Ashwin, Bhajji impress as weather rescues Bangladesh
Ravichandran Ashwin cast his web with a five-wicket haul and was duly complemented by Harbhajan Singh before India settled for a draw against an edgy Bangladesh in the rain-marred one-off cricket Test which was interrupted by downpours on all five days.
With more than 250 overs lost during the entire duration of the match, the visitors would feel unlucky that they didn’t even get three full days of cricket which could have decisively tilted the match in their favour.
Virat Kohli’s boys were superior in all departments and would certainly have a psychological advantage going into the three-match ODI series
In reply to India’s <g data-gr-id="38">first innings</g> score of 462 for six, Bangladesh, resuming at 111 for three after the opening session was washed out, faced the ignominy of being shot out for 256 in 65.5 overs -- seven runs short of the follow-on.
While Ashwin, with 5/87 from 25 overs, bamboozled the Bangladeshi batsmen with vicious turn and bounce, Harbhajan (3/64 in 17.5 overs) also justified his inclusion in the side bowling well in patches to become the ninth highest Test wicket-taker in the history of the game, surpassing Pakistan legend
In fact, Kohli probably wanted to drive home a point by asking Bangladesh to follow-on in what was an inconsequential final hour of play on the fifth day where only two sessions were possible due to overnight rain.
When play was finally called off, Bangladesh <g data-gr-id="30">were</g> 23 for no loss in the 15 overs that were bowled in their second innings.
For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes (72) has been the top-scorer but it was young debutant Litton Kumar Das, who played a lovely cameo hitting a quickfire 44 off 45 balls with eight fours and a six before being gobbled by Rohit Sharma at backward short leg off Ashwin. Another youngster Soumya Sarkar (37) also showed his attacking prowess but could not convert his start. The two sessions on the day were dominated by Ashwin as he first got Shakib al Hasan (9) when the left-hander tried to cut a delivery which bounced a shade extra and Wriddhiman Saha took a smart catch behind the stumps.
Left-handed Soumya came in and counter-attacked the Indian spin duo as runs came at a fair clip. Soumya for good measure pulled Ashwin for a boundary and followed it with a lofted drive over mid-on. Left-hander Imrul Kayes was also hitting the occasional boundary as the scoreboard kept ticking during their 51-run stand for the fifth wicket. Harbhajan bowled the occasional good delivery but was guilty of bowling a boundary ball in each over early on in his spell when he was trying to settle down.
Bangladesh 1st innings: T Iqbal st Saha b Ashwin 19, Imrul Kayes st Saha b Harbhajan 72, <g data-gr-id="201">Mominul</g> Haque c Yadav b Harbhajan 30, M Rahim c RG Sharma b Ashwin 2, Shakib Al Hasan c Saha b Ashwin 9, S Sarkar b Aaron 37, L Das c Rohit b Ashwin 38, S Hom c Rohit b Ashwin 9, <g data-gr-id="202">Taijul</g> Islam not out 16 M Shahid c Dhawan b Harbhajan 6 J Hossain run out 0