They did it again. Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav ran through the Bangladeshi batting line-up for the second time in the Test, taking six wickets in between them in the second innings. As a result, India crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs inside three days of the opening Test in Indore.
India declared their innings on the overnight score - 493 for six - leaving Bangladesh with a deficit of 343 runs. In the bowling friendly conditions of the morning session, the Indian pacers made the ball talk again by swinging the ball both ways.
Imrul Kayes was the first victim. The struggling opener received an inswinging delivery from Umesh Yadav that curved into the left-hander perfectly beating him on the drive, taking an inside edge and hitting his leg stump. In the next over, Shadman Islam suffered the same fate, only from a different bowler and a different angle. Ishant Sharma went through his defence with an in-swinger bowled from around the wicket.
Next, it was Shami’s turn to get off the mark. He wrapped Mominul Haque on his pads with a fast incoming delivery bowled from around the wicket. He was given not out by the on-field umpire but India’s skipper Virat Kohli successfully reviewed the decision with replays showing the ball hitting leg stump. Soon, it became evident that Bangladesh’s fortunes would not be much different from their first innings when Mohammad Mithun followed the suit in the form of the fourth wicket. Within the first 15 overs of the day, Bangladesh were down to 44 for four.
Mushfiqur Rahim, however, offered some resistance, hitting 64 after Rohit Sharma dropped him on four off Shami. The former captain, who scored 43 of Bangladesh’s 150 in the first innings, finally became one of three wickets taken by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
There was little application in Bangladesh’s innings outside of Rahim’s fighting knock. Although, Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan played attractive knocks of 35 and 38 respectively but lacked the persistence to cause a difference in the game.
Ashwin, who reached 250 wickets in home Tests in the first innings, got the last man Ebadat Hossain for one to spark India’s victory celebrations.
India were dominant with the bat and ball against Bangladesh. Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal played a key part in the win with his 243 -- his second double century in four Tests -- as India amassed 407 runs on the second day. The bowlers kept up the pressure when Bangladesh started their second innings. The victory has catapulted India to 300 points in the World Test Championship points table when no other side has even recorded 100 points on the table yet.
Bangladesh skipper Mominul identified the batting of Mushfiqur and bowling of Abu Jayed as the only “positives” in the disappointing defeat.
Abu Jayed stood out with his four wickets in the Indian innings but got little support from his teammates.
The second and final match is a day-night clash, with India hosting its first-ever pink-ball Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens from November 22.
With the Test match ending well within the first three days, the Indian side is going to stay in Indore tomorrow to practice against the pink ball at night.