Day 1 – First Day Of Test Cricket In India Didn’t Go As Planned

Bangladesh’s first day of Test cricket in India did not go as anticipated. The players started off well after losing the toss but couldn’t capitalise to create further damage. The bowling, in general, was ok but the fielding wasn’t great (yet again!). Especially in these pancake pitches, it is essential that the fielders back the bowlers and make the most of the half-chances created.

First Session –

The toss was won by the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who chose to bat first on the surface without a doubt. Mushfiqur Rahim would have also preferred to bat. The surface looked hard underneath and would suit the batters if they settle themselves well.

Bangladesh started the innings with the ball really well and was rewarded in the very first over when Taskin got an inside edge of Rahul’s bat resulting in crashing of the wicket. The start Bangladesh were hoping for after losing the toss. The seamers bowled aggressively in order to take full advantage of the new ball and early morning condition. They did trouble the Indian batsmen quite a bit in the first hour of play. A couple of half chances went begging when catches fell short of the fielders after genuine edges. The fielders seemed to sit a bit too deep in their position on a surface which is reasonably slow.

 

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Taskin Ahmed sent Rahul packing in the first over of the game. (Image Credit – AFP)

The spinners were brought in and they had a similar fate as well. Miraz was edged a couple of times in an over but the ball fell short of the fielders. A huge chance was let down when Vijay and Pujara were stuck at the same end of the pitch. Fielder Kamrul did a terrific work at square leg to get the throw to the bowler end, however, a brain freeze moment from the youngster Miraz, allowed the batsman to survive a run out as the bowler failed to collect the throw cleanly. The batsmen settled in by then and eased to the lunch session with India scoring 86 runs with the loss of one wicket.

Second Session –

The 2 well-settled batsmen continued with their batting steadily. The bowlers looked toothless as runs were flowing quite easily – as expected on a pancake wicket. The runout chance was a big opportunity missed considering purchasing a wicket here was extremely difficult. Taijul and Shakib bowled well but wasn’t rewarded with any wicket. There were few odd turns available for the bowlers at times. Miraz bowled decently but his inexperience was caught up in the mix as the batsmen were targeting him to pick quick runs.
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Miraz failed to collect the ball as Bangladesh missed an opportunity to get Vijay run out who later on went to score a century. (Image Credit – AFP)

The captain bought back Taskin into the attack, hoping to change things as the spinners weren’t able to break the stand.  There was a hint of reverse swing on his return. However, it was the youngster Miraz, who brought this partnership to an end by getting Pujara caught behind on 83 runs – Mushfiqur had to collect the catch in his second attempt. The wicket of Pujara meant that it was the time for the Indian captain Kohli to take the crease. He batted sensibly with Vijay to head off for tea at a commanding position on 206/2 – 132 runs were scored in this session and Vijay was inches away from his century.

 

Third Session –

The players resumed after their ‘cha’ break. Bowlers aimed to put pressure on the batsmen and pick few early wickets. The desperation was so much to pick up wickets, that the Bangladesh decided to go for a review when the ball hit the middle of Kohli’s bat – an awful review from Bangladesh. However, a couple of over later Vijay tried to play a sweep shot but failed to make any contact giving Taijul his 1st wicket in the game and Bangladesh’s 3rd.

Kohli and Rahane did not give Bangladesh any chance to capitalise. The runs flew with easy for the pair. This lead to an effortless century for the Indian captain. Bangladesh bowlers couldn’t cause a lot of damage as they would have hoped to in the final session. India can easily be said to be at the top by the end of Day 1 as they finished on 356/3 – with Kohli unbeaten at 111 runs. Bangladesh have conceded 71 runs in the last 10 overs – that itself sums up the day for Bangladesh.

 

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Bangladesh bowlers were made to work hard on a pitch that didn’t assist them on Day 1. (Image Credit – AFP)

Bangladesh would want to forget the first day from their system and bring in fresh ideas for the second day. It won’t be easy as 2 set batsmen are at the crease and the wicket doesn’t seem like to be assisting the bowler. The fielders need to step up and back their bowlers. Bangladesh is already staring at 356 runs and if they can’t regroup tomorrow then they can expect India to set up a big total. 
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