Virat scores 27th test ton as Bangladesh show signs of a fightback

Hyderabad: The Day-2 of the pink ball test continued as the Indian duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli started the day’s play at the overnight score of 174/3 with Virat on 59 and Rahane on 23.

Virat continued his fine form as he middled the bad deliveries to the fence along with Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane then brought up his fifty but soon fell to Taijul Islam at 51.

Virat Kohli then brought up his 27th test hundred as he became the first Indian Batsman to score a hundred in a Day-night Test. He also equalled Ricky Ponting on the most no of Hundreds scored by a Captain in International cricket (41).

The Bangla bowlers then started attacking the Indian Batsmen as Jadeja was clean bowled by Abu Jayed. Virat soon flicked one to the fine-leg off Ebadot as Taijul Islam jumped towards his back as he caught a stunner to dismiss Virat Kohli at 136.

The Indian tail couldn’t last long as little cameos from everyone including a six from Shami took India to 347/9 as Virat decided to declare the innings with a first-innings lead of 241.

The Bangla openers walked in to bat as India’s first innings hero, Ishant Sharma struck in the first over as he trapped Shadman Islam leg before for a duck. Skipper Mominul Haque bagged a pair as he knicked one to Saha behind the stumps off Ishant.

Umesh soon gave the third breakthrough as Mithun hit one straight to Mohammed Shami. Bangladesh’s T20 skipper Mahmudullah walked in to bat as he and Mushfiqur Rahim took control of the Bangladesh innings as they kept the scoreboard ticking. Although Mahmudullah soon went off the field with a hamstring injury.

Mehidy Hassan then walked into bat as Mushfiqur Rahim continued his fine form to bring up his 21st half-century in tests. Ishant then sent Mehidy back to the pavilion as he knicked one to Virat in the slips as he picked 4th wicket of the innings and 9th in the test.

Mushfiqur Rahim continued taking the Bangla innings forward as he was lucky on two occasions as he used the DRS to save himself.

Umesh’s bouncer then sent Taijul back to the pavilion as Bangladesh finished the Day-2 at 152/6 as they still trail by 89 runs.

Anurag Mallick

Anurag Mallick

Anurag Mallick is a Mass communication Graduate from Loyola Academy and is a sports enthusiast.

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