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Kohli feasts with records, Mushfiqur saves the day for Bangladesh at Eden

Bangladesh’s second innings started with nightmare losing Shadman and Mominul at zero and two respectively.



Kohli feasts with records, Mushfiqur saves the day for Bangladesh at Eden
Virat Kohli hits 27th Test hundred. Photo: BCCI

On marking the first ever pink ball Test of India, Kolkata arranged a grand spectacle; and as soon as the match actions took into the Eden Gardens, Bangladesh seem to fall into an era of troubles. Hapless batting display in both innings of the ongoing Test went downhill with one after another batsman fall against the aggression of Indian pacers.

The first day of the match saw the initiation of application of two concussion substitutes. Both Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan were hit in the helmet and forced to leave the field. Veteran campaigner Mahmudullah Riyad suffered a hamstring injury in the following day and went out of action.

Amidst those chaos, Mushfiqur Rahim showed some density in the middle, stood out with an unbeaten half century thus saved Bangladesh from the calamity of losing all the wickets in the second day.

The home team declared their first at 347/9; the green tinged top of Eden surely provided some assistance as the visiting pacers also clawed back into the opponent batting order.

Al-Amin Hossain and Ebadot Hossain bagged three wickets each leaving India reeling before 90 overs. Eventually the declaration came with a 241 runs lead against Bangladesh’s paltry first innings of 106.

It was the Indian skipper Virat Kohli once again stole the pinklight headlining with his 27th Test hundred. Records tumbled down at Eden as Kohli proceeded to his hundred.

His stroke-filled innings came from just 194 balls and comprised of 18 glorious hits to the fence. He became the fastest batsman in history to reach 5,000 Test runs breaking the previous record of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

He also became the sixth captain overall in Test history to complete 5,000 runs.

Kohli also registered his 41st international century as Indian skipper. He became the fastest cricketer in the world (439 innings) to reach 70 international centuries and only the third batsman overall to achieve the milestone after Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

However, Bangladesh’s second innings started with a nightmare losing opener Shadman Islam and one down batsman Mominul Haque at the score of zero and two respectively.

The after shake continued until falling of further two wickets. The highlight of the second innings of Bangladesh so far is a resilient 59 not out from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad’s second best 39 before he retired hurt.

Bangladesh will start the third day at the score of 152 for 6.

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