India managed to score 493 runs for six wickets before stumps on the second day of the first of the two Tests against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore today.
Just like day one, today also belonged to India. However, Bangladesh had started off brightly as right-arm pacer Abu Jayed returned Cheteshwar Pujara and India skipper Virat Kohli early in the innings. After that a magnificent 190-run stand between Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth-wicket put India in a dominating position. Rahane, who scored a 172-ball 86, however missed out on a century when he fell prey to Jayed in 86th over. Agarwal was exquisite, timing every ball to near perfection as he toyed with the Tigers' bowling department before he fell in the 108th over after scoring a magnificent 330-ball 423. A late onslaught from tailender Umesh Yadav and a fifty from all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja saw India take a 343-run lead and end the day on a high note.
For the Tigers, it was Jayed who stood out as he scalped three of the five wickets that fell on the day and ended up with impressive figures of four 108 in 25 overs.
Overs 113.6, Ind 493/6
A full outside off delivery and Umesh Yadav misses it after having a go at it. No runs and that's the end of play.
Overs 112.6, India 482/6
Ravindra Jadeja cuts one to deep point off an Ebadot Hossain delivery and takes a single. Fifty comes up for Jadeja.
Ebadot bids Saha adieu with a salute
[Wicket] Overs 110.5, Ind 454/6: WP Saha b Ebadat Hossain 12 (11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 109.09
Ebadot Hossain knocks the middle stump off with an angling delivery. Saha, who tried to work it through the leg side missed it completeley and sees his stumps fly. Out comes the salute from Ebadot. Finally something to cheer for the Tigers. India lose their sixth.
Agarwal falls after a magnificent 243
[Wicket] Overs 107.3, Ind 432/5: MA Agarwal c Abu Jayed b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 243 (330b 28x4 8x6) SR: 73.63
He goes for another maximum. This time he sweeps but gets caught at midwicket. Abu Jayed was the fielder who did well to take it. A magnificent comes to an end.
Overs 107.2, Ind 432/4
An outside off delivery from Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Mayank Agarwal comes down the track and smashes one over long-on for a six. That's his eighth six in the innings. He equals the record of hitting most sixes in an innings by an Indian batsman in Tests.
Overs 104.1, Ind 402/4
Ravindra Jadeja swings his bat and smashes one above long-on for a huge six to bring up the 400 for India. Stand and deliver! The lead now stretches past 250.
Overs 98.5, Ind 365/4: Agarwal scores a double hundred
Mayank Agarwal goes down the track and smashes one over wide long-on off a Mehedi Hasan Miraz delivery for a massive six to bring up his double hundred. A magnificent innings from Agarwal. This is his second double ton in Tests.
Jayed removes Rahane to end a 190-run stand
[Wicket] Overs 85.4, Ind 309/4: AM Rahane c Taijul Islam b Abu Jayed 86 (172b 9x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
It is once again Abu Jayed. An outside off delivery which Ajinkya Rahane tries to play over the infield but only finds Taijul Islam at deep point. He takes the catch and that brings an excellent innings to an end. That also put brakes on a 190-run third-wicket stand between Mayank Agarwal and Rahane. A much needed breakthrough for the Tigers coming just after Tea.
India on top as players go for Tea
Overs 83.6, Ind 303/3: Tea
An outside off delivery from Abu Jayed and Ajinkya Rahane just blocks it. No runs taken and umpires call for Tea. The session totally belonged to India with the two batsmen -- Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal -- dominating proceedings. India amassed 115 runs in the 30 overs of this session without losing any wickets. The lead is now stretched to 153 runs.
Bangladesh take new ball as India cross 300
Overs 81.2, Ind 301/3
Ajinkya Rahane cuts an Abu Jayed delivery for a boundary to bring up the three hundred for India.
End of Over 81: Bangladesh take new ball.
The new ball is available and Mominul Haque takes it. Abu Jayed back in the attack with an attacking field setting.
India on top as Agarwal cross 150
Overs 76.3, Ind 282/3
A length ball from Taijul Islam and Mayank Agarwal pulls it through square leg for a boundary. That brings up his 150. He has been in exquisite form.
Overs 65.3, Ind 225/3
Ajinkya Rahane plays an Abu Jayed delivery towards deep square and takes a single to bring up his fifty.
Overs 64.6, Ind 222/3
An outside off delivery from Mehedi Hasan Miraz and a lovely daft touch from Agarwal sees the ball go past the slip for a four. That brings up the hundred-run stand between Agarwal and Rahane.
Overs 59.3, Ind 206/3
Mayank Agarwal flicks a ball through deep midwicket off an Ebadot Hossain delivery and takes a double to get to his third Test hundred in eight matches. A magnficent innings from the right-hander.
India go to Lunch with 38-run lead
Overs 54, Ind 188/3: Lunch.
Ajinkya Rahane defends a Taijul Islam delivery as umpire calls Lunch on Day 2. Bangladesh had started the session brightly by removing Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli early. Since then, India however regrouped through an unbeaten 69-run third-wicket stand between Rahane and Mayank Agarwal. India go for Lunch on day 2 with a 38-run lead and seven wickets in hand.
Overs 46.4, Ind 170/3: Decision overturned!
Mayank Agarwal goes for a paddle sweep off a Mehedi Hasan Miraz delivery and misses it as the ball hits the pads. Looked like it was going down the leg side but the umpire raised his finger following a huge appeal. India went for a review and it showed that the ball would have missed the leg stump. Agarwal breathes a sigh of relief as the decision is overturned.
Overs 40.6, Ind 152/3: India take the lead!
Mayank Agarwal goes down the track and lofts it over mid-off for a boundary off a Mehedi Hasan Miraz delivery. Brings up the 150 for India and with that India take the lead in the first innings.
Overs 38, Ind 146/3: Drinks.
It has been a great start for Bangladesh. Right-arm pacer Abu Jayed removed Pujara and India skipper Virat Kohli to help stage a fight back. However, Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane looked solid since the dismissal of Kohli as the duo already accounted for a 29-run third-wicket partnership.
Jayed removes Kohli, Pujara early
[Wicket] Overs 31.5, Ind 119/3: V Kohli lbw b Abu Jayed 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
The ball hits the pads of Virat Kohli and there is a huge appeal from the Bangladesh players. The umpire however gives him not out and Mominul Haque, Bangladesh skipper, goes for a review. It shows that the ball was pitching outside off but was angling in and would have gone to hit the stumps. Umpire changes his decision and Kohli has to walk. A great start for Bangladesh!
Overs 30.4, Ind 113/2
Mayank Agarwal rocks back and pulled a back of a length delivery from Ebadot Hossain for a four through midwicket. He gets to his fifty in style.
[Wicket] Overs 29.5, Ind 105/2: CA Pujara c sub (Saif Hassan) b Abu Jayed 54 (72b 9x4 0x6) SR: 75.00
An outside off delivery from Abu Jayed that was moving away slightly tempted Cheteshwar Pujara to go for a drive. He gets an edge and a fine catch taken by substitute fielder Saif Hassan, who came in to replace Mehedi Hasan Miraz after he took a hit on his fingertips while in an attempt to take a catch earlier.
Can Tigers fight back?
It was all India on the opening day of their first of the Two Tests against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore yesterday.
India had bundled Bangladesh out for a meagre 150 in 58.3 overs before scoring 86 for one in 26.1 overs at stumps. The only Indian wicket that fell on the day was scalped by right-arm pacer Abu Jayed when he dismissed opener Rohit Sharma in the eighth over.
Going into the second day, Bangladesh will be looking to fight back and restrict India from taking an unassailable lead. The Tigers would look to take early wickets and break the 72-run second-wicket partnership between the overnight batsmen Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara.