On a bright morning in Hyderabad, India won the toss after losing 8 out of 11 tosses, and without any hesitation Kohli opted to bat first. As expected Karun paved the way for Rahane and Wriddiman Saha returned to the eleven.
For Bangladesh this was history in the making, as their long 17-year old wait was over, they were finally going to play on Indian soil in whites.
Some Bangladeshi must have written the script. Taskin Ahmed got the visitors of to a dream start, scalping an in-form K.L. Rahul with a full delivery outside the off stump. Rahul fell prey looking for an extravagant cover drive, he was bowled of the inside edge. They also had a few glitches with the running between the wickets and could easily have been run out.
Then Pujara and Vijay took the responsibility on their shoulders to avoid any more mishaps. They mixed aggression with caution and that proved to be fruitful. Mushfiqur tried various options but to no avail. There was a lot of talk surrounding the pitch, but the pitch held up rather well apart from a couple of balls that misbehaved. Spinners too, found it hard to get some purchase of the wicket as it had settled down after.
The second session would be crucial from India’s point of view, as that will be the best time to bat on, so we expect India to up the ante, and show some aggressive intent.
(Scorecard brief: Murli Vijay- 45*, Cheteshwar Pujara- 39*, Taskin Ahmed- 1/17)