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India comfortably defeated Bangladesh in the first test match at Chattogram by restricting the hosts to 324/10 in their second innings thanks to Indian spinners, who dismissed the final four Bangladeshi batsmen in a quick session.

India quickly finished off Bangladesh’s second innings for a commanding 188-run victory in the first Test at Chattogram. Although the entire Indian bowling pack appeared effective against the Bangladeshi battling lineup, wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the standout performer, recording the best match statistics in his career. Kuldeep finished the game with a record-breaking 8 wickets for 113 runs after adding three more wickets to his excellent five-wicket haul from the first innings of Bangladesh.

India vs Bangladesh 1st Test Match Summary

Day 1

The stand-in captain of India, KL Rahul, won the toss and decided to bat first in the series opener against Bangladesh. Rahul took the field with three spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and Axar Patel. India managed to achieve a massive total of 409 runs despite a sluggish start, displaying an amazing batting performance. India’s inning was stabilized after some early knocks thanks to Rishabh Pant’s counter-attacking 46 in 45 balls knock.

Pujara had a fantastic 90-run innings but fell short of a century. Iyer, on the other hand, continued to stay unbeaten at 82 and was still on track for his hundred. Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer’s vital partnership, which saw them combine for 149 runs for the fifth wicket, was broken by Taijul when he came back with an effective spell at the end of the day.

Day 2

Kuldeep Yadav ignited day two with an all-around performance that handed India the advantage. After turning 28 the day before, Kuldeep continued to celebrate by going on an incredible run with both bat and ball while participating in his first Test match in more than 22 months.

The left-hander, who was batting at position nine, first contributed a career-high 40 from 114 balls in a 92-run eighth-wicket partnership with veteran Ravichandran Ashwin, helping India move from 278/6 to 404 in the first inning. Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan each took four wickets for Bangladesh, while Ebadot Hossain and Khaled Ahmed each took one wicket.

The left-arm bowler, Kuldeep who entered the pitch in the 25th over, finished the day with numbers of 10-3-33-4, a performance that will undoubtedly help him rebuild his confidence. Bangladesh was 133 for 8 at the end of day two, needing 72 runs to avoid a follow-on even with two wickets in hand.

Day 3

With left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav taking a career-high 5/40, India dismissed Bangladesh for 150 in their opening innings. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara both smashed hundreds to help India get off to a great start and set a target of 513 runs. The visitors declared their second innings at 258/2 in 61.4 overs after Gill scored a rapid 110, his first century in the format, and Pujara recorded his fastest-ever century and his first since January 2019.

Young Bangladeshi openers Najmul Hossain Shanto and Zakir Hasan did well to successfully navigate the challenging 12-over period while chasing 513, especially in the dimming light. For the Indian bowlers, there was considerable turn available, but the surface was slowing down significantly

Day 4

India’s bowling attack stepped up on Day 4, leaving the hosts with only four wickets remaining at the end of the day after Bangladesh made a promising start. The day’s standout for the hosts was Zakir Hassan, who made his debut with a superb century.

He was struck by R Ashwin, who took his first wicket of the match, just as he reached the milestone, though. At the end of day four in Chattogram, the hosts had been reduced to 272/6 in their second innings after left-arm spinner Axar Patel took three wickets to help India move closer to an easy victory.

Day 5

India bowled the hosts out for 324 in 11.2 overs, taking the final four wickets they needed in a quick session to secure the victory. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep scalped two of the remaining four batters while Mohammed Siraj and Axar Patel took one wicket each.