Opener Shikhar Dhawan’s strokeplay vindicated skipper Virat Kohli’s decision of opting to bat as India comfortably reached 107 for no loss when early lunch was taken due to rain on the first day of their one-off Test against Bangladesh.
Coming back into the playing XI after being dropped during India’s last Test match at Sydney, the left-hander made full use of the opportunity treating the home bowlers with disdain during his undefeated knock of 74 off 71 balls.
Dhawan’s innings had 12 sweetly-timed boundaries while Vijay was unbeaten on 33 off 70 balls with four boundaries.
Just before the rain interruption in the 24th over, Dhawan got a reprieve when Shuvagata Hom dropped a catch at short mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam’s bowling. The southpaw was on 73 at that time.