Match Report: India end day 1 in a dominating position against Bangladesh


India ended the first day in a dominating position against Bangladesh at 356 for 3 that was played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 200 runs partnership set the foundation for a big total. Virat Kohli and Rahane partnership has ensured that we end the first day in a strong position.

After winning the toss India elected to bat first. KL Rahul was dismissed by Taskin Ahmed in the very first over itself for 2 runs only. Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay steadied the innings with good strokes putting pressure on the Bangladesh bowlers. Mehedi Hasan missed an easy run out chance  to dismiss Murali Vijay when he was on 35. They put on 50 runs partnership in just 86 balls. India ended the first session on 86 for 1.

After the lunch break, Pujara and Murali Vijay completed their half centuries. Both of them continued to dominate the Bangladesh bowlers putting on century runs partnership in 181 balls. It was excellent display of batting by both Indian batsmen. India lost the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara for 83, ending 178 runs partnership for the second wicket. Virat Kohli came to the crease and looked in excellent form. At the tea break, India were 206 for 2.

After the tea break, Murali Vijay completed his 9th test century. Vijay was dismissed by Taijul Islam for 108. Virat Kohli then played some wonderful strokes and completed his half century in 70 balls. Rahane took time to settle. Bangladesh took the new ball in 81.1 overs. Virat Kohli and Rahane created pressure on Bangladeshi bowlers by hitting the bad balls away for boundaries. Virat Kohli completed his century off 130 balls while Rahane played some wonderful strokes. In the last 10 overs India scored 71 runs. Kohli is still not out on 111 and Rahane on 45. India ended the first day in a strong position of 356 for 3.

India 356 for 3 (Virat Kohli 111*, Murali Vijay 108, Cheteshwar Pujara 83)