In the second test match against Bangladesh, which took place on Sunday, Team India authored a victory that will live long in the memory. When they were chasing 145, the visitors were 74/7 before the heroics of Ravichandran Ashwin (42*) and Shreyas Iyer (29*) took them out of a tense situation and guided them to a dramatic three-wicket triumph. The game was won by the visitors by a score of 145 to 144.
The five-wicket haul that Mehidy Hasan Miraz had was rendered useless due to the unbeaten partnership of 71 runs between the two batsmen.
Team India finished the two-match Test series against Bangladesh with a perfect 4-0 record, which guaranteed their position as the runner-up in the World Test Championship points table.
In addition to such a monumental victory, India’s stand-in skipper KL Rahul won many fans’ hearts with his thoughtful gesture.
During the celebration that ensued after the victory, Rahul followed an established custom that had been started by a previous captain named Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He gave the winning trophy to an uncapped player named Saurabh Kumar.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both followed this trend when they played for India in the past. Although Saurabh, age 29, did not get the opportunity to make his debut for India, he was ecstatic to accept the trophy from Rahul. Saurabh was brought in as a replacement for all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
During the unofficial test match in Sylhet, the left-arm spinner without a cap took nine wickets for India A against Bangladesh A. Bangladesh A was the opposing team.
The opening batter, Rahul, once again fell short of meeting the requirements that were set forth by the supporters for his performance in the second test match. The best scores that Rahul could get in any of the two innings were 10 and 2.
Bangladesh was on track for their first ever Test win against their formidable neighbours when India was at 74 for seven chasing 145, but Iyer (29 not out off 46) and Ashwin (42 not out off 62) denied them with an unbeaten 71-run stand off 105 balls. This prevented Bangladesh from claiming their first ever Test victory.
Although off-spinner Mehidy Hazan Miraz (5/63) performed his best and ended up with five wickets, it was not enough to win the match for his team.
India sealed their victory in the series with a come-from-behind victory, bringing their record to 2-0, which strengthens their hopes of making it to the finals of the World Test Championship for a second consecutive year.