47 minutes! That was all it took for the Indian pacers to complete the formalities on day three of the historic pink-ball Test in Kolkata and secure a 2-0 whitewash of Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs.
Resuming on 152/6 and still needing 89 runs to make India bat again, Bangladesh always had their backs against the wall. Mushfiqur Rahim tried his best to delay the inevitable but with Mahmudullah unable to bat any further in the Test owing to a torn hamstring, it was always going to be tough. In the end, the Indian bowlers too just 8.4 overs to secure the final three wickets, all of them going to Umesh as Bangladesh were bowled out for 195.
It did not take long for Indians to register their first wicket with Umesh Yadav ending Ebadot Hossain’s misery with a nasty bouncer. Umesh got the bouncer on point and Ebadot, who had no intentions of getting in the line of the ball could only fend it as far as Kohli at slips for a duck.
Mushfiqur though carried on playing the lone hand. He was his usual aggressive self cracking Umesh for a four down to deep fina leg and then smashing Ravindra Jadeja for two successive fours.
There was a lbw appeal against Mushfiqur for which the Indians decided not to opt for DRS, which would have been overturned had they. However, Mushfiqur could not take advantage of the reprieve falling soon after. Looking to heave Umesh over covers, Mushfiqur was deceived by the slower ball and could only miscue it as far as Jadeja at extra cover.
Mushfiqur, easily the best batsman for Bangladesh finished with 74 off 96 balls, his innings laced with 13 fours. Once he fell, it was all who of Umesh or Ishant Sharm would pick up five wickets for the innings. That last wicket went to Umesh who induced a slight edge off Al-Amin Hossain’s bat through to the wicket-keeper. Umesh finished with excellent figures of 5/53 in 14.1 overs while Ishant managed 4/56 in 13 overs.
Such was the dominance of the pace bowlers that the spinners bowled just seven of the of 71.4 overs in the enitre match without managing even a single wicket. This is just the second time it has happened that Indian spinners have not managed to take even a single wicket in home Tests where they have bowled at least a ball.
India’s innings win was also the first instance of a team winning four consecutive Tests by an innings margin. Ishant Shaarma with 12 wickets in the series was named Player of the Match and Series.