India v Bangladesh Day 1, One-off Test: 5 Talking Points
Published - Feb 9, 2017 5:42 pm | Updated - Feb 9, 2017 6:08 pm
India dominated proceedings on the first day’s play against Bangladesh after they amassed the runs that was more than required on the day’s play. As for their opponents on the day, Bangladesh simply could not pick the wickets as they had in the first 30-odd minutes of the day. Virat Kohli was once again the star of the show for the Indians as he had been in most of the Test matches against both New Zealand and England. His century was something that clearly overshadowed the likes of Murali Vijay who smashed a ton and Cheteshwar Pujara who went ahead and helped himself to a half-century on the day.
However, despite all of this, the fact of the matter was that Ajinkya Rahane was making his way back into the side at the expense of Karun Nair who had been in amazing form during the England series. While triple-centuries could not prevent the return of the Indian vice-captain, it was Taskin Ahmed who was able to impress one and all with some impressive bowling. His ability to bowl in speeds upwards of 140 off Kph was something that certainly caught the eye. Here are five talking points from the day’s play.
1. Taskin dismisses Rahul as Bangladesh bowlers dominate
With both Al-Amin Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman unavailable for selection, the onus fell on Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi to ensure that the Indians were indeed well and truly at bay in case they batted first. Taskin in particular was impressive on the day as he went ahead and bowled exceedingly well including helping himself to a wicket as well. This wicket came in the form of opener KL Rahul who dragged onto his stumps one of those pacey deliveries from the off-stump. The duo kept things tight for the most part of the first 30 minutes.
2. Pujara and Vijay get India back on track
While the Indian batsmen were simply troubled by the batsmen on the morning, it was quite clear that the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay were certainly going to make it count. The duo, after surviving the initial 30 minutes ensured that there was not problem when the spinners came on to bowl as they went ahead and smashed the ball to different parts of the ground. They went into lunch without losing their wickets as well as stitched an important 178-run partnership for the second wicket.
3. Pujara survives run-out chance
Cheteshwar Pujara might have helped himself to an impressive half-century, but there was a massive opportunity missed when Mehedi Hasan failed to dismiss his man when he did not gather the ball cleanly. This was all happening when Pujara had made his way almost to the other end when Shakib-al-Hasan had picked up the ball at square leg. However, despite this, he threw the ball back to Mehedi after Pujara had seemingly reached halfway down to his crease. However, despite this, Mehedi could not gather the ball properly, something that ensured that the 29-year old kept his wicket.
Watch: The missed run-out chance
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4. Vijay slams ton
Murali Vijay slammed an impressive century, one of his many in Test cricket, thereby cementing his place in the side as perhaps one of the best opening batsmen in India at the very least if not the world. However, there was some sort of character to the manner in which Vijay batted given the fact that he slammed the ball to different parts as well as put the breaks when he needed to put them on. He batted for three quarters of the day before losing his wicket to Tiajul Hasan, the latter who had toiled all day for the same.
5. Captain Kohli makes it count as Rahane marks return
Virat Kohli’s form for India in recent times has been quite amazing. Apart from the obvious numbers that certainly set him aside from the likes of his teammates, Virat Kohli slammed yet another century, something that ensured that he was one of those who would get his name on a silver plaque of sorts for what became his 16th century. Kohli remained unbeaten on 111 at the close of play along with his lieutenant Ajinkya Rahane who also remained unbeaten after amassing an impressive 45.