Bangladesh slip to 37/2 at tea as India take control


Pace pair of Mohammad Siraj and Umesh Yadav reduced Bangladesh After a spectacular lower-order comeback, India took control of the first Test against Bangladesh, here on Thursday, at 37 for 2 at tea on the second day.

Siraj hit a four off the very first ball when he edged a faraway delivery to left-hander Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Leading the pace department in the absence of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, Yadav reduced Bangladesh to 5 for 2 in the fourth over after taking an inside edge off Yasir Ali, who was playing away from his body .

But then Liton Das calmed things down with his fluent drive and remained unbeaten on 24 off 26 balls.

At the break, Das and Zakir Hasan (9) were in the middle as Bangladesh trailed India by 367 runs with eight wickets in hand.

Opening session Ravichandran Ashwin (58 off 113 balls, 2×4, 2×6) and Kuldeep YadavWho made a perfect case for him as an all-rounder in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja with his career-best 40 (114b; 5×4).

Kuldeep, playing his first Test after more than 22 months, provided excellent support to Ashwin as the duo frustrated Bangladesh with an 87-run partnership for the eighth wicket.

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The 28-year-old Kuldeep, who has one century and six half-centuries in first-class cricket at an average of over 22, got off the mark after 18 balls as he looked solid with his defence. His slog sweep and reverse sweep shot also caught everyone’s attention.

Ashwin, who has five Test hundreds including four against the West Indies, showed a lot of composure and maturity during his 13th Test half-century.

The visitors started the day at 278 for 6 and made no mistake in taking India past 400 after losing batsman Shreyas Iyer (86) overnight.

After bailing India out of a tight spot on the first day, Iyer once again failed to score a well-deserved century and was dismissed after adding only four runs to his overnight total.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan mostly employed his star spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj to coordinate with fast bowler Khalid Ahmed, but Ashwin did not appear to be in trouble.

He made his intention clear to hit Mehdi for a six. Luck also favored Ashwin when he survived an ‘umpire’s call’ after being trapped in front of left-arm spinner Taijul Islam’s legstump when he was on 34.

That seamer Abadot Hossain was dropped from the attack after an impressive spell of 4-1-7-1 in the morning helped the Indian cause as well.

Kuldeep also showed confidence as Ashwin was happy to take singles and give them strike.


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