India takes command of the first test match in Indore on the opening day of the fixture. The Indian bowlers delivered with some flair and style as they bundled out the Bangladeshi innings at just 150 runs.
Umesh Yadav struck first with the ball with India getting the breakthrough in the fifth over of the match as ImrulKayes departed. Ishant Sharma got rid of Islam in the very next over.
Following this, Mohammad Shami came to the fore and the fast bowler ended up with three wickets in this innings. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma bagged two wickets each on the occasion and Ravichandran Ashwin took another two, having been denied as many as three wickets more as Rahane spilled three at the slip.
The spinner who recently achieved the feat of 250 Test wickets at home, was, however, full of praise for the Indian pace attack.
“I think Shami, Ishant, and Umesh have been bowling well as a pack and if you add Bumrah to it over the last few months or a year in Test cricket, I think it’s one of the most lethal pace attacks going around in the world if not the best,” Ashwin said at the end of play on the first day.
“And I am saying that as a disclaimer, I don’t want people judging me on that comment. But it’s right up there and one of the best bowling attacks I have seen in recent times,” he said.
“Sometimes you feel that every spell they bowl, something is happening or they make it happen,” the off-spinner added.
Ashwin, however, denied that he and Ravindra Jadeja will be changing their approach because the pacers have started taking the lead.
“As a bowler, I personally never looked at it that way. It’s my job to pick up a wicket and try and capitalize if the pacers don’t pick a wicket then get a breakthrough.”
Bangladesh would have been very disappointed with their batting having won the toss. They could’ve applied themselves better on a wicket that had moisture and a bit of green. The Indian pacers got a lot of movement out of the pitch and bowled at precise lines, making the most out of the tinge of green on the pitch. Mominul was disciplined in his resistance to India’s pacers in the first session. In the second, a lack of judgment had him shouldering his arms to a straighter delivery from Ashwin that brought about his end, and the stand that fetched 68 for the fourth wicket.
Having restricted Bangladesh to only 150, India lost Rohit Sharma early in the match to Abu Jayed who was Bangladesh’s lone wicket-taker on the day but Mayank Agarwal and CheteshwarPujara showed composure to finish the day for India who ended with 83/1 at stumps. Bangladesh could’ve gotten rid of Mayank Agarwal, but ImrulKayes dropped him before stumps. Pujara ended the day on 43, while Mayank remained unbeaten at 37.
“I want to bowl according to the conditions and the situation. I want to stick to my plans. I have been going wide of crease too in the last two years. I plan according to the batsman. You always enjoy when you do well for your team and country. I was thinking about the hat-trick during the tea break,” said Shami who finished the match with figures of 3/27.
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