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India in command after Bangladesh all out for 227

Bangladesh on backfoot after day 1 of Mirpur Test

Update : 22 Dec 2022, 09:22 PM

Visiting India finished day one with the upper hand, posting 19 runs on the board without any loss after bowling Bangladesh out for 227 in their first innings during the second and final Test match in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Thursday.

Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat in a slightly foggy morning in the capital.

India, who won the first Test by 188 runs, were again without injured skipper Rohit Sharma as KL Rahul led the team.

The visitors surprisingly dropped left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was the player of the match in the Chittagong Test with eight wickets, and brought in paceman Jaydev Unadkat.

Bangladesh made two changes, bringing in pacer Taskin Ahmed for the injured Ebadat Hossain and experienced Mominul Haque in place of Yasir Ali.

Bangladesh openers Zakir Hasan and Nazmul Hossain Shanto made a decent start in the first hour of the match and formed a 39-run partnership.

But Bangladesh lost two quick wickets within just three balls as both the openers got out in the 15th and 16th over.

Zakir chased a wide delivery outside off which bounced awkwardly and it was caught at gully.

Unadkat claimed his maiden Test wicket in the second game of his career after making his debut 12 years ago.

Shanto's mode of dismissal was a bit unlucky for the southpaw as he tried to pad-up a delivery outside off against off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but was given leg-before wicket.

The TV replay showed it just clicked the stumps and the on-field call stayed as the batsman did not offer any shot.

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No 3 batter Mominul was looking solid from the start of his innings as he and Shakib stitched together a good partnership to remain unbeaten till lunch.

But just after lunch a horrible shot from skipper Shakib led to his dismissal as he tried to clear mid-off against pacer Umesh Yadav only to get caught in the very first ball.

It was a reckless and irresponsible shot from the Bangladesh captain as it gave the upper hand to the opposition straight away after the lunch break.

Mominul held his nerve at the other hand and played some good-looking shots all around.

It was a crunch game for the experienced left-hander as he did not score in double digit in his previous nine Test innings.

But Mominul capitalized on this particular opportunity, scoring an important 84-run innings, not only for himself, but also for the team.

The Tigers were eventually bundled out for 227, and having elected to take first guard, it was an average batting show from the home side.

Particularly considering the fact that Mushfiqur Rahim (26), Liton Das (25), Shakib (16), Mehedi Hasan Miraz (15) or even Shanto (24) and Zakir (15) were all off to a good start, got settled before making their way to the pavilion.

In-form Liton appeared confident and scored some delightful shots but in the end it was yet another disappointing end to a promising innings from the right-hander as he gave a simple catch to mid-wicket off Ashwin.

In reply, India openers KL Rahul (three) and Shubhman Gill (14) put up 19 on the board without losing their wicket, despite a couple of close calls, as the tourists started the decisive Mirpur Test strongly.

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