INDvBAN, Only Test: India’s bowlers wrap up 208-run win

Virat Kohli, Murli Vijay

India secured a comprehensive 208-run win to claim the one-off Test in Hyderabad, as they dismissed Bangladesh for 250 just before tea, extending their undefeated streak to 19 Test matches.

Chasing an improbable 459 for victory, tourists’ major source of resistance came via a stubborn 56-run stand between Mahmudullah (64), who shrugged off poor form to register his 13th Test half-century, and Mushfiqur (23). They both showed sound judgement outside the off stump to seamers but took on the spin bowlers once they came on.

Ashwin and Jadeja took 8 wickets between them to lead India to a fifth successive Test win and stretch India’s unbeaten streak at home to  20 matches, equalling one record set between 1977 and 1980.

Ashwin, who had become the fastest man to claim 250 Test wickets, completed the formalities by dismissing the No. 11 Taskin Ahmad in a rather bizarre fashion. He was given out LBW after dramatic forensic review to resume India’s jubilations.

Ashwin also claimed the key wicket of the first innings centurion, Mushfiqur Rahim (23), to dash Bangladesh’s hopes of saving the match.

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Bangladesh were forced on the backfoot right from the start of the Test match as India posted a mammoth 687-6 dec. in their first innings after opting to bat. India skipper Virat Kohli scored another scintillating double ton, surpassing legends like Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid by becoming the first players to score double centuries in four consecutive series.

India is now set to host Australia in a four-match Test series starting from Pune on February 23.

Most consecutive Tests without defeat for an Indian skipper:

19 Virat Kohli *
18 S Gavaskar
17 Kapil Dev
14 M Azharuddin

Most consecutive Tests without defeat for INDIA at home:

20 Dec 2012 – present *
20 Jan 1977 – Jan 1980
16 Jan 1960 – Feb 1964

INDvBAN, Only Test: Match Result:

India 687 for 6 dec. (Kohli 204, Vijay 108, Saha 106*, Taijul 3-156) and 159 for 4 dec. (Pujara 54*) beat Bangladesh 388 (Mushfiqur 127, Umesh 3-84) and 250 (Mahmudullah 64, Ashwin 4-73, Jadeja 4-78) by 208 runs

Captains’ Comments:

“It was a good wicket to bat on, a good toss to win. Putting up massive runs on the board in the first innings always helps. The plan was to get into good habits like we did in the past season as well and more importantly we have a big series coming up as well. The bowlers got back into their groove before an important series and all in all a good performance.  The track didn’t offer much and the bowlers found ways to get batsmen out and this was no different. If you have two world class spinners in your side, you can tell the fast bowlers to come and attack. The partnership between the spinners and the pacers is very heartening to watch. This game has been a revelation for us.” Virat Kohli — captian India team.

“I thought in the past as well we have created plenty of opportunities but we never held on from there which cost us. Had we restricted them to 500 or 600 it would have been different. They would have needed another session for the extra 100 runs that they scored. It was quite tough out there, their bowlers have a lot of variety not just with the spin but also with their pacers. They can move it both ways with the new ball as well as well as the old ball. It was a good learning performance against the number one side in the world and hopefully we would improve from here. But in the entire side the belief is there that if we can compete for over five days we can compete with the big boys. Unfortunately we couldn’t do it here but hopefully in the future we would be able to do it.” Mushfiqur Rahim — captain Bangladesh team.

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