Indian skipper Lokesh Rahul admitted that Bangladesh made his team work really hard to register a comprehensive 188-run win in the first Test of the two-match series here on Sunday.
need four Bangladesh Taking a wicket on the final day to take a 1-0 lead in the series, the Indian wrapped up the match inside an hour in the morning session, bowling the hosts out for 324 in 113.2 overs.
Bangladesh then offered stiff resistance in the morning session on the fourth day on Saturday with a composed century from Zakir Hasan (100) and a half-century from Najmul Hossain Shanto (67).
“Hard-fought Test match and we had to work really hard to get this win. Really glad we did it.” Rahulsaid in the post-match presentation, who registered his first Test win as captain.
“It (the pitch) got flat, we didn’t worry. It looked like the batsmen were batting comfortably. It was tough to score runs on the first three days. The way their (Bangladesh) openers batted, we had to bat hard. Had to work hard.”
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Rahul said that after losing the ODI series 1-2 to Bangladesh, India wanted to turn things around.
“We’ve been here for a while. The one-day series didn’t go the way we wanted. Our intensity was really high. We know no win gets high.”
The India skipper lauded his batting unit, especially Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant, for their contribution to the win.
“We batted well in the first innings as well. It was a job well done by Shreyas and Puji (Pujara), even counter-attacking Pant. Really happy for them (Gill and Pujara) Well, he took advantage of the opportunity.”
He also praised the bowling unit.
“Very happy with the way we bowled. The pitch wasn’t really helping the bowlers but they found something. Umesh (Yadav) bowled some good spells and got us back in the game. Year. They are showing What a quality he has,” Rahul said.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, who scored an aggressive 84 in the second innings, said the pitch was a beauty to bat on, but they were undone by a below-par performance with the willow in the first innings.
In reply to India’s 404, Bangladesh were bowled out for 150 in the first innings.
“It was a really good wicket to bat on, but we didn’t bat well (in the first innings). It wasn’t ideal to play after five-six months, but there shouldn’t be any excuses,” Shakib said.
“Credit to India for the way they bowled. They bowled in partnerships and created pressure. We have to play good cricket for all five days. We have to play four good innings, especially against India to get the result,” he added. To be able to.”
Shakib praised young Zakir Hasan fiercely.
“He (Zakir) is scoring a lot of home runs, that’s why we have picked him. Hopefully, he will score more centuries for Bangladesh.”
Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who won the Man of the Match award for his career-best 8/113 besides scoring 40 in India’s first innings, said taking wickets in the match was not easy. The pitch was flat as in the second innings.
He said, “To be honest, I am happy with the performance with both bat and ball. The pitch in the first innings was quicker than the second innings. There was some pace in the first innings, but the second innings was very challenging.”
“It was slow. So I was trying to work on my rhythm and bowl quicker. Maybe more spin on the ball makes it challenging for the batsmen and it is also difficult to get down and drive (for wrist spinners) Why does the pass have an extra edge) .
Kuldeep said, “I just worked on my rhythm, tried to be more aggressive and that helped me a lot. The action is the same, just trying to be aggressive in rhythm (about working on my bowling). ).”
The second Test of the two-match series will begin in Mirpur from 22 December.
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