India completed a comprehensive 208-run win over Bangladesh in the final day of the one-off Test played in Hyderabad. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin combined to snuff out eight Bangladesh wickets, while Ishant Sharma bagged two in quick succession, thereby bowling out the visitors for 279 in the second innings. With this victory, India continued their winning run in the home season that has seen them win six consecutive series since the first against Sri Lanka in 2015.
Resuming the final day on 103/3, Bangladesh’s hopes of saving the match suffered a major dent when they lost Shakib Al Hasan to a special Jadeja delivery in the fourth over itself. Bowling round the wicket, Jadeja pitched the ball outside off, which turned sharply and kissed Shakib’s gloves before going straight to Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg.
Shakib’s wicket brought skipper Mushfiqur Rahim at the crease and he started cautiously, before deciding to counter-attack the Indian bowlers. But the plan backfired, and Mushfiqur trying to go down the infield, mistimed an Ashwin delivery to Jadeja at mid-off.
At the other end, Virat Kohli brought in seamers Ishant and Umesh Yadav to keep up the pressure. But Mahmudullah kept fighting and brought up his half-century. His partner Sabbir Rahman surprisingly started off shakily, before thumping a six and a four to remain not out on 16 as the two teams headed for lunch.
Post lunch, Ishant struck twice in quick succession; first removing Sabbir lbw, before bouncing out Mahmudullah for a valiant 64 to trim Bangladesh’s hopes. However, the eighth wicket stand between Mehedi Hasan and Kamrul Islam Rabbi frustrated India, but Jadeja dismissed the former for 23.
After that, it was only a matter of time before Bangladesh were bundled out for 250 all out. Taijul Islam fell to Jadeja, who bagged his fourth wicket of the innings. Ashwin also finished the innings with four wickets.