Bang vs Ind 1st TEST: Taijul Islam’s outrageous spin to dismiss Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was trapped in front of the wicket as the ball hit his pads, leaving the India cricket team with three wickets down before Lunch.
India cricket team is touring the Bangladesh cricket team for a three-game ODI and Test series apiece. The hosts won the ODIs 2-1 and they are onto the red-ball battle now.
Virat Kohli scored his 71st international ton in the last Asian Cup against Afghanistan when KL Rahul was brought in as the stand-in captain with Rohit Sharma injured.
Virat Kohli then went on to claim his 72nd ton against the Bangladesh cricket team in the third ODI of the last series, again with Rahul in charge.
With an odd charm attached to Rahul’s captaincy, the fans were backing the Chase Master to bring up another century, but this time he couldn’t get past a single digit.
Taijul Islam has been instrumental to the Bangladesh cricket team’s success at home, with his sharp turn as a left-arm orthodox bowler. He left Virat Kohli bamboozled as the bowl turned sharp to hit his left pad.
The Indian star took a review only for it to be taken down as the ball pitched in line and hit both leg and middle stump.
Virat Kohli has been under criticism by several Indian critics for not scoring centuries in a flurry, the way he did a couple of years back.
The Indian great has, however, been ramping up big runs for the side despite not registering big centuries in red-ball cricket for a while.
Even in ODIs, he has jumped to the eighth rank in the ICC rankings, which is the highest rank for any current Indian batter.
Bang vs Ind 1st Test: Rishabh Pant plays an important cameo
India cricket team was unfortunate to lose Virat Kohli this early as Shakib al Hasan’s unit has a knack for getting the opposition dismissed for small totals when they play at home.
After losing Rahul for 22, Gill for 20, Virat Kohli for 1, and Rishabh Pant for 46, Shreyas Iyer and Cheteshwar Pujara provided much-needed stability to the team.
Till Tea, the India cricket team scored 174 with the loss of four wickets. Rishabh Pant came in and batted the way he bats. He smacked 46 off just 45 balls, including two sixes and 4 fours. With this knock, he also brought up 4,000 runs in international cricket.
He was Mehidy Hasan’s victim as he got his stumps rattled on the very next ball he hit for a big six. Rishabh Pant has been monumental to the India cricket team’s success and has been a regular member of the red-ball squad simply for playing aggressively and ramping up quick runs in a short period.
His quick burst of runs often pushes the opposition to the backfoot and think defensively. This then allows other batters in the India cricket team to play freely and pile up on Rishabh Pant’s knock.
The same happened today after his dismissal. Jolted by his cameo, the Bangladesh cricket team was unable to contain Iyer and Pujara as the duo piled on more runs after the Lunch session.
Bang vs Ind 1st Test: How can Bangladesh cricket team propel from here
The Iyer-Pujara stand is probably the strongest duo in the India cricket team’s line-up considering their forms. Pujara is coming off a fantastic County season whereas Iyer has had the year of his life in ODIs.
If the hosts can get either Hasan or Taijul Islam to break the partnership, the bowling all-rounders will begin coming in and they will be easier for the Bangladesh cricket team to deal with.
The Bangladesh cricket team skipper hasn’t had any luck with the ball despite bowling in the right channels, He has, however, bowled only five years so far.