Twitter Reactions: Pace battery puts India in the ascendancy

Twitter Reactions: Pace battery puts India in the ascendancy

Bangladesh slumped from 140/5 to 150 all out in a space of 29 balls.

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The first day of the Indore Test belonged to India. Bangladesh didn’t have much to cheer about at the Holkar Stadium. The Indian seamers shone against South Africa and they have carried their form versus Mominul Haque and Co as well. At the close of play on the opening day, India are trailing by a mere 64 runs with nine wickets left in the first innings. The Tigers have a lot of work to do.

Mushfiqur and Mominul fight hard

After India lost the toss, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav removed both the Tigers’ openers- Shadman Islam and Imrul Kayes. Mohammed Shami trapped Mohammad Mithun in front to pick his first wicket. Skipper Mominul Haque (37) and the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim (43) stitched a stand of 68 runs. They took the hosts to 63 at the Lunch and continued their good work thereafter.

Ravi Ashwin rattled Mominul’s off-stump to separate the duo. It was also the tweaker’s 250th Test wicket at home. Mahmudullah looked scratchy and he was cleaned up by Ashwin when he went for an audacious sweep. Liton Das (21) came in and played some delightful strokes. Another stand of 25 between him and Mushfiqur was blooming, but the visiting team couldn’t cease the opportunity.

Agarwal and Pujara see India through

Shami delivered the body blow, running through Mushfiqur’s defence. Rahim was dropped as many as three times, but he couldn’t make the home team pay. In the very next ball, Shami pinned Mehidy Hasan Miraz. In the first ball of the next over, Ishant got rid of Liton and the Bangladesh innings went into the doldrums. A strong throw from Ravindra Jadeja accounted for Taijul Islam’s wicket.

Umesh Yadav cleaned up Ebadot Hossain to bowl the Tigers out for 150. India didn’t have the greatest of starts. Abu Jayed Rahi found Rohit Sharma’s outside-edge to strike first blood. But after the first wicket, Mayank Agarwal (37*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (43*) didn’t allow panic settle in and played out the rest of the overs. The former got s lifeline after Kayes dropped him in the slip cordon.

Here is how Twitter reacted on the first day’s play in Indore