Bangladesh face an uphill task to avoid big defeat in the one-off Test against India after they capitulated in the field on second successive day in Hyderabad on Friday.
India declared their first innings on 687-6 and then claimed a vital wicket to leave Tigers struggling at 41-1 underlining their sheer dominance in an agonisingly one-sided Test so far.
The hosts took the help of Decision Review System to have opener Soumya Sarkar dismissed for 15 after he was initially given not out by an on-field umpire to a caught behind appeal.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who was fielding on short midwicket, insisted on taking the review though bowler Umesh Yadav and other fielders initially looked hesitant.
Kohli’s decision was vindicated by replay that indicated an inner edge to give Bangladesh few tense moments before stumps were finally drawn at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
It put an icing on the cake on a record-laden day for Kohli, who converted his overnight century into a double, and adding with the second Test century of Wriddiman Saha the hosts took their score close 700 runs before they finally declared their innings.
Bangladesh had their chances to put a brake on the breakneck speed of India, who scored 331 runs on second day in 76 overs at 4.35, but the fielders squandered most of their opportunities.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim and his deputy Tamim Iqbal led their downfall missing a crucial stumping and a simple catch respectively that left the already demoralised team wilting.
Saha, who was under pressure to score some runs with Parthiv Patel breathing on his neck, owed his 106 off 155 balls to his Bangladesh counterpart Mushfiq, who missed his stumping on four off Taijul Islam.
Tamim dropped an equally simple catch of Ravindra Jadeja at long on off Mehedi Hasan, helping the left-hander to score 60 off 78 balls doing some justice to his status as an all-rounder.
Saha and Jadeja added 128 runs for the seventh wicket, which not only compounded Bangladesh’s agony but also earned India a world record as they have now become the first team to score 600-plus runs in three consecutive innings.
India, who had scored 631 runs and 759-5 in their previous two Test innings against England in Mumbai and Chennai respectively, were always favourites to get this record unless Bangladesh did very well in the game.
Resuming on 356-3, they began aggressively with Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scoring 70 runs in the first one hour before Bangladesh finally got some clue about what they needed to do.
Taijul and Mehedi started to get some turn on the wicket late into the morning session but before they begged to the wicket for some assistance Kamrul Islam had nearly produced a breakthrough.
Rahane on 62 lofted a catch to Sabbir Rahman at deep point off Kamrul’s first over but much to the shock of the visiting side their best fielder could only manage a hand on the ball. .
It, however, required Bangladesh an outstanding catch of Mehedi for their first breakthrough as the teenager dived to his left at full stretch to grasp the catch in one hand to dismiss Rahane for 82.
It ended Rahane’s 222-run fourth wicket partnership with Kohli, who batted imperiously as long he was at the crease to reach his 150 runs off 170 balls and complete his fourth double century in any as many series off 239 balls.
Kohli, who reached the milestone with four off Taijul to go past Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid, was reprieved by third umpire on 180 after he reviewed leg before decision off Mehedi.
Mehedi got his reward for persistence as he trapped the Indian skipper in front on 204 runs, though a further review could have meant the decision overturned as the ball clipped off his pad outside the off-stump.
The wicket could do little to lift the spirit of Bangladesh who had to wait for another one hour for their next dismissal as Mehedi made Ravichandran Aswin a catch of Soumya Sarkar at slip for 34.
Ironically, that was their final success on an enduring day they had most of things wrong, including luck.
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