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Pujara, Iyer lead India fightback against Bangladesh in first Test

India's Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during the first day of the first Test. ©AFP

Chittagong (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer shared an unbroken 62-run partnership as India fought back against Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong on Wednesday. 

The visitors reached 174-4 by tea on the opening day with Pujara -- who was dropped earlier in his innings -- on 42 alongside Iyer on 41. 

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan took the only wicket of the post-lunch session when he bowled Rishabh Pant after a swashbuckling 46. 

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam in the opening session had opener Shubman Gill out for 20 before he trapped India's danger man Virat Kohli leg-before for one. 

In between, KL Rahul dragged a Khaled Ahmed delivery onto his stumps after making 22.

Pant launched a counter-attack, hitting six fours and two sixes to put India back in the driving seat after being 48-3.

After lunch wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan dropped Pujara off Ebadot Hossain on 12 in the second ball of the second session.

India had made a brisk start, reaching 41 runs in 13 overs after stand-in skipper Rahul won the toss and elected to bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. 

Gill attempted a paddle sweep but could only manage a top edge which flew to Yasir Ali at leg slip.After Rahul fell to Khaled, Taijul got the big wicket of Kohli. 

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan passed a fitness test and was captaining the home side, who handed opening batsman Zakir Hasan a Test debut. 

India have been hit by injuries with captain Rohit Sharma out for at least the first match and fast bowler Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja playing no part in the series. 

The two-match series forms part of the ICC World Test Championship.India are fourth, having won six of their 12 matches.Bangladesh are in last place with eight defeats from 10 matches. 

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