Shakib hails Yadav's impressive spell on day three

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Shakib speaks at the press conference.

Shakib Al Hasan came into bat in a difficult situation when Bangladesh were reduced to 64/3 on day three of the Test against India.

The 29-year-old went on to notch up his 21st Test half-century before getting dismissed for 82. The all-rounder was well supported by captain Mushfiqur Rahim, with the duo stitching together a 107-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Before Shakib got into his groove though, he had to survive some quality bowling from Indian pacer Umesh Yadav.

Umesh is usually considered to be an inconsistent bowler, but his game came together on Saturday.

After the end of day’s play, Shakib was full of praise for Umesh and called the spell probably the best one he has ever faced in his cricketing career.

“He [Umesh] was bowling really well, probably the best spell I faced in my career. It was tremendous the way he was moving the ball both ways, all credit goes to him,” Shakib said.

“I was thinking I need to be positive at that time. If there was a ball to hit, I would obviously hit it and the rest I would play with soft hands, and make sure that I didn’t nick it.”

There were questions raised about Shakib’s dismissal after he mistimed a lofted shot straight to mid-on. He, though, wasn’t too fazed by that as he was batting in an attacking fashion during the entire innings.

“If you look at my innings, I was always playing shots. That one I didn’t connect well and that’s all I can say,” added Shakib.

“Other than that I think it was very positive the way I was batting I didn’t want to change my innings. I was playing the way I have been playing for the last five six years.”

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Spinners reason behind India's home dominance, says Ganguly

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Ganguly is one of India's most successful captains.

Since losing a series to England in 2012, India haven’t lost a single Test at home in over four years. During this period, they have played 18 Tests – winning 16 and drawing two.

During an event on Saturday, former India captain Sourav Ganguly was asked why India tend to be so dominant in home conditions and he was quick to credit the spinners for this success.

“Same thing that has made India dominant at home over the last 25 years – spinners. They just keep coming one after the other,” said Ganguly.

“You just hand the ball to any spinner, you just give it to Amit Mishra, he wins you games. You give it to Yuzvendra Chahal, he wins you games.

“You give it to off-spinner (Jayant) Yadav, he wins you games. So that’s what it is – spin. In India, you have to play spin well and bowl spin well to win, simple.”

Ganguly said that he wouldn’t be surprised if India whitewash Australia in the upcoming four-match Test series between the two sides.

“Yes, it will be very difficult (for Australia). As I said, I don’t predict in cricket, but I won’t be surprised if India wins 4-0,” added Ganguly.

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Top Tweets: India vs Bangladesh day three

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Mehedi Hasan is congratulated by Mushfiqur Rahim after reaching his maiden Test fifty.

The Bangladesh pair of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan frustrated the Indian bowlers in the final session of play on day three of the Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.

Both remained unbeaten at the end of day’s play after crossing their half-centuries .

Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan had scored a fifty for the visitors, before getting dismissed for 82. He was involved in a 107-run partnership with Mushfiqur.

There was a lot of praise for the Bangladesh batsmen on Twitter, with former India opener Aakash Chopra impressed by the fact that the visitors are not going down without a fight.

On the other hand, VVS Laxman was impressed by the bowling of India fast bowler Umesh Yadav in the morning session.

Here, we look at the top tweets of the day:

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