The home side had little to no problems quashing Bangladesh in the first match of the two-match Test series running to a gigantic inning and 130 runs victory with a Majestic performance from Mayank. Indore was witness to one of the most lethal fast-bowling performances in recent times as Mohammad Shami ran riot and made a mockery of the Bangladeshi batting order.
The win was foreseeable and it was on the cards since Day 1 when India restricted Bangladesh to 150 on the first innings.
Mayank Agarwal arrived at the crease with Rohit Sharma and while Sharma got dismissed for cheap, Mayank stayed. Mayank stayed for more than a day as the batsman who was banging on the doors of Indian Test cricket for so long made yet another statement with his outstanding innings of 243 runs which saw him being felicitated as the Man of the Match. The form of Mayank will give a lot of confidence to the management and this new era of Indian Test cricket.
Vice-captain Rahane made 86 runs and shared an amazing partnership with Mayank and Jadeja and Pujara also made half-centuries. Umesh Yadav arrived late to the crease but his strike rate of 250 got people on the edges of their seats in Indore as he struck a boundary and three sixes in just 10 balls to propel India to a total of 493 before they ended up declaring the innings.
The pacing unit led by Shami restricted Bangladesh to 213 in the second essay. The trio of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma bagged a total of 14 wickets among themselves to crush Bangladesh’s batting in both the innings. Ashwin whose match read a 5 wicket haul also complemented the pacers with wickets at regular intervals.
This win brought another 60 points in the bag for India who is high at the World Test Championship table and show no signs of slowing down. This thrashing also completed a hattrick of innings wins for India, having beaten South Africa on similar margins in both the Tests as well. This saw ViratKohli becoming the skipper with most innings victories with 10 wins in his bag, one ahead of his contemporary and former skipper MS Dhoni.
Meanwhile, for Bangladesh, the situation couldn’t be any worse. They looked scared and intimated at the face of relentless aggression by both the Indian batsmen and bowlers and the gulf between both the sides is huge and it could only get worse from here as they have to square up against the home side in Eden Gardens to play the first day-night Test match in both the countries’ cricketing history.
Shami was all smiles after the game. “The more we get tired, the more fun we have. We push each other and try to enjoy each other’s successes. There are things that I cannot even mention. Given Umesh’s power, all the boundaries in the country are becoming smaller. We do not have restrictions as batters. The team management has given us freedom. We try to bat sensibly. I have been empowered by the skipper and coach. I bowl alongside Ishant and Umesh as well which makes it easier for me. I focus on my length and have been able to execute it well,” said Shami.
Ishant Sharma also stressed on the cohesion of the team in his post-match comments. “I am not treated as a senior. We always enjoy each other’s success, speak with each other all the time and try and share our plans. It’s difficult to explain (his bowling renaissance), I have played quite a lot. I’m 31, the bowling is taking a toll on my body but I’m enjoying it, trying out different variations. Shami has played with the pink ball, need to ask him for a few tips.”
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