High 5 / High 10
23 Nov 2019, 00:05 IST
India dominated the opening day of the pink-ball Take a look at in opposition to Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata as Bangladesh’s woes continued at the same time as the color of the ball modified. Dropping the toss was maybe the one factor that went unsuitable for India on the day. However, that additionally labored to India’s benefit as they ran by means of the hapless Bangladesh batting line-up in 30.Three overs to roll them over for 106.
The Indian batsmen then ensured that their prolonged the benefit for the hosts. India ended the day on 174 for 3. After Mayank Agarwal (14) and Rohit Sharma (21) fell early for a change, Cheteshwar Pujara (55) and Virat Kohli (59 not out) hit half-centuries to present India a vital 68-run lead with seven wickets in hand. Within the course of, Kohli additionally turned the primary Indian captain to succeed in 5,00zero Take a look at runs.
Listed here are three key takeaways from the opening day’s play of India’s first-ever day-night Take a look at.
#1. Ishant exhibits who’s the boss
Primarily based on his expertise compared to the opposite pacers, Ishant Sharma was naturally anointed because the chief of the pack after Zaheer Khan’s retirement. Nonetheless, in the previous couple of Exams he had taken up the position of maintaining one finish tight as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and, currently, Umesh Yadav ran by means of opponents.
On Friday although Ishant bowled as if he had a degree to show. He trapped Imrul Kayes lbw with one which got here again in, a wicket-taking supply that he had developed currently. Then, there have been the leg-cutters that the lower-order discovered onerous to cope with. Ishant then softened up the batsmen, after which cleaned up a pair who fully performed down the unsuitable line. The lanky quick bowler completed with 5 for 22, solely his second five-for that dwelling in 12 years, however one which was nicely deserved.
#2. Purple or pink, tempo does the trick
There have been apprehensions about how the pink ball would behave. And, Ishant did admit after the sport that the ball wasn’t swinging a lot early on. However, it was solely a matter of time earlier than the pacers discovered the appropriate line, and after that the Bangladesh batsmen didn’t have the wherewithal to face up in opposition to the standard Indian tempo assault. Whereas Ishant starred together with his five-for, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav additionally made vital contributions. Each bought prodigious motion, and picked up the opposite 5 wickets to fall. It was solely the fourth event at dwelling that the pacers had taken all 10 wickets to fall.
Bangladesh batsmen did appear a bit uncomfortable with the pink ball as each Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim have been late on the ball. Whereas Mithun inside edged one on to the stumps, Rahim performed on.
#3. Flying Indians
Within the construct as much as the Take a look at, Kohli had said that fielding can be the largest problem with the pink ball. Properly, the Indian fielders should have left Kohli considerably pleasantly stunned with a spectacular fielding effort. First, Rohit dived in entrance of first slip to take a shocking one-handed catch and ship again skipper Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque. Then, Wriddhiman Saha dived to his proper and pulled off an acrobatic take to dismiss Mahmudullah. The ball was dying because it neared him, however Saha, even at full stretch, ensured his gloves have been beneath the ball.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s catch wasn’t as spectacular, however he picked up a pointy one as nicely, diving ahead at square-ish midwicket to ship again concussion-replacement Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who got here in for Liton Das, after the latter was hit on the helmet by Shami.
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