That’s when Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque got together to keep the Indians at bay, the tall opener solid in defence but excellent with his drives between point and cover and the little No. 3 largely in dead-bat mode. The two stuck it out together for over an hour, but then Jadeja had Sarkar nicking one to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip, and the star slipper took a smart one-handed catch low to his right. Sarkar scored 42 in 66 balls with seven fours. One wicket led to another, as Mominul fell 13 balls later, Ashwin getting him to edge to Rahane with one that turned sharply. Mominul’s 27 took 63 balls and included three fours.
Mahmudullah, under pressure after a series of poor outings, and Shakib Al Hasan, who had a verdict for a catch at forward shortleg overturned on review along the way, then took their team to the close of play unbeaten on 9 and 21 respectively.
Before all that, the Indian second innings started before lunch for an over but took off in proper earnestonlyafterthebreak.Havingoptedtotryand bat Bangladesh out of the match, India had to score fast to leave enough time to bowl the opposition.
TaskinAhmedensuredthestartwasfarfromideal, getting both M Vijay and KL Rahul to edge short and wide deliveries to Rahim behind the stumps. Seeing Cheteshwar Pujara walk in after that instead of one of the quicker scorers was surprising, but this was a different Pujara, one that went against the grain for the team’s cause. With Kohli, as belligerent as one would expect, Pujara brought his big-hitting bat out and motored on at a run-aball or thereabouts. He even hooked Taskin for a six over long-on much to the delight of his partner, whopumpedhisfistsinexcitementattheuncharacteristic stroke from the usually restrained Pujara.
So it went on, the batsmen finding the boundary with great frequency and the 25,000-strong crowd having a grand time, till Kohli stepped out and whipped Shakib to Mahmudullah at midwicket to walk back for a 40-ball 38. But Rahane kept up the good work in collaboration with Pujara. He was cross-batted at times, was dropped by Shakib off his own bowling when he smacked back a full toss, and sent Mehedi Hasan soaring over midwicket for six too before going across the line to Shakib, missing altogether, and losing middle stump. The 28in35balls,though,wasagainjustwhattheteamin-a-hurry needed.
Jadeja then ensured that the team’s plan, of stretchingtheleadpast450bytea,wentonschedule. A dab to cover first ball off Shakib was followed by a four over midwicket, which Mehedi really should have caught, and a brutal six over long-on. At tea, with Pujara on 54 from 58, and Jadeja on 16 from 10, Kohli left it to his bowlers to complete the job.
Earlier, the action started in the first over of the dayitself,whenBhuvneshwarKumargotthefourth delivery to tail in beautifully, cutting an arc almost. It started outside off stump and moved in late to hit leg,andMehedi,whowassoimpressiveingettingto his maiden Test half-century on the third evening, wasn’t good enough to deal with it. He had to walk back, but after having done himself proud with 51, his overnight score, in 107 balls with 10 fours.
It wasn’t the beginning to the day Rahim would have wanted, especially with his team still some distanceawayfromthefollow-onmarkandhisown fifth Test century 19 runs adrift. He got there in the end, but after Taijul Islam came and went after hopping around against a barrage of bouncers.
Ravichandran Ashwin took to complete 250 wickets — the quickest by any bowler. He broke Dennis Lillee’s record of 48 Tests. Among Indian bowlers, Anil Kumble was the quickest before Ashwin. He took 55 Tests.
After a long period of save-the-Test dourness, Bangladesh began to unravel, leaving the one-off Test tilted heavily in India’s favour