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India in command as Tigers falter

  • Published at 10:12 am November 14th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Mominul Haque looks back at his shattered timber during day one of their first Test against India in Indore Thursday AFP

India ended the day on 86/1 after 26 overs, having bowled out the visitor for 150 earlier in the day

Host India are in a commanding position after the close of play on the first day of the first Test match against Bangladesh, at Holkar Stadium.

India ended the day on 86/1 after 26 overs, having bowled out the visitor for 150 earlier in the day.

Indian opener Mayank Agarwal (37) and No 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (43) are still at the crease, with the wicket of Rohit Sharma (six) the only one in the Indian innings, so far.

Rohit was caught behind by wicket-keeper Liton Das off the bowling of pacer Abu Jayed in the eighth over of the innings. 

Just before the close of play, Agarwal was dropped by Imrul Kayes off the bowling of the same bowler.

Earlier in the morning, stand-in Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque elected to bat first. 

Bangladesh chose to field only two pacers in the starting XI (Jayed and Ebadat Hossain), leaving out Mustafizur Rahman.

Speaking after the toss, Indian captain Virat Kohli said he had wanted to bowl first anyway, so that he could bring his fast bowlers into the game. 

The first two hours of play appeared to prove him correct, as the Indian pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami dominated the session.

A superb swing bowling display from the Indian pacers ensured that the Bangladesh batsmen never got comfortable. 

Experienced Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes (six) was the first batsman to get out, edging a delivery from Yadav that was caught at second slip by Ajinkya Rahane in the last ball of the sixth over.

In the very next over, other opening batsman Shadman Islam (six) lost his wicket as well, nicking a delivery from Ishant straight to keeper Wriddhiman Saha.

The Indian fast bowlers continued to create chances, and Mohammed Shami picked up the wicket of Mohammad Mithun (13) lbw in the last ball of the 18th over. 

Bangladesh went into the lunch break on 63/3.

Mominul and senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim showed some resistance after the break, putting on a 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket. 

The partnership ended when Mominul was finally cleaned up by off-spinning all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin in the 38th over, after a gutsy 37. 

Subsequently, experienced batsman Mahmudullah (10) took to the crease and threw his wicket away while attempting a slog sweep against Ashwin in the 46th over. 

Mahmudullah never seemed to settle at the crease and struggled with the Indian bowlers throughout his 30-ball stay.

In the 54th over, Mushfiq finally lost his wicket after having been given two lives by the Indian fielders. 

He was bowled by a sharp delivery from Shami as he connected the inside edge before the ball disturbed the stumps.

The loss of Mushfiq’s wicket triggered a collapse in Bangladesh’s lower middle-order, with all the remaining batsmen losing their wickets in the next four overs. 

From a score of 140/5, Bangladesh were all out for 150.

1ST TEST, DAY 1

BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS    R    B    

Shadman c Saha b Ishant    6    24

Imrul c Rahane b Yadav        6    18

Mominul b Ashwin        37    80

Mithun lbw b Shami        13    36

Mushfiq b Shami        43    105

Mahmudullah b Ashwin        10    30

Liton c Kohli b Ishant        21    31

Miraz lbw b Shami         0    1

Taijul run out (Jadeja/Saha)    1    7

Jayed not out            7    14

Ebadat b Yadav            2    5

Extras (lb3, w1)            4

Total (58.3 overs)        150

Fall Of Wickets

1-12 (Imrul), 2-12 (Shadman), 3-31 (Mithun), 4-99 (Mominul), 5-115 (Mahmudullah), 6-140 (Mushfiq), 7-140 (Miraz), 8-140 (Liton), 9-148 (Taijul), 10-150 (Ebadat)

Bowling: Ishant 12-6-20-2, Yadav 14.3-3-47-2, Shami 13-5-27-3 (w1), Ashwin 16-1-43-2, Jadeja 3-0-10-0

INDIA 1ST INNINGS        R    B

Agarwal not out                       37    81

Rohit c Liton b Jayed        6    14

Pujara not out            43    61

Total (26 overs)            86/1

Fall Of Wicket

1-14 (Rohit)

Bowling: Ebadat 11-2-32-0, Jayed 8-0-21-1, Taijul 7-0-33-0