Kohli, Ishant shine as India await another series win
23rd November 2019
Indian skipper Virat Kohli's another masterful ton against Bangladesh could've been the only thing people would've talked about at the end of the second day of the historic first day-night Pink ball test but the visitors had something else planned.
Experienced Bangladesh batter Mushfiqur Rahim stepped up when it was needed, played a gritty innings and restrored some possibilities to not lose this match by an innings, which was looking inevitable after seventh over of Bangladesh's second innings.
Resuming on 174/3 Kohli converted his half-century into his 27th test ton while Ajinkya Rahane contributed with a fluent 51 off 69 balls and India declared on 347/9.
"I think that was the right time to bowl. The ball was swinging and we felt that if we start bowling at that time, we can pick up early wickets. And that is what happened as we got four early wickets. The ball was swinging, the dew wasn't there, dew started after tea time," Cheteshwar Pujara said after Day 2.
Put to bat in the second innings Bangladesh top-order faltered again in front Indian pace attack as they were reduced to 13/4 in just 6.4 overs.
Ishant Sharma ripped apart Bangladesh batting lineup again as the Indian pacer finished the day with a four-wicket haul while Umesh Yadav continued to shine with both new and old ball by taking 2 wickets.
Most of the people thought the match wouldn't go into third day but then Mushfiqur stepped up along with another senior batter Mahmudullah to stitch a 69-run partnership till the latter one retired hurt after scoring 39 and 51 runs with Mehidy Hasan Miraz (15).
Earlier Indian skipper Kohli became the first player to hit a ton in pink ball test with a supeb century before being caught by Taijul Islam off a spectacular effort on 136.
Al-Amin Hossain and Ebadat Hossain bagged 3 wickets apiece while Abu Jayed bagged two.
Mushfuqur stayed unbeaten on 59 as the visitors will try to make India bat again in the second innings.
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