India gain moral victory on last day of Test
India 462-6 (Dhawan 173)
Bangladesh 256 & 23-0 (Tamim 16 no)
Second Test, Fatullah, day five
Ravichandran Ashwin took his tenth five wicket haul in Test matches as India managed to enforce a follow-on to gain a moral victory against Bangladesh in a rain-affected drawn game at the end of day five in Fatullah.
Bangladesh resumed the day on 111 for three after 30.1 overs. The first session of day five was lost owing to the rain.
India though came out attacking though. Ashwin (5-87), who was on target from the first ball got the early breakthrough.
Shakib Al Hasan (9) who was looking restless during his brief tenure at the crease edged one to the keeper cutting a ball that was not quite short or wide.
Imrul Kayes (72) and Soumya Sarkar (37) added 51 for the fifth wicket. Sarkar in particular lived dangerously playing attacking shots and surviving some close calls.
He managed seven fours in his knock. However, the flow was ebbed when Harbhajan Singh (3-64) lured Kayes into utter misjudgement dancing down the track and missing a ball that spun big. Wriddhiman Saha took care of the stumping.
The next over, Varun Aaron (1-27) got Sarkar chopping one on to his stumps. Bangladesh descended to 176 for six, still requiring 87 runs to avoid the follow-on.
A big chunk of those runs came from the bat of Bangladesh’s debutant wicket-keeper Litton Das (44) who added 43 in just nine overs with Shuvagata Hom (9).
Litton’s 45-ball knock had eight fours and a six, some of them quite impressive and assured.
He attacked Ashwin with a six and four in the 54th over to disrupt the latter’s rhythm.
Umesh Yadav (0-45) brought back into the attack went for couple of fours as well and so did Ashwin in the next over.
However, Hom fell on the stroke of tea, inside-edging one on to his pads to lob up a catch to leg-slip.
Bangladesh resumed in the post-tea session at 219 for seven. A few overs into the session, Ashwin bagged his tenth five-for in Ttests, getting Litton with a big off-spinner that turned and bounced getting the inside edge onto the pads, with Rohit Sharma taking a one-handed catch at leg-slip.
Harbhajan got his third of the innings as Mohammad Shahid (6) played a reckless shot charging down the track, mistiming a slog to mid-on, with Bangladesh just 17 away from avoiding the follow-on.
The same over, Jubair Hossain (0) was run-out attempting a tight second run. Bangladesh were all out for 256, trailing by 206 runs. India enforced the follow-on as the light diminished further.
Bangladesh openers treaded more solidly in their second innings. They safely negotiated 15 overs ending day five on 23 for no loss when the captains eventually called off the game.
That concluded the one game Test series with weather playing spoilsport for most part of it.
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