India won the opening test of the two-match series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram by an impressive 188-run margin. The victory came after Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav bowled out the lower order batsmen for Bangladesh.
With this victory, India climbed to the third spot in the table of the ICC World Test Championship. Bangladesh was unable to withstand the brilliant blowing of India’s spinners, and they lost their four wickets within the first hour of the first session of the fifth day. This allowed India to move up to the third spot.
The spin bowling combination of Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav decimated the home team by taking seven wickets between them.
Kuldeep took three wickets to bring his total for the match up to eight, while Axar was responsible for taking four wickets himself.
The score was 272 for six as Bangladesh resumed their innings, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (9) and Shakin Al Hasan (40) were at the crease for the hosts.
Mehidy blasted Mohammed Siraj through the covers in the first over of the day, while Shakib slog-swept Axar Patel for a six from the opposite end. This was a good start for Bangladesh, and things continued in this favourable direction throughout the rest of the day.
The Indian bowlers were able to finish off the second inning in just 11.2 overs, which resulted in the hosts being bowled out for a score of 324 runs. After Mehidy was unable to swat Siraj while he was on the up, she sliced one to the backward point.
Shakib assaulted the spinners for India and hit a torrent of boundaries before being bowled out by Kuldeep Yadav for 84 runs.
The chinaman got rid of Ebadot Hossain in the following over, and Axar castled Taijul Islam to give India a 1-0 lead in the series. This strengthened India’s prospects of making it to the final of the World Test Championship.
Ahead of this, India struck three more times in the last session of the fourth day of the match, leaving the hosts suffering at 272/6 at the close of the day’s play. In order to win, the hosts need to score 241 more runs, and they only have four wickets left in their possession.
Shakib al Hasan (40 not out) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (9 not out) remained unbeaten for Bangladesh after the completion of the play.
Because of his eight wickets and his important knock of 40 runs in the first inning, Kuldeep Yadav was named the player of the match.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 150 and 324, against. India 404 and 258/2 declared (Shubman Gill 110, Cheteshwar Pujara 102*, Khaled Ahmed 1/51)