21 January 2010
The self destruction mode of Bangladesh batsmen on the final day helped India to take 1-0 lead in the two-match Idea Test series at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chittagong today. The only bright spot of Bangladesh's 2nd innings was the maiden Test century by wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim which helped Bangladesh to score 301 all-out, 113 runs short of the victory target.
Bangladesh resumed fifth days play on 67 for 2 needing another 348 runs to win the Test or battle out 90 overs to secure a draw. However, Bangladesh top order refused to learn from their previous mistakes and the hosts were soon reduced to 135 for 5 in the morning session. Bangladesh never recovered from the position as the middle order followed the top order and threw wickets away in the name of positive cricket.
Mushfiqur started the counter-attack when Bangladesh seemed dead and buried at 170 for 7 in the post-lunch session. He got valuable support from the tail-enders and added 131 runs to the total with the last three batsmen of Bangladesh team. Mushfiqur's 114 ball 101 is the fastest Test century scored by a Bangladeshi batsmen.
Amit Mishra was the most successful India bowler with 4 wickets for 92 runs. India pace bowling duo Zaheer Khan and Ishant Shrama shared 5 wickets between them and Sehwag bagged the wicket of Tamim Iqbal who scored a patient 52 before suffering the brain freeze 10 minutes before lunch.
The second and final Test of the series will start on Sunday at Mirpur Sher E Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.