Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs India 2nd Test 2022/23

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India 314 and 45/4 (Akshar 26*, Mehdi 3-12) need 100 runs to beat Bangladesh 227 and 231 (Litton 73, Zakir 51, Akshar 3-68, Siraj 2-41)

Mehidy Hasan Miraz proved to be the enabler as Bangladesh took four quick wickets on the third evening of the second Test to claw their way back into the contest. Chasing 145, India were 45 for 4 at stumps, setting up the Test in a tantalizing manner. It was Mehdi who picked up three of the four wickets that fell, notably the removal of Virat Kohli with Mominul Haque taking a fine low catch at short leg.

After this, Mehdi reached between the wickets and first stumped Cheteshwar Pujara for 6 runs. The batsman came out of the crease to defend but missed the ball. Initially, it looked like a routine stumping appeal, but replays showed Pujara had his bat in the air, trying to get back to safety.

A few overs later, Nurul Hasan completed a simple stumping when Shubman Gill came out of the crease, only to be missed by a delivery from Mehdi, who held his line. He struggled for 34 balls before getting out.

However, Kohli’s wicket brought more joy for Bangladesh fans and players alike when Mehdi pressured him forward and took the turn to pull an inside edge that went to Mominul. A few words were exchanged between the fielders and Kohli, who walked off the field in anger.

With the bat, Bangladesh toiled hard during their 70.2 overs in their second innings, with Akshar Patel taking three wickets, and R Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj taking two each. India made fielding errors, especially Kohli, who missed three chances at slip.

Liton Das led Bangladesh’s resistance, top-scoring with 73 while Zakir Hasan scored 51. Nurul provided a bit of flair, while Taskin Ahmed put up decent opposition. Liton and Taskin put on 60 runs for the eighth wicket to keep the hosts in the game.

Liton had earlier added 46 runs for the seventh wicket with Nurul, who was dismissed for 31 off 29 balls with the help of two fours and a six. Liton hit seven boundaries with some attractive shots through cover, mid-on and midwicket, but his job was to hold the lower order together after the top and middle order collapsed again.

Ashwin started India’s day well with the wicket of Najmul Hossain Shanto, before Siraj removed Bangladesh’s top-scorer Mominul in the first innings. Shakib fell to Jaydev Unadkat, while Akshar trapped Mushfiqur Rahim lbw shortly before lunch.

Despite a poor start on the third day, Bangladesh added 120 runs in the second session. Liton and Nurul went after the bowling in slightly better batting conditions before Liton found an able ally in Taskin.

Taskin defended perfectly, hitting some well-timed sweep shots. Liton opens up more after tea, but then Siraj brings one up, swiftly hitting it over leg stump. Taijul Islam did not offer much resistance, however, as Bangladesh were bowled out for 231 when Ashwin fell before Khalid Ahmed was run out in the 71st over.

Their bowlers caused a stir late in the day, with the visitors still needing 100 runs to win the Test. lowest total defense fourth inning West Indies have scored 231 in Dhaka, having beaten Bangladesh by 17 runs last year.

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