Bangladesh 133 for 8 (Mehidy 16*, Ebadot 13*) Trail India 404 (Pujara 90, Iyer 86, Ashwin 58, Kuldeep 40, Mehdi 4-112, Taijul 4-133) by 271 runs
Siraj gave India their first breakthrough off the first ball of the innings when he drew an outside edge to wicket-keeper Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Yasir Ali cut away against Umesh Yadav when he tried to chase the ball with stiff hands. A 34-run partnership between debutant Zakir Hasan and Liton Das, studded with seven fours, gave Bangladesh a brief lift. Liton first hit Umesh for back-to-back fours down the leg side, before Zakir hit two fours in three balls against Ashwin; One slips through with a thick edge and the other a fierce cut off the back foot. Liton hit Umesh for three consecutive fours in the last over before tea to ignite some more fire.
Siraj came back after the break and dismissed Liton for 24 and pulled an edge round the wicket from Zakir with a ball who held his line to end a wonderful first innings. Mushfiqur Rahim looked all solid with his nimble technique and a brilliant sweep against spin as Bangladesh’s hopes rested on the experienced duo of Mushfiqur and an injured Shakib Al Hasan, who did not bowl on the second day. Shakib defended for most of his 25 balls before Kuldeep bowled his second, edging the batsman towards first slip and the hosts were 75 for 5.
Four balls later, Kuldeep thought he had lbw to Nurul Hasan, but India’s review showed that the ball was only clipping leg stump, so the on-field decision of not-out was upheld. India thought that Nurul had also gloved the same ball at short leg and when the third umpire checked the replays again, there was no bat or glove. As the lights began to fade in the final hour of the day, spin started from both ends and Axar Patel brought his side-arm angle against the right-handed batsmen for an economical but wicketless seven overs.
It was Kuldeep who struck thrice in 12 balls with plenty of flight, sharp turn, wrong and pace variation. Shubman Gill took a brilliant catch to his right at short leg to send Nurul back for 16, before Kuldeep lbw to Mushfiqur for 28 and edged the ball to his inside edge and caught Taijul Islam for a duck. cut off for At 102 for eight and nine overs to go to stumps, Bangladesh were not far from being all out but Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Ebadat Hossain saw through Axar, Kuldeep and Ashwin amid some close shouts and appeals Hit one six each.
Ashwin and Kuldeep first frustrated Bangladesh by taking a stubborn stand for the eighth wicket. Bangladesh would have hoped for a quick wicket after Shreyas Iyer was dismissed for 86 in the eighth over of the day leaving India 293 for 7, but they could not make further gains in the first session. On an otherwise slow-scoring day, Ashwin hit two sixes in his 58 and Kuldeep played some reverse sweeps in his 114-ball knock. Bangladesh also burned two reviews early in the day against Ashwin and Kuldeep, and Ebadot employed short-ball tactics against Iyer, getting a leading edge from hook to fine leg, where Liton edged Iyer for his third. Gave life and then left. Field with an injured knee. However, in his next over, Abadot hit the stumps by flicking the ball towards Iyer after the batsman played inside the line. Meanwhile, Ashwin smashed Mehdi Hasan Miraj for a six over long-on for his first boundary.
Ashwin did not protect Kuldeep from the strike and Kuldeep repaid the trust by playing the spinners cautiously on the front and back foot and collecting boundaries off the loose balls as batting looked easier as the ball softened. In an eventful over from Taijul, Ashwin was first beaten by the turn of offside, and was dismissed to first slip the very next ball. The resulting throw from deep third hit the wicketkeeper behind his helmet and India were awarded five penalty runs.
Ashwin hit his second six after the lunch break, this time off Taijul, and brought up his 13th Test half-century off the next ball. Kuldeep survived more appeals and then hit Taijul for two more fours before Ashwin was stumped off Mahdi while going for a big shot. Taijul trapped Kuldeep lbw in the next over and Siraj was out at long-on, but India had scored a brilliant first innings score with the help of two brilliant sixes by Umesh.
Shakib’s unavailability to bowl due to a rib injury also hurt Bangladesh.
Vishal Dixit is assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo