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Fast Bowlers Leave India In A Dominating Position

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and opted to bat first. India’s captain Virat Kohli mentioned at the toss that he too wanted to bowl first as the wicket had a bit of grass cover that would assist the fast bowlers. India’s new ball duo comprising of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav got their off to an excellent start by removing both the Bangladesh openers, Shadman Islam and Imrul Kayes with just 12 runs on the board. Mohammad Mithun also got out pretty soon leaving Bangladesh at 33 for 3.

The pair of Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim then joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. Mominul and Mushfiqur added 68 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. Bangladesh looked to get out of jail with these two set batters at the crease before Ravichandran Ashwin provided his team with two crucial breakthroughs in the form of Mominul and Mahmudullah within quick time.

Indian fast bowlers rattle Bangladesh

Mohammed Shami then showed his class by plucking out the well-set Mushfiqur Rahim and also removed Bangladesh off-spinner Mehidy Hasan on the very next ball. After the tea break, India’s fast bowling troika of Umesh, Shami and Ishant wrapped up things pretty quickly as Bangladesh folded for just 150 runs in 58.3 overs.

In the second innings, the two Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal started things on a tentative note. Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed dismissed Rohit with an excellent delivery to hand his team with the first breakthrough. The duo of Mayank and Cheteshwar Pujara then showed remarkable composure and temperament to come out unscathed at stumps on Day 1. Pujara was 43 not out and Mayank remained unbeaten at 37 runs as India scored 86 for 1 in 26 overs.