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Taijul, Mehidy deny India to take full control

Update : 14 Dec 2022, 18:54

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and off spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz shared five wickets as Bangladesh hit back nicely to leave the day one of the first cricket Test against India evenly poised at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Wednesday.

Taijul had figures of 3-84 while Mehidy claimed 2-71, forcing India to end the opening day on 278-6. Shreyas Iyer was batting on 82 at stumps, bringing up his fifty plus knock in last five Test innings and still kept India's hope to remain alive to take the control of the test.

He and Cheteshwar Pujara gave India the control after a batting collapse in the morning session but Bangladesh put them slightly ahead, with late strikes that saw them taking out well set Pujara for 90 and Axar Patel on 13 in the last delivery of the day.

Before being dismissed, Pujara and Iyer combined for a 149-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

The day could have entirely belonged to Bangladesh had they not put down the chances offered by both Pujara and Iyer at various point.

Taijul rocked Indian batting line up after KL Rahul, who is leading the side in absence of injured Rohit Sharma who opted to bat first.

Rahul and his fellow opener Shubman Gill had a solid start, adding 41-run before Taijul dismissed the latter for 20. Gill's premeditated paddle sweep brought up his downfall as he managed a top-edge which flew to Yasir Ali at leg slip.

Soon after Rahul dragged a modest delivery of pacer Khaled Ahmed (1-26) on to his stump to be bowled for 22.

Taijul struck again and spun one past sharply to have Virat Kohli leg-before for 1 as India lost three wickets for just seven runs. Kohli reviewed the decision in vain.

Rishabh Pant counterattacked and it worked well for India as they bounced back to leave Bangladesh at bay. As Pant played in aggressive fashion, wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan put down a chance offered by Pujara who was on 12.

Mehidy, however, gave Bangladesh some relief, dismissing Pant after he hit six fours and two sixes for his 46 off 45.

But Iyer and Pujara further troubled Bangladesh in a pitch where balls kept low most of the times.

Iyer also had got some luck-he survived on 67 when Ebadot dropped a catch at mid-wicket off Mehidy Hasan delivery. And later Ebadot found some movement to hit one on his stump but to his dismay the bails were not dropped as Iyer on 77.

But Taijul who bowled tirelessly, got the reward, knocking off the stump of Pujara who looked all set for his 19th century.

Mehidy denied India's chance to regain the control again, removing Axar Patel on what was the last delivery of the day.

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