Alexa Kohli, bowlers put India in command

Dhaka, Friday   06 December 2019

Kohli, bowlers put India in command

 Sports Desk

 Published: 09:37 PM, 22 November 2019   Updated: 09:37 PM, 22 November 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

After bowlers bowled out Bangladesh for 106 in 30.3 overs Indian batsmen take full control in the first day-night test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara scored half-centuries to help India lead Bangladesh by 68 runs at stumps on Day 1. 

Pujara completed his 24th Test fifty, while Kohli smashed his 23rd Test half-century. Pujara couldn't see the end of day's play as he got out on 55 but Kohli remained unbeaten on 59 runs. India vice-skipper Ajinkya Rahane was not out on 23 off 22 balls. 

India lost their openers, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal, cheaply. Mayank Agarwal was the first wicket to fall for India as he was dismissed by Al-Amin Hossain for 14 after India began their innings after bowling Bangladesh out for 106. 

Rohit was dismissed soon after tea break as Ebadat Hossain deceived him with a beautiful delivery and ended his innings when he was on 21. 

Earlier, opting to bat first, Bangladesh began their maiden day-night Test in worst possible fashion as they put up a wretched batting performance yet again to be skittled out for 106 in its first innings.

The innings came to an end just after the lunch on opening day after India’s pace-trio led by Ishant Sharma tormented Bangladesh in more cruel fashion than the Indore Test.

Ishant returned figures of 5-22, his 10th five-for in Test cricket while he was ably supported by his fellow colleagues Umesh Yadav (3-29) and Mohammed Shami (2-36).

Such was the pacers’ domination that the Indian spinners got just one over to bowl in their maiden day-night Test. While Ravindra Jadeja got this one over, another spinner Ravichandran Ashwin didn’t get a single over.

Only three Bangladeshi batsmen could reach the double-digit figure with opener Shadman Islam scoring the highest 29 after captain Mominul Haque won the toss and opted to bat first. Liton Das, who retired hurt after being struck by his forehead, scored 24 and later was replaced by Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

Nayeem Hasan was the other batsman to score 19. He was also struck by a bouncer on his head during batting and later was ruled out from the match. He was replaced by Taijul Islam.

The Test began after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rung the customary Eden Bell to mark the first-ever pink-ball Test on Indian soil.