A quick finish was expected and a quick finish it is! India have taken less than 10 overs to bundle out Bangladesh and taking the series 2-0! Also, notably all the wickets in this Test match were taken by their pacers which in itself is amazing and shows the strength of their pace battery.
The historic and the maiden Day-Night Test took a little over two days to fetch us a result. As has been the case, it was a no match. Bangladesh were overwhelmed on the first day of the pink ball Test. They were shot down for just 106 and from thereon it was only catch up for them. The Indian batting didn't waste much time in adjusting to the alien conditions and powered by Virat Kohli's century, they amassed a big first inning's lead.
The story of Bangladesh's batting didn't change second time around as well and apart from Mushfiqur Rahim no one showed the stomach for a fight. Ishant Sharma was the standout performer with the ball and finished with a 9-wicket haul in this Test while Umesh Yadav wasn't too far behind with 8 wickets.
Fueled by the aggression of Sourav Ganguly and nurtured by the calmness of MS Dhoni, this Indian team has turned into a beast and Virat Kohli is not only the beneficiary but also the worthy leader of a unit playing a fiery brand of cricket. Over the years, India have produced many batting greats but were always short on quality in their bowling attack.
There was a time they used to hunt for bowlers in domestic cricket who can bowl at a decent pace but time has changed and the last five years have seen the emergence of bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. The resurgence of Ishant Sharma and the recent improvement shown by Umesh Yadav has further bolstered their bowling and the kind of impact they have started to make has made them one of the deadliest attacks in world cricket.
Bangladesh are yet to develop as a Test team, especially away from home. They have been abysmal over the years whenever touring and have always underperformed. For argument sake, one can point towards the absence of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan but the stats never lie and it tells that Bangladesh have been the same with them or without them in this format. Yes, they fight slightly better but that doesn't materialize into victory.
Kohli is the first Indian captain to complete 5000 Test runs as a captain. However, he has become the sixth captain to reach this milestone in world cricket. On the first day of the match, on Friday, India leads Bangladesh to 106 runs. Ishant Sharma took a maximum of 5 wickets from India. Mohammed Shami 2 and Umesh Yadav managed to take two wickets.
Bangladesh thus became the first team to land two 'CONCUSSION SUBSTITUTES' in a Test match, although off-spinner Mehdi would not be allowed to bowl under the 'CONCUSSION SUBSTITUTES' rule. Mehndi, however, became the victim of fast bowler Ishant Sharma by adding just eight runs.
India (UNCHANGED PLAYING XI) - Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.
Bangladesh (PLAYING XI) - Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque(C), Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das(WK), Nayeem Hasan (IN PLACE OF MEHIDY HASAN), Abu Jayed, Al-Amin Hossain (IN PLACE OF TAIJUL ISLAM), Ebadot Hossain.