India rout Bangladesh in three days

Staff Correspondent | Published: 12:25, Nov 16,2019 | Updated: 00:21, Nov 17,2019


Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot on the third day of the first Test cricket match against India at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. – AFP photo

Mushfiqur Rahim hit a fifty while Liton Das and Mehedi Hasan provided some late spark but they could not prevent a humiliating defeat for Bangladesh in the first Test against India in Indore on Saturday.

The hosts bowled out Bangladesh for 213 runs in the second innings to complete an innings and 130-run win inside three days and take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, despite Mushfiq’s dogged 64 runs. 

Mohammad Shami led the demolition by taking 4-31 while Ravichandran Aswhin (3-42) and Umesh Yadav (2-51) had played their part to earn two extra day-offs for India before they embark on a new journey with the day-night second  Test in Kolkata. 

Confident about their bowling strength, India did not want to drag their innings further and declared their first innings with overnight 493-6 on the third day morning.

Bowlers backed the decision of skipper Virat Kohli, by reducing Bangladesh to 60-4 at lunch before Mushfiq led the resistance in the post-lunch session with the help from Liton and Mehedi.

Bangladesh garnered 131 runs in the session taking the advantage of the strategy of India, who were happy to allow the batsmen play their shots in pursuit of more wickets.

Bangladesh lost just two wickets between lunch and tea but crumbled inevitably in the final session of the day as they could survive only 16 more overs before being folded.

Bangladesh, who were all out for just 150 runs in the first innings, were hoping to do better in the second innings only for two openers Imrul Kayes and Shadman Islam to frustrate them once again.

Both Imrul and Shadman made six runs each, exactly the same runs they made in the first innings and Bangladesh’s innings also headed in familiar direction after their early departure.

Umesh started by uprooting the leg-stump of Imrul and Sharma made Shadman suffering the same fate in the next over.

Shami joined the party by trapping skipper Mominul Haque (seven) in front, a dismissal which was confirmed by third umpire after India reviewed the initial not out decision.

Mohammad Mithun provided a glimpse of his ability by playing some exquisite drives before he mistimed a bouncer of Shami trying to play a pull shot and was caught by Mayank Agarwal at mid-wicket for 18.

India could have dismissed Mushfiq for four by lunch break but Rohit Sharma failed to take his catch at slip off Shami.

Mahmudullah, who was batting with Mushfiq at the break, however, had no such luck. Rohit grasped a simple catch off Shami at slip to send him back for 15 runs after the break, leaving Bangladesh 72-5.

Liton and Mushfiq then defied the Indian bowlers before Ashwin forced him to give a return catch after making 35 runs. Mushfiq and Mehedi survived the session and scored at quick pace but Umesh struck after the break by removing Mehedi for 35.

Shami and Ashwin then took the wickets of Taijul Islam and Mushfiq in quick succession.

Mushfiq, who hit seven fours in only fifty for Bangladesh in the game, gave a catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at slip before Ashwin completed the win with the wicket of Ebadat Hossain.

The second Test will start on November 22. 

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