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Mayank Agarwal hit 21 fours and 3 sixes till Tea on Day 2.

Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane frustrated Bangladesh in a wicket-less session for the visitors, with their four-bowler make-up hurting them. Mayank reached his third Test century, while Rahane closed in on another hundred as India went to Tea on Friday (November 15) on 303 for 3, with the lead swelling to 153.

Mayank, who resumed the session unbeaten on 91, brought up his third century in five Tests early after Lunch. There was a dull period after that with the pair knocking the ball around for singles, but that changed pretty quickly as a flurry of boundaries came in the second-half of the session as Mayank changed gears.

With spinners operating from both ends, the pair, already good players of spin, ended up toying with them as Mayank brought up his 150. Bangladesh were out of ideas as the pair's unbeaten 184-run stand put India in firm control of proceedings, despite Mayank needing timely attention from the physio, presumably for cramps, in his unbeaten 251-ball stay. India scored 115 runs in the session at a rate just under 4.

In the opening session, there was an eerie silence that engulfed the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore briefly, much in contrast to the hubbub on the opening day. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli made his walk back to the pavilion for a two-ball duck as he played across the line to Abu Jayed and missed a slighty shorter ball completely to be trapped leg-before. The on-field umpire thought otherwise, but Bangladesh were rewarded for their call for a review, with Jayed accounting for all the wickets to fall. It was an over after Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed in the opening hour of the second day's play. Mayank and Rahane, however, ensured the scales tipped back in India's favour, keeping Bangladesh at bay since.

Abu Jayed's lion-hearted effort didn't go unrewarded earlier, despite India's scoring rate in the opening hour being on the higher side. Two dropped catches off his bowling in the innings, didn't deter him as he kept running in and hit the deck hard. Pujara was dropped early on in the session off him when a slash flew to gully where Mehidy Hasan managed to get fingertips but was unable to hold on. The drop didn't cost Bangladesh a lot though, as Pujara was snaffled in similar fashion a few overs later. All the talk for the need of Bangladesh's bowlers to bowl the fuller length, which they failed to do consistently yesterday, showed its relevance once again when Pujara, like Rohit Sharma, was undone by a fuller delivery. Lured into the drive, he only managed an edge that was caught by a substitute at gully for 54.

They didn't have the same luck with Mayank, who was dropped yesterday on 32. Mayank offered no inlets after that dropped chance. It brought Rahane to the middle who looked in sublime touch. He surpassed the 4000-run mark in Tests en route his unbeaten 82. Mehidy Hasan, who was introduced very late into the attack, was getting some turn, but the pair used their feet well against him and Taijul Hasan to keep them at bay.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 150 (Mushfiqur Rahim 43, Mominul Haque 37; Mohammed Shami 3-27) trail India 303/3 (Mayank Agarwal 156*, Ajinkya Rahane 82*, Cheteshwar Pujara 54; Abu Jayed 3-73) by 153 runs.

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