In the second Test match of the India tour of Bangladesh 2022, India defeated Bangladesh by 3 wickets at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hassan won the toss and opted to bat first. It was an obvious choice at the Shere Bangla National Stadium as the ball pretty much turns largly on Day 4 and 5. Team India, however, did not care about the pitch and restricted Bangladesh to a decent score. Courtesy of Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and co., the team clinched positivity to go out and gain a humongous lead.
During India’s first inning, both the openers, KL Rahul (10) and Shubman Gill (20) got kind start but couldn’t stay longer at the crease. Moreover, Cheteshwar Pujara (24) and Virat Kohli (24) also had same luck while batting. It was Rishabh Pant (93) who got some heavy runs for team India. The wicketkeeper-batsman struck seven fours and five sixes to gain momentum and lead. Along with him, Shreyas Iyer (87) as well, target bowlers and attacked them all over park. Both the batters together score 159 runs for the fifth wicket partnership. Towards the end, Jaydev Unadkat (14) and Umesh Yadav also secured some vital runs for the visitors. India, at the end of their first innings, scored 314/10.
With the ball, Bangladeshi bowlers had to struggle alot to restrict India’s lead over them. Captain Shakib Al Hassan and Taijul Islam claimed four wickets each and with them, Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan Miraz also bagged one wicket each.
In the first innings for Bangladesh, Mominul Haque (84) was the only batter who got some heavy runs. Other top scorers for the home team were from Litton Das (25), Mushfiqur Rahim (26) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (24). After winning the toss, Bangladesh had an undue advantage to score big but failed to do so. The team was wrapped up for just 227 runs.
Umesh Yadav plucked four wickets for team India in the first innings. With him, Ravichandran Ashwin also got same amount of wickets as Yadav. Jaydev Unadkat, who was playing his 2nd Test match after December 2010, also picked two wickets.
For Bangladesh in the second innings with the bat, Zakir Hasan (51) got a beautiful half century which consisted of five fours. Litton Das (73) was the man to hammer Indian bowlers which gave Bangladeshi fans another ray of hope. The batter was also fortunate as Virat at slips dropped him four times. Including Litton, Nurul Hassan (31) and Taskin Ahmed (31) also helped with quality runs to take Bangladesh to 231 runs.
In the chase, Indian batters looked to end the match as soon as possible but in Bangladesh’s favour. No Indian batter looked good towards the end of Day 3 and Day 4 which gave Bangladesh a huge confidence to win the Test match after losing the lead in the first innings. Axar Patel (34) was the batter who gave Indian fans glimmer of hopes. The southpaw batter stood tall and fought well to lead the chase. After Axar’s dismissal, Shreyas Iyer (29*) and R Ashwin (42*) were the only batting pair remaining and they did not disappoint. Both the batters scored 71 runs together to take India beyond victory line.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz grabbed a fifer in the second innings and was a major headache for Rahul Dravid’s tactics. Two wickets were also picked by Shakib Al Hassan.
Ravichandran Ashwin was adjudged Man of the Match for his amazing and skillful allround show in both innings. With this win, team India has claimed clean series win over the home side in the two-match Test series.
Bangladesh: 227/10, Overs 73.5, Mominul Haque 84, Umesh Yadav 4/25
India: 314/10, Overs 86.3, Rishabh Pant 93, Taijul Islam 4/74
India: 258/2 d, Overs 61.4, Shubman Gill 110, Khaled Ahmed 1/51
Bangladesh: 231/10, Overs 70.2, Litton Das 73, Axar Patel 3/68