India’s stand-in skipper for the two-match series, KL Rahul, acknowledged that his side had to put in a lot of effort to earn their 188-run victory over Bangladesh in the first Test of the series on Sunday. India won the match by a wide margin.
Indian quickly closed up the match during the morning session on the final day, bowling out the hosts for 324 in 113.2 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Indian only needed four Bangladesh wickets on the final day to boost their lead to 1-0.
This came about after Bangladesh displayed resolute resistance during the morning session of the fourth day of the match on Saturday. Zakir Hasan (100) struck a patient century, and Najmul Hossain Shanto (67) scored a fifty throughout the match.
The test match was intensely contested, and we had to put in a lot of effort in order to prevail. After the match, Rahul, who had just won his maiden Test as captain, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance by saying, “Really delighted we did it.”
“The pitch did become flatter, but it wasn’t a concern for us.” It seemed like the batters were having a good time at the plate. During the first three days, it was difficult to obtain runs.
We had to put in a lot of effort because of the way their (Bangladesh) openers batted. After losing the one-day international series to Bangladesh 1-2, India’s Rahul declared that they wanted to turn things around.
“We’ve been at this location for quite some time. The one-day series did not go how we had hoped for it to proceed. The level of our intensity was quite great. We are aware that no win can top another.”
Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant were singled out by the India captain as particular standouts for their efforts to the team’s victory in the batting department.
“Even in the first inning, our batting performance was solid. Even Pant’s counter-attack was successful thanks to the excellent work done by Shreyas and Puji (Pujara). I am overjoyed for both of them (Gill and Pujara), as they made the most of the occasion.
“I am quite happy with how well we bowled. The bowlers weren’t getting much help from the surface, but they still managed to find something. We were able to get back into the game thanks to Umesh Yadav, who bowled a number of excellent spells.
We have honed our attack over the course of several years. “They are demonstrating the kind of quality that they possess,” Rahul remarked.
The pitch was a batting beauty, according to Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who smashed an aggressive 84 in the second innings. However, Bangladesh was defeated because of a subpar performance with the willow in the first innings.
In their first innings, Bangladesh were only able to score 150 runs in response to India’s total of 404.
We struggled to score runs despite the fact that we were batting on a fairly excellent pitch (in the first innings). Playing after an absence of five or six months was less than ideal, but there is no room for excuses, Shakib added.
“India deserves a lot of credit for the manner their bowlers performed. They bowled in teams, which increased the level of competition. We have to maintain a high level of performance across all five days.
To have any chance of winning, especially against India, we will need to have four innings in which we bat well. When it came to the young man Zakir Hasan, Shakib was effusive in his praise.
“We picked him (Zakir) because he has been scoring a lot of runs in domestic runs, and he has been scoring a lot of runs. I’m really excited to see how many more centuries he can achieve for Bangladesh.
The flattening out of the pitch made it difficult for wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav to pick up wickets in India’s second innings. Yadav, who won the man-of-the-match award for his career-best match figures of 8 for 113 in addition to a dogged 40 in India’s first innings, stated that it was not easy to pick up wickets in India’s second innings.