Team India maintain their unbeaten run in tests with the victory over Bangladesh in the one-off test match played at Hyderabad. Virat Kohli won the toss on Thursday morning opting to bat on a typical Hyderabad wicket. Both teams fielded their best XI with India adding Ishant to the playing XI and marking the return of Ajinkya Rahane.
India were rocked early with the fall of opener KL Rahul who got out after facing just 4 balls in the first over of the match. Murali Vijay was joined by in-form Cheteshwar Pujara. Both played sensibly, defending while also keeping the scoreboard ticking and gave a solid platform for the next batsmen to build upon. Pujara perished for a well made 83 while Vijay added another century to his records, his 9th, scoring a mighty 108.
It was time for the next pair Virat and Rahane to take the score forward. While Kohli started confidently, Rahane looked a little rusty, coming back from a long injury. In time, he got in his groove and the bat flow looked much better. They made sure that India didn’t lose any more wickets leading the hosts to 356/3 at the end of first day’s play.
Both batsmen started with similar form the next day. Before getting out, Rahane assisted Kohli in adding another 100 runs to the scoreboard. Kohli along with Rahane took charge of the proceedings and scored a magnificient double hundred, his fourth in the season. Saha also scored a resilient century to guide India to a mammoth total of 687/6 Dec.
Bangladeshi batsmen had their work cut-out. Winning was a long shot. They needed to bat out the days in order to draw the test match. They lost their opener Saumya Sarkar to a ripper from Umesh Yadav. A flurry of wickets left Bangladesh reeling at 109/4.
The two most experienced and talented batsmen then partnered together to get Bangladesh to a respectable total and avoid follow-on. Shakib played flamboyantly hitting a flurry of shots all around the ground. He got out after scoring a magnificent half-century. Mushfiqur Rahim on the other end kept the curtains down and produced a shot or two in a while. He scored a beautiful hundred to get the hosts too 388 with a half century from Mehndi Hassan.
With 299 runs still in the bag, Team India decided not to enforce the follow-on and came out to bat one over before lunch on day 4. Scoring at a tremendous rate, India put on 159 runs on board before declaring in just one session.
Giving Bangladesh four sessions to save the test match. Virat’s bowlers came out all pumped and ready to have a go at the Bangladeshi batsmen. Following a fiery spell from Ishant Sharma who picked up two wickets, Bangladesh were all out for 250, handing India another test win, this their largest over Bangladesh with 208 runs.
This was India’s Sixth consecutive test series won under Virat Kohli. Really, the Virat era has begun.