With pacers taking command India knocked out Bangladesh by an inning and 130 runs in the first Test at Indore’s Holkar stadium. After forcing the visitors to play follow-on, Indian pace battery Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav bowled out Bangladeshi batting line only for 213 runs in their second innings. Pacers Mohammad Sharmi (3+4), Ishant Sharma (2+1), and Umesh Yadav (2+2) picked 14 wickets off 20. Three of them were dominating throughout their spells and never allowed batsmen to free their arms. Performing equally well, spinners too won the hearts and didn’t let the Bangladeshi side to get rid of the pressure. R Ashwin bagged 5 wickets (2+3), However, his spin partner, Ravindra Jadeja, troubled batsmen a lot, but didn’t find any wicket.
Before bowlers’ heart-winning performances, Indian batsmen had hammed Bangladesh’s inexperienced bowling line up. Despite Rohit Sharma’s early wicket, India scored a gigantic total of 493 runs. India batted for 114 overs and lost 6 wickets before declaring their inning. Mayank Agarwal, the hero of the match, slammed a double hundred to put India in the driver’s seat. He also surpassed cricketer legend Sir Don Bradman’s record of hitting his second double hundred in only 12 innings. Agarwal took 330 balls to score 243 runs studded with 28 boundaries and 8 sixers.
Number 3 batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara (54 runs off 74 balls) was the first one to built a partnership with Mayank. But soon after his half-century, Pujara was caught by substitute fielder Saif Hassan on Abu Jayed’s pacy delivery. Skipper Virat Kohli, who was out of touch for a little period of time and was making his comeback, failed to impress as he went back for a duck on the second delivery he faced.
In the middle order, Ajinkya Rahane showed his class and scored 86 runs off 172 balls. Playing with the straight bat, Rahane hit only 9 boundaries and the rest of his runs were singles and doubles. His performance once again proved that he could be next Mr dependable after Rahul Dravid. The powerpack performances and collective efforts from all players led India to another victory in the ICC Test Championship. Indore Test win added 60 more points to the bag. Now India is at the top position with 300 points. In the 2-match series, Virat Kohli and men have taken a lead and now both the teams will lock horns at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on November 22.