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Tigers suffer big defeat

  • Z. Azam from Chattogram
  • 19 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigers suffer big defeat

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Bangladesh’s lower-batting order survived less than 50 minutes on the fifth day morning before they lost the opening Test by 188 runs against India to go 0-1 down in the two-match Test series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday.

The Tigers needed a miracle to win or draw the first Test on the final day as they required 241 runs more to beat India for the first time in this format with only four wickets in their hands after the visitors set them a massive target of 513 runs.

Bangladesh had only two recognized batters - Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz to complete the colossal task but they lost the latter (13) in the third over of the day of Mohammed Siraj.

Shakib, who resumed on 40, played some exciting shots on his way to 30th Test fifty but left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav ended his onslaught after the southpaw made 84 off 108 balls with six fours and as many sixes.

Kuldeep then removed Ebadot Hossain (0) to finish with a bowling figure of 3-73 in the second innings while Axar Patel (4-77) wrapped up Bangladesh’s second innings for 324 runs by dismissing Taijul Islam (four).

Kuldeep, who claimed his third five-wicket haul in the first innings, was named player of the match for his career-best match figure of 8-113.

India earlier made 404 runs in their first innings after Cheteshwar Pujara (90) and Shreyas Iyer (86) struck fifties.

Bangladesh, in reply, were bowled out for 150 runs in their first innings before hundreds from Shubman Gill (110) and Pujara (102 not out) helped India declare their second innings at 258-2.

The second Test will get underway at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.