Toss and Team News
Day 1 of the India vs Bangladesh one-off test at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium began with India winning the toss and opting to bat.India played experienced Rahane in-place of triple centurion Karun Nair and the young all-rounder Jayant Yadav was replaced by pacer Ishant Sharma. Wriddhiman Saha also marked a comeback in the team after injury. Bangladesh also played a strong XI with Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Mehndi Hassan making the cut.
Rahul Falls Early
With no Shikhar Dhawan in the squad, Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay opened the Indian innings. A big score was due from both the batsmen and was expected that they will make most out of the Bangladeshi attack. But as has been the pattern of Indian batting, Rahul fell early to Taskin Ahmed.
But the monk, Vijay, and Pujara kept the innings up and running and soon India recovered from early fall of Rahul. Both batsmen looked comfortable at the crease and century for both the players was on the cards. But Pujara fell short of a well made hundred, edging one behind to Mushfiqur Rahim from Mehndi Hassan.
Kohli takes Charge
Vijay was joined by an in-form Virat Kohli who scored a four of his first ball. Vijay was at his elegant best, with leaving, defending and driving at ease. Soon he reached a magnificient hundred. Vijay got out on 108 leaving India at 234-3. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli looked to solidify the Indian innings and add as many as they could before they break into the tail.
Kohli was on the front foot scoring 111* from 141 with 12 fours at a strike rate of 78.7. Rahane too looked good and scored an unbeaten 45* at the end of day’s play. The duo has now added 122 and will look to add more tomorrow morning.
Bangladeshi bowling looked weak and spread all over the place. Taijul Islam was the pick of the bowlers, who took 1 for 50 in his 20 overs. Blunders in fielding and review making hurt them badly today. They would hope to better their performance to run through the Indian side early tomorrow and prevent a big score on the board.
Whereas the pair of Kohli and Rahane will play calmly with all the time in the world and score as many as they can to give India the upper hand at the end of Day 2.
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