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17/11/19 – International Cricket: Weekly round-up – India clean up Bangladesh inside three days

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1st Test, ICC World Test Championship at Indore, Nov 14 to 16 2019: India vs Bangladesh 

India clean up Bangladesh inside three days

Bangladesh 150 & 213 / India 493 for 6 declared – India won by an innings and 130 runs

India destroyed Bangladesh in the opener of the two-Test match series at Indore and romped home to their 6th consecutive Test win. India had achieved this feat earlier under MS Dhoni in 2013. At Indore, the hosts wrapped up the game inside three days, as the visiting Tigers were bundled out for 213 in the second innings conceding the match to the Indians by an innings and 130 runs.

Earlier Bangladesh were bowled out for just 150, batting first. They found Indian pacemen Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami too hot to handle as the three scalped seven wickets amongst them. Shami was the pick of them with figures of 3-27. Ravichandran Ashwin’s 2-43 helped him become the fastest bowler in Test cricket, along with Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, to reach 250 wickets on home turf. Last month, Ashwin became the joint-fastest to take 350 wickets, matching Muralitharan’s feat in his 66th Test. The Tigers’ only resistance came from their skipper Mominul Haque (37) and Mushfiqur Rahim (43).

In response to Bangladesh’s 150, India piled up a mammoth 493 at which point they declared with only six wickets gone. The star of the Indian batsmen was Mayank Agarwal who scored his second double hundred inside just three Tests when he stroked through a masterful 243 that came from only 330 deliveries and had 28 fours and 8 sixes in it. Other major contributions came from Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Ajinkya Rahane (86) and Ravindra Jadeja (60 not out). Skipper Kohli got out to one of his rare ducks in Test cricket while vice-captain Rohit Sharma, failed too, managing just 6 from his brief 14-ball stay at the crease. For the Bangladeshi bowling, the only saving grace was medium-pacer Abu Jayed who got four for 108 including the prized scalps of Kohli and Sharma. 

Faced with a mammoth lead of 343 runs, the visitors began their 2nd innings badly as they found themselves tottering at 5-72. Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das then stitched together a 63-run stand for the 6th wicket. But Ravichandran Ashwin out-thought Das who charged down the track and lofted a straight delivery into the hands of the spinner. Das looked good in his innings of 35 that came off just 39 balls and had 6 hits to the fence. Mehidy Hasan Miraz followed and tried putting up a bold front along with Rahim. Miraz scored 38 before his resistance ended on 38 with the Bangladeshi score at 194-7. Mushfiqur Rahim, who was by far the visitor’s best batsmen in the Test, got out for 64 before the innings folded up for 213. 

Shami was once again the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 4-31 while Ashwin finished with 3-42. With the win, India go 1-0 up in the two-match Test series. The second Test will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata which will be a day-night affair where a pink-coloured ball will be used for the first time in the country for a Test match. 

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