singles to ensure that Ishant did not have to face Shakib.
Ishant failed to stick to the wicket for too long and 20 minutes into the morning session he edged one from Shahadat which was happily taken by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
Last man Sreesanth survived an over bowled by Shakib but was dismissed by the Bangladesh captain in his next over, offering a catch to Imrul Kayes at silly point