IND vs BAN 1st Test: India outplayed Bangladesh by 188 runs on their home soil in the first of the two-match Test series here on Sunday. With this, India takes a dominant 1-0 lead in the series and scales up in the World Test Championship Points Table to grab the second position.
Winning the toss at the Chattogram Stadium, Indian skipper KL Rahul made a convincing decision to bat first. Batting first, India lost quick wickets in the start but gained momentum through the middle-order and put up a modest 404-run total in the first innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara (90) and Shreyas Iyer (86) recorded a match-winning stand of 149 runs for the fifth wicket. Ravi Ashwin (58), Rishabh Pant (46), and Kuldeep Yadav (40) played vital supporting knocks to ensure that India gained a competitive advantage.
For Bangladesh, Taijul Islam (4/133) and Medidy Hasan Miraz (4/112) were the most phenomenal and noteworthy contributors to the bowling department.
Trailing the first innings by 404 runs, Bangladesh was completely shattered by a decisive Indian bowling attack and bundled out for a mere 150-run total. Mushfiqur Rahim (28), Mehidy Hasan (25), Litton Das (24), and Zakir Hasan (20) were amongst the top scorers who managed to cross the 20-run mark.
For India, Kuldeep Yadav starred in the bowling attack with his maiden five-wicket haul and a glorious 5/40 figures. Mohammed Siraj (3/20) provided vital support to the left-arm chinaman.
Leading by 254-runs, India accelerated their second innings with two centurions Shubhman Gill (110) and Cheteshwar Pujara (102)* playing the standalone knocks and helping the side cross a 500-run mark lead after which the skipper decided to declare on 258/2.
Bangladesh had been assigned a mammoth 513-run fourth innings target. The hosts were off to a solid start after openers Najmul Shanto (67) and Zakir Hasan (100) set a fierce 124-run stand for the first wicket. However, their wickets were followed by a terrible middle-order batting collapse which resulted in Bangladesh’s defeat. Though Shakib Al Hasan tried to bail out his side with a resilient 84-run knock, his efforts weren’t enough as Bangladesh was bowled out for 324 and lost the match by 188 runs.
For India, Axar Patel was the most contemplating bowler as he scalped 4 wickets for 77 runs. Kuldeep Yadav continued to impress the team with his other sizzling stint to claim 3 wickets for 73 runs.
IND vs BAN 1st Test: Man of the Match
India will now take on Bangladesh in the second test starting on 22nd December at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.