India crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in the 1st test of the 2-match series.
Mayank Sharma and the trio of Indian pacers were all over Bangladesh. It was the 4th consecutive win for the Indian team led by Virat Kohli. They defeated Bangladesh at Indore by a massive margin – an innings and 130 runs.
This win against Bangladesh was India’s 10th innings win under Virat Kohli.
Most innings wins for an Indian captain:
10 Virat Kohli
9 MS Dhoni
8 Mohd Azharuddin
7 Sourav Ganguly
Mayank Sharma was brilliant for the hosts. His 243 run in the first innings gave India a huge lead. Mohammed Shami was also very impressive with the ball. He took a total of 7 wickets in Bangladesh’s two innings.
The Indian pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav took a total of 14 wickets in the two innings. All of them had an outstanding test match.
Ishant Sharma said after the massive win: “I am not treated as a senior, we don’t have anything like that. We always enjoy each other’s success, speak with each other and try and share our plans. It’s difficult to explain (his bowling renaissance), I have played quite a lot, I’m 31 (laughs), the bowling is taking a toll on my body, but I’m enjoying it, trying out different variations. Shami has played with the pink ball, need to ask him for a few tips (a few jokes around).”
Mohammed Shami said after his brilliant haul of 7 wickets in the match: “The more we get tired, the better fun we have. We push each other. We try to enjoy each other’s success. There are certain things I cannot even say. Given his (Umesh) power, all the boundaries in India are smaller. We don’t have restrictions as batters. The team management has given us freedom. We try to bat sensibly though when there is a batter at the other end. I have been empowered by the skipper and the coach. I bowl alongside Ishant and Umesh as well. That makes it easier for me. I focus on my length and have been able to execute it well.”
Umesh Yadav said: “I learnt from my father in my childhood to be strong. He made me run a lot. I try to maintain the strength. Earlier, the new ball was for pacers. But now we know our strengths. We try to take wickets with the ball and make it easier for spinners. My batting coach and skipper tell me to enjoy my batting. Kohli told me to bat quickly in the last Test against SA. I try to deliver whatever is expected of me.”
India have now taken an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the 2 test match series. The final test will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from 22nd November. It will be the first day-night test match on Indian soil.
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