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Imperious Agarwal leads India charge

  • Published at 11:01 am November 15th, 2019
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India's Mayank Agarwal raises his bat after reaching his double century during day two of their first Test against Bangladesh in Indore Friday AFP

Tigers pacers Abu Jaed Rahi has picked both the wickets in the first hour on day two as Pujara (54) and India skipper Kohli (0) went back to pavilion

India maintained their dominance on the second day of the first Test against visiting Bangladesh, reaching stumps on 493/6 at Holkar Stadium– a first innings lead of 343 runs.

The strong Indian performance was led by a magnificent knock from opener Mayank Agarwal, who hit 28 fours and eight sixes on way to scoring 243 off 330 deliveries before getting caught out in the deep.

Ravindra Jadeja (60) and Umesh Yadav (25) were at the crease at the close of play.

Pacer Abu Jayed was Bangladesh’s standout performer of the day, picking up four out of the six Indian wickets to fall. 

Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Ebadat Hossain took one wicket each; with Miraz being the one to finally dismiss Agarwal.

Bangladeshi seamers Jayed and Ebadat started the day brightly as India resumed on 86/1, with Jayed picking up the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Indian captain Virat Kohli early on in his spell.

Pujara could have been out even earlier than he was, with Miraz dropping a catch off Jayed’s bowling in the latter’s second over of the day. 

Kohli was sent back to the pavilion before he could score a run, adjudged lbw after facing just two deliveries. 

The Indian skipper was initially given not out, but the decision was reversed following a Bangladesh review.

With India on 119/3, Agarwal and No 4 batsman Ajinkya Rahane put up a 190-run partnership to wrest the game back from Bangladesh.

Agarwal brought up his century in the 60th over of India’s innings, but Rahane fell 14 short of his own when he was caught out off the bowling of Jayed in the 86th over. 

He looked solid throughout his 172-ball 86.

Rahane’s dismissal did not give Bangladesh much in the way of respite, as Agarwal then formed a 123-run partnership with Jadeja.

Agarwal was in an attacking mood throughout his innings, bringing up his century with a six against spinner Miraz in the 99th over. 

He was finally caught out while attempting to knock the same bowler out of the ground again with just a few overs left in the day. 

This was the second double century of Agarwal’s eight-match Test career.

Jadeja and Yadav then finished the day strongly for India, attacking so aggressively that one would have thought it was a limited overs match. 

Jadeja took just 75 deliveries to reach his 60, hitting half a dozen boundaries and a couple of sixes. 

Yadav struck three maximums and one four en route to a lightning 25 off just 10 deliveries.

1ST TEST, DAY 2

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 c Jayed b Miraz                243    330

Rohit c Liton b Jayed        6    14

Pujara c sub (Saif) b Jayed            54    72

Kohli lbw b Jayed                0    2

Rahane c Taijul b Jayed                86    172

Jadeja not out                    60    76

Saha b Ebadat                    12    11

Yadav not out                    25    10

Extras (lb1, nb3, w3)                7

Total (114 overs)                493/6

Fall Of Wicket

1-14 (Rohit), 2-105 (Pujara), 3-119 (Kohli), 4-309 (Rahane), 5-432 (Agarwal), 6-454 (Saha)

Bowling: Ebadat 31-5-115-1 (w3), Jayed 25-3-108-4 (nb3), Taijul 28-4-120-0, Mehidy 27-0-125-1, Mahmudullah 3-0-24-0

India lead by 343 runs