Monday, 6 February, 2023

Chattogram Test: India take control after day 2

Dhaka: India gained the upper hand after posting 404 runs in the first innings and taking 8 wickets of Bangladesh for 133 runs at the end of day two of the Chattogram Test. With such a strong position, India is firmly in the driver's seat on their way of this match.

Winning the toss and batting first, India posted an impressive 404 all out led by Cheteshwar Pujara's 90 off 203 balls, alongside crucial knocks from Shreyas Iyer (86) and Ravichandran Ashwin (58).

However, the Indian stand-in captain, Lokesh Rahul, and Virat Kohli have had a disappointing batting performance.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam took four wickets apiece for Bangladesh, though both gave up over 100 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh failed to demonstrate their proficiency in Test batting. Mohammad Siraj bowled a length ball outside off, and Najmul Hossain Shanto only managed an edge to Rishabh for a regulation catch.

Yasir Ali, who took strike at number three, had a short stint with the bat before getting out. He made only four runs off 17 deliveries.

Zakir Hasan, Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim all made a good start, but couldn't build on it.

Kuldeep Yadav, the left-handed orthodox bowler, took four wickets for India, giving up 33 runs in 10 overs, while Siraj secured three wickets, giving up just 14 runs.

Bangladesh ended day two on 133 for eight, with Mehidy and Ebadot Hossain remaining unbeaten for 16 and 13, respectively.

At this stage of the match, it's evident that India will be a formidable challenge for the hosts in this Test. The second and final match of the series will take place in Dhaka on December 22nd.