The Indian bowlers did not waste much time on the morning of day five as they wrapped up the test match by picking up the remaining four Bangladeshi wickets. Axar Patel took four wickets while Kuldeep Yadav claimed three as India needed less than an hour on the final day to go 1-0 up in the series.
Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan, the two overnight batsmen for the home side, came out with a clear plan to launch a counterattack early in the day. Mehidy struck a boundary off Mohammad Siraj but soon perished, driving straight to backward point.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan did not back down as he tried to take the attack to the Indian bowlers. He targetted the left-arm spinner and India’s best bowler in the Test, Axar Patel, and scored a flurry of boundaries.
But it did not worry the Indian bowlers much as they had a lot of runs to play with and Shakib was running out of partners at the other end. He was eventually dismissed for 84 off Kuldeep’s bowling, getting bowled while trying a sweep shot.
The final two Bangladesh wickets fell in quick succession as Ebadot found the fielder at short leg, while Taijul lost his stumps to Axar Patel. It was Kuldeep’s best match figure of his career as he finished with 8/113.
India won the test match by 188 runs and have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. On his return to the test side, Kuldeep Yadav was adjudged the Man of the Match for his impressive bowling display.
The test win also boosts India’s chances of making it to the World Test Championship final as they move into 2nd place behind Australia. The 2nd and final test will start on the 22nd of December in Mirpur.
IND vs BAN Test Match Result Summary:
Bangladesh: 150/10 (55.5)&324/10 (113.2)
India: 404/10 (133.5)&258/2d (61.4)