Majestic Kohli puts India on top
Incidentally, India achieved the distinction of being the only nation to have mustered 600 plus runs in an innings in three successive Tests. Replying to India’s imposing 687 for 6 declared, the visiting outfit went to stumps at 41 for the loss of Soumya Sarkar\'s wicket.
Hyderabad: It was an out and out Team India show with skipper Virat Kohli not only leading from the front but actually rewriting a record standing in the name of Sir Donald Bradman Rajul Dravid. On a day when no Indian batsman could do any wrong, India piled on the agony of the hapless Bangladesh bowlers, who had no clue as to what hit them on the second day of the one-ff Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (RGICS) here on Friday.
Incidentally, India achieved the distinction of being the only nation to have mustered 600 plus runs in an innings in three successive Tests. Replying to India’s imposing 687 for 6 declared, the visiting outfit went to stumps at 41 for the loss of Soumya Sarkar's wicket. Ironically, while three Indians helped themselves to three-figure marks, four Bangladesh bowlers conceded over 100 runs each on what was a torturous day for them.
Kohli, continued from where he left on Thursday while walloping the bowlers all round the wicket to the sheer joy of the boisterous crowd, mostly comprising of school-going children. Kohli’s superlative knock of 204 took him past Bradman and Dravid, the only two in the game’;s history to have notched up a double century in three successive series. Kohli has made it four. This follows the knocks against West Indies (200), New Zealand (211) and England (235).
Kohli’s gamble of bringing back Ajinkya Rahane paid-off as he showed no signs of either the injury or having been in loss of form. He missed out on a century but did enough to prove his worth to the team cause. He and Kohli added 222 runs for the fourth wicket to consolidate the innings. Wriddhiman Saha also justified his caliber and getting the nod ahead of Parthiv Patel with his unbeaten 106 from 155 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja whipped in with an unbeaten 60 after Ravichandran Ashwin was out with his individual at 34. The visiting team had a disastrous start when Umesh Yadav scalped Soumya Sarkar after Indian availed of DRS. Tamim Iqbal has been in good nick during his unbeaten 24.
Brief scores: India 587 for six declared (Murali Vijay 108, C Pujara 83, Virat Kohli 204, Ajinkya Rahane 82. Wriddhiman Saha 106 not out, Ravindra Jadeja 60 not out) vs Bangladesh 41 for one wicket.