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India ride on Mayank Agarwal’s 243 to bully Bangladesh on Day 2

At stumps on Day 2, India have a lead of 343 runs. Mayank Agarwal's 243 was the defining feature of the day. Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja gave him able company as Bangladesh suffered a bad day on the field despite a positive start.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 15, 2019 5:24:22 pm
Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane added 190 runs for the fourth wicket for India on Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and Bangladesh in Indore on Friday (AP Photo)

India opener Mayank Agarwal struck his second Test double hundred – he had scored 215 in the last series, vs South Africa – as India built a huge first innings lead on Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and Bangladesh in Indore on Friday. Carrying on from an overnight score of 87/1, India put up more than 400 runs for only the third time in their Test history to finish Day 2 at 493/6.

Ravindra Jadeja (60 off 76 balls) and Umesh Yadav (25 off 10 balls) will resume the India innings on Day 3. The hosts have a huge lead of 343 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were dismissed early on Day 2, but Ajinkya Rahane gave Agarwal able company throughout the day, as the two added 190 runs for the fourth wicket, taking the score beyond 300.

But it was Agarwal who managed to overshadow a batting line-up that has Rohit Sharma (6), Cheteshwar Pujara (54 off 72 balls), skipper Virat Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (86 off 172 balls) in its ranks.

India stepped on the gas in the third session. Agarwal (243) and Wriddhiman Saha (12) perished in attempts to go for big shots. Umesh Yadav was promoted up the order for the cause and he delivered by hitting three sixes in his short stay.

A whirlwind partnership of 123 in 23.5 overs with Ravindra Jadeja (60 batting) for the fifth wicket only added insult to injury for Bangladesh.

On a pitch, where someone with express pace and variation was needed, the visitors fielded two specialist spinners in left-arm orthodox Taijul Islam (0/120 in 28 overs) and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj (1/115 in 27 overs).

The spin duo was like lambs for slaughter as Agarwal went after them with all his might. All the eight sixes that he hit came off the two spinners. This apart, he also hit 28 boundaries during his career-best international score.

Abu Jayed (4/108 in 25 overs) was the only bowler, who showed some heart getting the wickets of Pujara, Kohli and Rahane but his new ball Ebadot Hossain (1/115 in 31 overs) neither had pace nor the variation to trouble the Indian batsmen.

(With PTI inputs)

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