IN PICS: India register big win over Bangladesh

Sport360 staff 13/02/2017

India completed a 208-run victory over Bangladesh in the only Test of their series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Monday.

Needing seven wickets to wrap up the win on the final day, the Indians got off to the perfect start with Ravindra Jadeja dismissing key batsman Shakib Al Hasan early on.

The Bangladesh batsmen kept getting starts, but were unable to kick on and bat out a long innings that could have saved them the Test. Mahmudullah was the best of the lot, facing 149 deliveries for his 64.

The visitors were eventually bowled out for 250, with Kamrul Islam Rabbi left stranded having dug in for an unbeaten three from 70 balls.

India spinners Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin both picked up four wickets, while Ishant Sharma bowled an impressive spell with the old ball which fetched him two scalps.

Unsurprisingly, it was Virat Kohli who was named the man of the match for his double century in India’s first innings.

BRIEF SCORES

India 687-6d [Kohli 204, Vijay 108, Saha 106*, Taijul 3-156] and 159-4d [Pujara 54*, Taskin 2-43, Shakib 2-50] beat Bangladesh 388 [Mushfiqur 127, Shakib 82, Yadav 3-84] and 250 [Mahmudullah 64, Sarkar 42, Ashwin 4-73, Jadeja 4-78] by 208 runs.

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Tendulkar's message for Kohli after double ton

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Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar.

India captain Virat Kohli is in the form of his life. On Friday, Kohli notched up his fourth double century in four successive Test series which is a record.

The 28-year-old received praise from various quarters for his knock including that of legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar posted a picture of Kohli with his bat on Twitter and stated how the marks on the middle of the bat shows just how good form the Delhi batsman is in.

“The sweet spot on your bat speaks about the awesome form you are in, don’t need scoreboards. May God always keep your bat like that,” tweeted Tendulkar.

This is some high praise coming from the cricketer with the most Test runs and Test centuries in the history of the game.

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Vijay explains change in mindset is paying dividends

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Vijay speaking after day's play.

Indian opener Murali Vijay notched up his ninth Test century on day one against Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Thursday.

Vijay was at his best, scoring 108 as India ended the day in an advantageous position at 356-3 with captain Virat Kohli also hitting a ton.

Speaking after the day’s play, the Tamil Nadu batsman explained a change made to his batting recently has paid dividends.

“See, I was playing at the balls that I should be leaving actually. I went back home and gave it a thought, came back to Bombay [England Test in Mumbai] and played in the way I would play rather than playing for the situation which was putting too much pressure on me,” said Vijay.

“These are small things, I rectified in the Bombay Test.”

Despite being one of the most consistent members of the Indian Test side, Vijay hasn’t represented the Men in Blue in limited overs cricket for a really long time. He, though, is ready if any opportunity arises.

“As I am playing one format of the game at the moment, I have got a decent idea about it and hang of it. I want to give as many consistent starts as possible for India. I am ready for my opportunity in other two formats as well,” he added.

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