India openers tame toothless Tigers

India dominated a rain interrupted first day of their one-off Test against hosts Bangladesh after motoring to 239 for no wicket in the 56 overs that were possible.

Openers Shikhar Dhawan, who was unbeaten on 150, and Murali Vijay, who hit 89 not out, negotiated a rather toothless looking spin-dominated Tigers attack.

The home team had as many as four front-line spinners in their starting team but the India batsmen showed their prowess against slow bowling and blunted the hosts after India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field.

Dhawan was the more aggressive of the two batsmen bringing up his 50 off just 47 balls in the morning session as the visitors went to lunch on 107 with out loss in the 24 overs that were possible before the rain came.

After a delay that lasted nearly four hours the teams returned and Dhawan promptly went to his hundred off 101 balls. At the other end Vijay was content to play like a proper opener, bring up his 50 of 98 balls.

The Tigers will need to more invention in their bowling if they are to make any inroads into a powerful batting line-up, but looking at the forecast the weather might just save them from a mauling.