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

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India 19 for 0 (Gill 14*, Rahul 3*). Bangladesh 227 (Mominul 84, Umesh 4-25, Ashwin 4-71) by 208 runs

Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin took four wickets each to put India on top despite Mominul Haque’s 84-run comeback. Batting first in the Second Test at Mirpur, Bangladesh were 213 for 5 at one stage after tea, but lost their last five wickets inside the next 14 runs to be all out for 227.

Bangladesh’s top seven batsmen each reached 15, but none went past 26 apart from Mominul. Whenever a partnership looked to be built, he lost a wicket. Five of the first six wickets had a stand of 39 or more but the highest of them was only 48.

India had to face 14 overs. The game went on for an extra half an hour but bad light allowed only eight of them to bowl. In that short passage, KL Rahul looked alert against Taskin Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan and ended the day with an unbeaten 3 off 30 balls. Supporting him was Shubman Gill, his unbeaten 14 off 20 included a six and a four.

In the morning, India went with three fast bowlers and two spinners on a grass pitch with Jaydev Unadkat replacing player of the match Kuldeep Yadav in the last game. It was Unadkat’s first Test in 12 years and only his second Test overall. Between his two appearances India played 118 Tests, the 2nd most missed game For any Test cricketer.

Umesh and Mohammed Siraj found movement with the new ball, but neither really pitched it to take full advantage of the grass pitch. This resulted in a lot of drama and misses but Bangladesh openers Zakir Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto survived their spells.

First change to the bowling, Unadkat, the slowest of the Indian fast bowlers, did not get much pace, but his high release point gave him extra bounce. Soon, he was bowling with four slips, one gully and one short leg, and was regularly hitting batsmen over the gloves.

With Bangladesh on 39, Zakir decided to cut a short-off-length delivery from Unadkat, only to be carried off by extra bounce. The ball hit his gloves and went to fourth slip, giving Unadkat his first wicket in Test cricket.

In the next over, Ashwin got Shanto lbw out. The batsman playing for the turn shouldered a length ball which went around the wicket with the arm and hit his pads. He was given out lbw on the ground, and a review returned the decision of the umpire’s call with ball-tracking showing the ball hitting the stumps.

Coming in at No.4, Shakib took the aerial route against Ashwin before even reaching double digits. He hit Ashwin inside-out over extra cover before the latter danced down the track in the work of depositing it outside the deep-midwicket boundary.

Mominul and Shakib also enjoyed their luck. Mominul’s cut against Ashwin flew between the wicketkeeper and the slips and then in the last over before lunch, Rishabh Pant missed a tricky leg-side stumping when Shakib charged at Ashwin and the ball came off his feet.

The respite, however, did not prove costly as Umesh sent back Shakib on the very first ball after the break. The Bangladesh skipper tried to loft him over mid-off but didn’t get the timing right and gave away the easiest of chances.

Mominul and Mushfiqur started slowly, hitting six boundaries in ten balls and adding 48 runs for the fourth wicket, before Unadkat broke the stand. Bowling around the wicket, he once again found extra bounce, taking the outside edge of Mushfiqur’s bat before the ball settled in Pant’s gloves.

Liton Das started on a positive note, hitting Siraj for a four and hitting the next ball for a six. He quickly moved to 25 but failed to keep the flick off Ashwin and was taken to short midwicket.

Meanwhile, Mominul kept the pressure on and hit Unadkat for two more fours to bring up his half-century. He and Mehidy Hasan Miraj ensured that Bangladesh did not lose another wicket before tea, despite some close calls.

The pair added 41 runs for the sixth wicket but Mehdi fell ill after tea. The physio checked him up and the batsman decided to continue. Umesh, however, removed him soon after, Mehdi tried to cut a ball that was too close to him and edged past him.

Mehdi’s wicket hastened the collapse. In his next over, Umesh took a single in reverse to dismiss Nurul Hasan lbw. The on-field umpire called it not out but India changed the decision on review. Taskin didn’t last long either, he cut to Siraj at point, who grabbed the spot after a bit of juggling. Earlier, Siraj dismissed Shanto off Umesh on the first ball of the second over of the day.

During this, Mominul stood on one end. But he found himself in a dilemma against Ashwin’s carrom ball. He first saw her drive away before raising her arms. It was too late as the ball hit his gloves and was caught by Pant. Ashwin wrapped up the innings two balls later when Khalid Ahmed hit a full toss straight to Unadkat at deep midwicket.

Hemant Brar is the Deputy Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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