Virat Kohli-lead Team India gave a clinical performance in the one-off Test as they convincingly beat Bangladesh by 208 runs in Hyderabad on Monday. With this win India created a record as they have extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches. Kohli is yet to lose a match under his captaincy and this is India’s sixth successive series win.
Chasing a mammoth total of 459 runs, Bangladesh were bowled out for 250 runs inside the second session of the fifth day’s play. However, make no mistake – visitors really fought hard and Indian bowlers had to word hard to get 20 wickets. India bowlers had to bowl 228 overs to wrap up Bangladesh innings twice in the Test match.
Earlier, Bangladesh battled hard to save the Test as they reached 202 for five till the lunch session. Overnight batsman Mahmudullah (64) posted his 13th fifty in Test cricket, as the tourists still need 257 runs to beat India. India picked two wickets in the session as they pushed for the victory, with Bangladesh resuming the day at 103 for three.
Hosts got off to a worst start to the day as they lost experienced Shakib Al Hasan who managed to add only two runs to his overnight score of 21. Jadeja scalped him.
At 106-4, captain Mushfiqur Rahim joined Mahmudullah in the middle and the pair negotiated the pressure exerted by India. Mahmudullah began with two edgy fours off paceman Umesh Yadav and once he got settled, Jadeja and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin failed to trouble him.
Ashwin, however, ended the 56-run partnership as an attacking Mushfiqur danced down the track but couldn’t clear Jadeja, who took a running catch at mid-off. Then Mahmudullah partnered Sabbir Rahman (18 not out) as they showed the doggedness and willing to battle it out with an unbeaten 40-run stand for the sixth wicket till the lunch session.
India were looking for some inspiration in the post lunch session and it came from their most experienced bowler. Ishant first dismissed Sabbir Rahman for 22, trapping the youngster in front of the wicket to leave the visitors at 213/6. And soon he removed Mahmudullah to put the hosts on track for victory.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz impressed yet again with the bat as he kept the Indian bowlers at bay but Jadeja finally ended his stay by sending him back for 23. Jadeja’s next victim was Taijul Islam who was caught by KL Rahul.
R Ashwin picked up the final wicket to end the innings with 4 wickets, the same number as Ravindra Jadeja. Earlier, India had scored a mammoth 687/6 declared in their first innings with captain Virat Kohli leading with a double century. Opener Murali Vijay (108) and wicket-keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (106*) scored centuries to help the hosts post a big total.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 388 in the first innings but Kohli decided not to enforce follow-on and declared at 159/4 in the second innings.