India A feast on Tigers’ bowling
Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam (R) bowls during the second day of their two-day practice match against India A at the Gymkhana Ground in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on Monday. — AFP photo
Bangladesh’s bowlers were given a workout by India ‘A’ team in the two-day warm-up match that ended in a draw on Monday, signaling a tough time ahead for the visitors in their one-off Test match.
At least three India A batsmen scored a century and two of them could not be dismissed by visiting bowlers, who struggled to contain run and earn regular breakthroughs at Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad.
The home side declared their only innings after scoring 461-8 in 90 overs before Bangladesh reached 73-2 in their second innings, when the two captains agreed for a draw.
Tamim Iqbal was unbeaten for 42 after sharing 71 runs with Soumya Sarkar, who made 25 runs, before two wickets fell abruptly off consecutive deliveries of Kuldeep Yadav.
Left-arm spinner Yadav dragged Soumya out of crease for a stumping and the next ball saw Mominul Haque giving a catch to Ishank Jaggi. Soumya opened the innings as Imrul Kayes was unable to bat after aggravating his thigh muscle injury that ended his tour.
Apart from paceman Subashis Roy, who claimed 3-57, no other Bangladeshi bowler could make an impact with at least four of them conceding more than five runs per over. Taijul Islam churned out 141 runs in his 28 overs for three wickets, leading the pack.
‘I will try to rectify the mistakes in Test match,’ said Taijul. ‘I have learnt a lot from this match and hopefully it will help me in the upcoming days.’
India ‘A’ resumed on 99-1 and did not lose a wicket until unbeaten overnight batsman Shreyas Iyer decided to retire after making 100 off 91 balls with 12 fours and four sixes.
Iyer’s overnight partner Priyank Panchal also retired after making 103 off 143 balls before a mini collapse saw India ‘A’ losing four wickets for 20 runs.
Bangladesh owed their momentary success to opponents’ attempt for scoring quickly as Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Jaggi, Hardik Pandya all fell attempting big shots.
However, all-rounder Vijay Shankar avoided the similar fate and scored a quick-fire 103 off 81 balls, an innings that included 14 fours and three sixes.
Nitin Saini, his partner in 115-run stand in eighth wicket, also played a rapid innings to hit 66 off 85 balls.
The hosts declared the innings soon after Vijay completed his century that must gave some extra encouragement to India national side ahead of February 9-13 Test scheduled at the Rajib Gandhi International Stadium.
Bangladesh 224-8 dec & 73-2 in 15 overs (Tamim 42 not out, Soumya 25) v India A 461-8 dec (Panchal 103 retired hurt, Shankar 103 not out, Iyer 100 retired hurt; Subashis 3-57, Taijul 3-141)
Result: Match drawn