IND vs BAN 1st Test: Virat Kohli departs for a rare duck
The morning of the second day couldn’t have been better than this for the Bangladesh in the first Test against India in Indore. Pacer Abu Jayed Rahi had taken two wickets in quick succession at the start of the day including the all-important wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli.
First he took the wicket of in form Cheteshwar Pujara who just crossed his fifty and then he trapped Kohli in a LBW to get his wicket. Rahi did not allow Kohli to make any runs. Kohli was gone for a duck just for the tenth time in his 83 match career.
At the time of writing this report, India managed to score 152 runs for 3 wickets in 42 overs. And they are leading by 2 runs. Agarwal and Rahane are batting on 68 runs and 22 runs respectively.
Rahi could have got the first success of the day in the first over. Pujara, who was waiting for a personal half-century, cut the delivery quite off the off-stamp, slipping it to third slip on the outside edge of the bat.
But the pace of the ball was so high that nothing could make sense of Mehidy Hasan Miraz standing on third slip. His reaction time was very slow and at the same time, removing the eye from the ball, the ball went to the boundary touching his finger. Pujara completed his fifty by hitting four with the same ball.
And the ball was hit so badly on Miraz’s finger that he had to leave the field for first aid. Saif Hassan was replaced as a replacement fielder. The first success of the day came in his hands.
On the second day, he missed his wicket in the first over for a little, but Rahi picked up the wicket in his second over. Pujara was the batsman again. This time he went to drive flat. But on the outside edge of the bat, the ball was gone in the hands of Saif Hassan, who was standing on the widish fourth slip.
Rahi did not stop at Pujara alone. He took the biggest wicket in his very next over. At the start of his innings, Kohli turned his attention to playing in a defensive posture to understand the wicket’s nature. He played two balls carefully.
But he was not saved. Kohli could not able to judge the sharp inswing delivery by Rahi. He defended with his bat in a timely manner. But the ball missed his bat and hit the back of his leg.
The umpire did not respond to the strong appeal of Bangladesh fielders. Skipper Mominul did not waste time talking to wicketkeeper Liton Das. He immediately took the review. Replays can be seen hitting middle-leg stumps. Suddenly, the camp of Bangladesh became joyous.
This is just for the third time that Kohli went for a duck at home.