India dominated the second day as they posted a mammoth total of 687 runs on the board. They were lead by their captain who scored a double century along with the centurions Vijay & Saha. India was aided by the Bangladeshi fielders as they had another poor day to forget. Bangladesh did come out strong with the bat but lost the wicket of Soumya Sarkar at the penultimate over putting India into a very strong position at the end of Day 2.
First Session –
The fielding misery continued for Bangladesh. Rahane was dropped at 62 runs by Sabbir – It would have been a superb catch had it been taken. The batsmen just continued batting with ease as the half chances were not taken by Bangladesh. The frustration was clearly evident when Mushfiqur yelled at the youngster Miraz – ‘Ami ekbar bolse, bar bar bolbona, ei jaigai ball kor’ (I have told you once, won’t tell you again and again, ball at this spot). Taijul, on the other hand, was bowling superbly – almost picking up the wicket of Kohli – the ball missed the off stump by a whisker. Taijul was rewarded for his good bowling as he eventually was able to pick up the wicket of Rahane – who was superbly caught by Miraz – at last a bit of efficient fielding.
The new batsman was taking his time to settle in as bowlers aimed to tighten things up. Just when one thought the fielding was getting better, the captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, messed things up behind the stump. Taijul again bowled superbly and got the batsman making a mistake but the keeper missed a straightforward stumping opportunity. Saha was just on 4 runs at that point. Mushfiq has not been the best in form with the gloves but yet he decides to keep on wicket keeping despite having a quality wicket-keeping batsman in the squad. Another one added to his blunder list. The teams headed for lunch with India clearly on the driving seat on 477/4 and Kohli 10 short of his double century.
Second Session –
Bangladesh have picked up one wicket in every session so far. It has not been easy for the bowlers and they have not been backed by the fielders. A very uninspired performance by the team. As the second session began, Kohli smashed a boundary to become the first batsman in the history of cricket to score 4 double centuries in 4 consecutive test matches – going past Bradman and Dravid – some achievement that by the Indian skipper – **Applauds**. However, his stay at the crease was short-lived after the impressive achievement. Taijul again the bowler who trapped Kohli to get him out. Although the replay suggested that impact of the pad was outside off stump – however, Kohli didn’t review and just he walked off.
The Indian batsmen didn’t crumble there as they continued to score runs – aided with poor fielding by the Bangladeshi players. The bowlers tried everything but things weren’t just going their way. Miraz was able to get a bit of success when he was able to pick up Ashwin. There was no stopping the Indian batsmen as Saha took control of the innings and was assisted well by Jadeja. The pair ticked along and went to tea at 620/6 – with Saha only 13 runs short of his 100.
Third Session –
The Indian batsmen came into bat and took control. Saha inching towards his century and Jadeja trying to accelerate and accumulate as many runs as possible. The fielding didn’t improve as another catch was dropped and this time it was by Tamim Iqbal at long-off. This allowed Saha to tick along and score his hundred – he was given a life at 4 runs when Mushfiqur Rahim missed an easy stumping. India did not waste much time then decided to declare their innings on 687 runs with the loss of 6 wickets – leaving Bangladesh to negotiate 12 overs.
Bangladesh openers, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar were out in the crease with the objective of surviving till the end of days play. Bangladesh are looking at a huge mountain to climb and would require the openers to start strong. The pair started with authority and was ticking away very well – suggested that the pitch is still good to bat on.
However, at the penultimate over of the day, the firey Umesh Yadav sent Soumya Sarkar back to the pavilion by bowling a jaffa – He got a small inside edge and the keeper took a brilliant low catch. The umpire initially didn’t give it out as it was very difficult to say in real time. India was confident and went up for a review – on slow-mo it seemed like there was a gap between the bat and ball, however, ultra-edge showed a spike and Soumya had to walk back after scoring only 15 runs. Tamim and Mominul managed to negotiate the last few deliveries to end the day on 41 runs for the loss of one wicket.
Bangladesh have a mammoth task ahead of them and need to be at their best tomorrow with the bat. The players should set small targets for them and not think too much about the score India have posted. The pitch still seems good for batting and Bangladesh needs to capitalise the condition as long as possible. Day 3 will be a huge day for Bangladesh – a fight back is what is to be expected at the least.