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Kohli ton, Ishant strikes put India in command

by   •  Last updated on 2020-04-13 15:55:56

It's early days in day-night Test cricket in India but there are clear indications that the second session is not easy to bat through. Five wickets fell yesterday while as many as seven fell today, including that of Virat Kohli for 136. But despite a collapse, India were sitting pretty just wickets away from victory at Tea.

Putting them in that position of comfort was skipper Kohli who cruised to his 27th Test ton, and then later Ishant Sharma who snapped up two early wickets.

But before that flurry of wickets, and when batting was seemingly much easier earlier in the day, Kohli and Rahane were engaged in a mini-battle of their own to produce the most gorgeous shot of the morning. You could pick from Kohli's cover-drive, or his controlled flick through midwicket or Rahane's straight punch or his one-kneed drive - all of which came within the first hour of play further highlighting Bangladesh's insipidness.

Kohli, who moved from 59 to 130* first session, highlighted India's domination with four back-to-back boundaries off Abu Jayed at one point. His overnight partner meanwhile got his seventh fifty in the World Test Championship. Their 99-run stand had been amply helped by Bangladesh's charitable lengths.

Taijul Islam's left-arm spin proved to be the undoing of Rahane who fell for 51 to a miscued cut shot but India were already sitting on top of a healthy lead.

Bangladesh struck back in the second session with the pacers coming into their own in the twilight period, armed with the second new ball. While Kohli fell to a fantastic catch at deep backward square leg, the rest of India's wickets came about due to the movement that the pacers found. Ravindra Jadeja was bowled shouldering arms to Abu Jayed, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma were trapped LBW by incoming deliveries from Al-Amin Hossain.

But with the lead having swelled to 241, and with the clear advantage that bowling held in the second session, India declared early. And Ishant continued from where he left off in the first innings, swerving the ball away from the left-handers from round the wicket and accounting for both Shadman Islam and Mominul Haque, leaving Bangladesh in dire straits.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 106 (Shadman Islam 29; Ishant Sharma 5-22) and 7/2 trail India 347/9 decl. (Virat Kohli 136, Cheteshwar Pujara 55, Ajinkya Rahane 51; Al-Amin Hossain 3-91, Ebadat Hossain 3-91) by 234 runs.