Ishant-Led Pace Battery Wreaks Havoc

The Hindu|November 23, 2019

Ishant-Led Pace Battery Wreaks Havoc
Bangladesh skittled out for 106; Kohli and Pujara consolidate
Y.B. Sarangi

The Indians enjoyed the challenge of the pink ball, adapted effortlessly and put up an emphatic performance in their day-night Test debut.

Asked to bowl on a dry track, India’s world-class pace battery bundled out Bangladesh for 106 in less than three hours. Then, aided by disciplined half-centuries from captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the host scored 174 for three at close on the opening day at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.

Wriddhiman Saha’s words about the Indian speedsters prior to the Test turned out to be prophetic. They grew in confidence after about halfan-hour and wreaked havoc on Bangladesh in front of their Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Lovely rhythm

Ishant found his rhythm, chose the right areas and extracted fine movement off the surface to be the first from the country to take a pink five-for — his first at home in 12 years.

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