IND vs BAN 3rd Test: Hard work backed by consistency and resilience helped the confident Indian side to defeat the Bangla Tigers by three wickets in the second test and seize the two-match series by a clinical whitewash. With this victory, India retained their prestige and stood second in the World Test Championship standings.
Winning the toss at the Sher-e-Bangla International Stadium, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan once again failed to make a clumsy decision and chose to bat first. The crumbled Bangladesh batting attack deteriorated in their efforts and could only post 227 in their first innings.
Bangladesh failed to build partnerships as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals. Apart from Mominul Haque (84), no other Bangla batsman played a decisive knock. For India, Umesh Yadav (4/25) and Ravichandran Ashwin (4/71) led the bowling attack and restricted the hosts to score big with their stunning figures.
Trailing by 227 runs, India put up a spectacular show in their first innings and posted a total of 314 runs to earn an 87-run lead and an extravagant competitive advantage. Rishabh Pant (93) and Shreyas Iyer (87) turned the fortunes for India after a sluggish start as the duo recorded a match-winning partnership 159 runs for the fifth wicket.
For Bangladesh, skipper Shakib Al Hasan (4/79) and Taijul Islam (4/74) were the most breathtaking performers to destroy India’s front end and the tailend.
Hosts failed to resist India’s fierce Bowling Attack
Bangladesh batsmen took the crease trailing by 87 runs in the second innings. The hosts yet once again failed to build solid partnerships that cost them the match. Liton Das (73) and Zakir Hasan (51) were the pallbearers for Bangladesh in the second innings and backed on their flourishing knocks, the hosts managed to put in a total of 231 runs in their second innings.
For India, Axar Patel (3/68) starred in the bowling attack with his extraordinary stint whereas Ashwin (2/66) and Siraj (2/41) provided vital support. Through this dominating bowling approach, India gained a modest 145-run target in the second innings.
Although Bangladesh set a very decent fourth-innings target, they did not give up on their efforts and grabbed seven Indian wickets before the target could be chased. In the end, Shreyas Iyer (29) and Ravi Ashwin (42) came to the rescue and put up an unbeaten stand of 71 runs to take their side through as India won the match by seven wickets.
For Bangladesh, Mehidy Hasan Miraz was the most splendid and commendable bowler who scalped a five-wicket haul (5/63) in quick succession.