Hyderabad: A new chapter began in the history of Indian Cricket as India played their first Day-night Test match against Bangladesh at the Mecca of Indian cricket known as The Eden Gardens at Kolkata on Friday.
The BCCI left no stones unturned for the historic occasion as the City of Joy went pink for the pink ball test. BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly made sure that introducing Day-night Test Cricket would pull the crowd to the stadiums as to keep the oldest format alive.
With a special silver toss coin marking India’s Pink ball Debut, Virat Kohli and Mominul Haque came in for the toss as Virat tossed the coin. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat as the wicket looked dry and suitable for batting.
The Indian Pacers had other plans in their mind as they steamed in with all the pace as the pink ball swung places. It was not too late as Ishant Sharma produced the first breakthrough by trapping Imrul Kayes leg before in the 5th over of the innings.
Umesh Yadav sent skipper Mominul Haque back to the pavilion with Rohit Sharma plucking a one-handed screamer at the slips.
What followed next was lethal fast bowling and equally poor batting display from the Bangla Tigers. Mohammed Shami steamed in fiery bouncers as he rattled two Bangla Batsmen, Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan to concussions. With two concussion substitutes, Bangladesh was bowled out for a mere 106 within 30 overs as Ishant Sharma picked five wickets. It was Ishant’s 10th 5-wicket haul in tests and only the second at home after a gap of 12 years.
The Indian Openers Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma then walked out to bat as the Bangla bowlers looked for redemption.
India was off to a decent start as Al-Amin Hossain sent Mayank Agarwal packing as Mehedy Hassan caught him. Abu Jayed then created a chance for Bangladesh as Rohit attempted a pull shot which went up towards Al-Amin as he dropped the catch. He couldn’t cause much damage as Ebadot Hossain trapped him leg before after tea.
Skipper Virat Kohli walked out to bat as he started with a boundary. The duo of Virat and Pujara then started to build a partnership as Virat brought up 5000 runs as the Test Captain. He was the fastest to achieve this feat in 86 innings, 11 less than Ricky Ponting who scored 5000 runs in 97 innings.
Pujara then brought up his 24th fifty in tests and 15000 First-class runs as he fell for 55 to Ebadot Hossain’s bouncer at the slips.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane walked in to bat as Virat Kohli brought up his 23rd fifty in tests off 76 balls.
India ended the day at 174/3 with a first-innings lead of 68 with Virat Kohli at 59* and Ajinkya Rahane at 23*
To make this historic occasion even more special, BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly invited the teams that played the first-ever India-Bangladesh test in 2000.
He also invited the players from the iconic 2001 Ind-Aus test series where India achieved their greatest ever test victory at the Eden Gardens.
Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar came together to relive India’s greatest test win.
Indian legends Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Dilip Vengsarkar, Farookh Engineer, Gundappa Vishwanath, Kapil Dev, Mohd Azharuddin, Krishnamachari Srikanth and Women cricketers Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj had a lap of honour at the Eden Gardens in the Tea break.