India strengthened its influence on the first Test against Bangladesh, after opening day Mayan Agarwal slammed his second-round test by 343 to 493/6 at the end of the second day.
Mayank, who finished unbeaten at 37 the first night, battled for another two and a half sessions, finished with 243 of 330 balls and scored his 50th + sixth in his first 12 Test innings. He scored 28 fours and eight sixes, one of which increased his 200, and ended up with the sisters for India in a single test blow.
A timely partnership between Mayank and Ajinkya Rahane (86) worth 190 runs helped India recover 119: 3 after losing Cheteshwar Pujara (54) and Virat Kohli (0) in quick succession. Pujara had joined Mayank in the last opening day session after Rohit Sharma (6) prematurely departed in response to the first 150 innings in Bangladesh.
Pujara, who started the day unbeaten on 43rd, brought his fifty with two fours from Pacer Abu Jayed on his feet. Shortly thereafter, Jayed struck and invited a ride with a full one who found a thick edge of Pujara’s bat and flew straight to the gutter.
In his next over, Jayed Virat Kohli grabbed a two-ball duck and threw in a long ball that slid past his club and into the front block. A consultation with the third arbitrator confirmed Kohli’s dismissal, his 10th test duck.
However, Mayank resumed his march from the other end and found a capable company in Vice Captain Rahane. Rahane posted his third test result of 50+ in a row (after 59 and 115 against South Africa) and helped Mayank defuse the attack in Bangladesh, especially the spinners who sent off 55 overs before claiming a wicket.
Jayed returned to grab his fourth bag and removed Rahane immediately after the players returned from the tea. the batsman hit hard on a wide and finally gave a hook to the bottom.
The then 158-year-old Mayank strengthened his attack power and went in the next 46 balls over 200. Ravindra Jadeja played the second fiddle after Mayank’s decisive slugfest and produced the team’s 400s with an unmistakable hoick over Deep Midwicket.
After Mayank had exceeded his double hundred, he hit four more sixes before he received India’s first termination for the spinning mill. A big shot from Mehidy Hasan fell into the hands of a diver, Abu Jayed, but by then India had easily crossed the 400 marks. Jadeja (60 *) had an end to his fiftieth fifteenth lead over the team’s 300, but Bangladesh made it to another late breakthrough, Ebadot Hossain’s full performance clears the stumps of Wriddhiman Saha (12),
An enterprising, undefeated performance by Umesh Yadav (# 8), who was worth 25 runs in just 10 runs, helped India to a thriving end to the day. The home team collected 190 runs in the 30-over final.