A 71-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer and R Ashwin came to India’s rescue as the visitors fought back from a hopeless situation to pull off a three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second and final Test to seal the series 2-0. here on sunday.
When India were chasing 145 runs at 74 for seven wickets, Bangladesh Iyer (29 not out off 46) and Ashwin (42 not out off 62) on course for their maiden Test win against their formidable neighbors before denying them with an unbeaten 71 off 105 balls.
Off-spinner Mehdi Hazan Miraj (5/63) tried his best to take a five-wicket haul, but it didn’t prove to be enough.
The come-from-behind victory meant that India wrapped up the series 2–0 to strengthen their chances of reaching a second straight final in the World Test Championship.
Bangladeshi spinners dominated the Indians after the start of play on Sunday. India started the game at 45 for four and lost the wicket of Jaydev Unadkat (13) in the second over of the day.
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After sweeping the slog to Miraj for a six, Unadkat fell in front of the stumps with a slider from Shakib Al Hasan. Unadkat took the review in desperation but wasted it.
India’s troublemaker Rishabh Pant walked into the middle and tried to put pressure on the opposition with his counter-attacking approach. The southpaw had turned the tide of the first innings with his 93, but was out for nine on this occasion and was trapped leg before by Miraj.
74 for seven when well-set Akshar Patel (34) became Miraj’s fifth wicket. It was again straight which went into his pads before clipping the leg stump.
India were facing their first defeat against Bangladesh but Iyer and Ashwin showed a ray of hope with a tough stand.
In the 41st over, Iyer was initially happy to retain his wicket before turning the momentum with back-to-back boundaries off Shakib.
Miraj offered a loose ball in the next over and Iyer swiftly punched through the covers for another boundary to make room.
Bangladesh used momentum in their bid to break the stand but the plan did not work. Ashwin, who was dropped for one at short leg, hit a couple of fours off right-arm seamer Khalid Ahmed to bring down the target to just 26 runs.
Mirage is brought on the attack as the last throw of the dice but Ashwin Back-to-back boundaries before pulling him for a six sealed the win for the visitors.
Despite the win, India are looking high going into the home series against Australia. Top-order form is a matter of concern.
India’s dismissal of Kuldeep Yadav after taking five wickets in the previous match also became a big talking point of the game.
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