Hyderabad: After a thrilling T20 series win under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, the Indian team faced off against the Bangla tigers in the longest format of the game. The first of the two tests began at Indore as Bangladesh looked to shock India by handing them a test defeat for the very first time.
Winning the toss, the newly elected Bangla Test Captain, Mominul Haque decided to bat first on a bright sunny day. Openers Imrul Kayes and Shadman Islam walked out to bat as the Indian pace attack looked to rattle them upfront by early breakthroughs.
It took only five overs for the Indian pacer Ishant Sharma produced the first breakthrough in the form of Imrul Kayes who knicked it behind to Wriddhiman Saha.
The Bangla tigers were soon reduced to 31/3 as their batsmen were sent back to the pavilion in no time. Skipper Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim took control of the Bangla innings and took the score to 63/3 by lunch.
They had a good partnership of 68 runs as Mominul was cleaned up on his debut as captain by Ravi Ashwin. He soon cleaned up Mahmudullah, which was also Ashwin’s 250th wicket playing at home.
Mohammed Shami soon cleaned up Rahim and the tail-enders along with Umesh Yadav as Bangladeshi batsmen failed to show lack of resilience by scoring only 150 in their first innings. The Indian Pacers shared seven wickets amongst themselves with Shami being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/27.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal then walked out to bat as India looked to score as many runs as possible before walking into Day-2. In that process, Rohit knicked one behind the stumps to Liton Das and Abu Jayed as Cheteshwar Pujara walked in and started scoring at a quick pace.
By the end of Day-1, India was well placed at 86/1 with Cheteshwar playing at 43* and Mayank Agarwal playing at 37*.