India beat Bangladesh by 188 runs, take 1-0 lead in two match test seriestext_fields
Chattogram: Taking a 1-0 lead in the two match series, India on Sunday beat Bangladesh by 188 runsin the first test held at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
India's victory was marked by Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Mohammed Siraj taking the remaining four wickets with 50 minutes after the 5th day of match begun on Sunday.
With this win KL Rahul gets his first win as a Test Captain. Though Bangladesh fought hard to delay the inevitable, thanks to their skipper Shakib Al Hasan's 84, others didn't last long as they were bowled out for 324 in 113.2 overs.
For India, left-arm spinner Axar took four wickets in the fourth innings, while Kuldeep picked three scalps, followed by Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravichandran Ashwin taking a wicket each.
The win also boosts India's prospect of reaching into the second successive World Test Championship final, going past Sri Lanka to be third in the table with 55.77 points percentage.
There were multiple heroes for India in the 188-run win, starting from fifties by Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer and Ashwin, along with Kuldeep's 40 taking the first innings total to 404 after being 48/3 at one point.
Siraj burst through Bangladesh top-order in the first innings, while Kuldeep took a five-for to bowl them out for 150. With a massive 254-run lead, India chose not to follow-on and batted again, with Pujara and Shubman Gill notching up respective centuries to give Bangladesh a target of 513.
Chasing a mammoth total, Bangladesh's openers had a 124-run stand with debutant Zakir Hasan registering his maiden Test century. But India's bowlers, who had to toil hard on a slow-turning track which had some turn and bounce, fought back post lunch on day four to seal the victory.
Bangladesh and India will now play the second and final Test of the series from December 22-26 at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, in Mirpur, Dhaka.