Bangladesh players get a reality check in Hyderabad, as India A wallop visitors

Three of the India A batsmen scored centuries against a weary Bangladesh side gearing up for one-off Test to be played in Hyderabad.

Bangladesh had their backs against the walls in the warm-up two-day match against India A in Hyderabad ahead of One-off Test starting on February 9. On the second day of the warm-up game, Bangladesh bowlers looked helpless on Hyderabad wicket as India A batsmen piled on runs with a run-rate clocking above 5 runs per over.Kuldeep Yadav impressed with his leg spin, he got two wickets in the last session of the warm-up game.

Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal took an attacking approach in the second innings, influenced by India A batsman. He remained not out on 42 from 54 balls which included 3 fours and 1 six. Star bowler of first innings, Aniket Chaudhary did not bowl a single over in the second innings, otherwise, the final scores might have been different. The visitors were 73-2 at the end of second day’s play, trailing by 164 runs.

Earlier India A batsmen had a crack at Bangladeshi bowlers, hitting them all over the park. Despite losing skipper Abhinav Mukund early on in the innings, opener Priyank Panchal and Shreyas Iyer scored centuries to get their team out of the danger. Panchal scored 101 from 148 runs including 11 fours and 1 sixes. Whereas, Iyer went on a brutal onslaught, decimating the Bangladeshi bowling line-up, scoring 100 from 91 balls including 12 fours and 4 sixes.

The two centurions walked off the ground to give other batsmen a chance against their neighbours. Ishant Jaggi, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan could not make much impact on the game. Pant gave his wicket away trying to score at a brisk rate. He could not get out of the T20 mode. Subashis Roy had claimed three wickets until now, despite being a youngster he bowled in the right areas to get rid of the middle order and the skipper.

A lot was expected from all-rounder Hardik Pandya, but he disappointed with both bat and ball. Pandya departed for 7 In the bowling department as well, he got picked off for few too many runs. He gave 29 runs in 3 overs.

Surprisingly, Vijay Shankar impressed the most, he played a fearless innings scoring 103 runs from 81 balls. Shankar mostly dealt in boundaries as he scored 14 fours and 3 sixes. He was accompanied by Nitin Saini who scored 66 before Taijul Islam got his wicket. India A declared 461 for 6 after 90 overs. Bangladesh’s star bowler Mehedi Hasan could not take a single wicket, it seems like he really needs those bowling lessons he asked for from Ravichandran Ashwin.

India A bowlers performed really well in the first innings as they reduced the visitors, 224 for 8.Only Soumya Sarkar and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim could manage to score a fifty to save them from further humiliation.