India lose early wicket after winning toss

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali,
Chittagong, May 18 (IANS) India lost the wicket of Wasim Jaffer on the very first ball after captain Rahul Dravid won the toss in the first Test against Bangladesh here Friday.

Pacer Mashrafe Mortaza clean bowled him at the Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium.

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India left out pacer Munaf Patel, apparently due to a fitness problem, and included left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh, who was not played in the team’s 2-0 One-day International series win. He was, however, asked to stay back for the Test series after pacer Sreesanth had to return home due to a calf injury.

V.V.S. Laxman was also left out, while Sachin Tendulkar, who was ignored for the ODI series, returned to the team for his 136th Test. Yuvraj Singh was named the 12th man.

Bangladesh missed Tushar Imran due to fever and teenaged all-rounder Sakibul Hasan made his debut.

India have played only three Tests so far against Bangladesh and won all of them. The previous match between the two countries was in December 2004.

India: Rahul Dravid (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Sachin
Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Karthick, Mahendra
Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Zaheer Khan, Vikram Raj
Vir Singh, Rudra Pratap Singh, Anil Kumble and Ramesh
Powar. 12th man: Yuvraj Singh

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice captain), Javed Omer, Shahriar Nafees, Shakibul Hasan, Rajin Saleh, Khaled Mashud (wicket-keeper), Mohammed Rafique, Enamul Haque (junior), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain. 12th man: Mehrab Hossain (junior)

Umpires: Daryl Harper (Australia) and Billy Doctrove (West Indies)
TV umpire: Enamul Hoque Moni (Bangladesh)
Reserve umpire: Jahangir Alam (Bangladesh)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)