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PIX: Umesh, Ashwin put India in control on Day 1

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Last updated on: December 22, 2022 17:44 IST
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Images from Day 1 of the second and final Test between India and Bangladesh in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Thursday.

IMAGE: Jaydev Unadkat celebrates with his team-mates after taking the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim on Day 1 of the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin picked four wickets each to put India in control as Bangladesh were bowled out for 227 in their first innings, on Day 1 of the second and final Test in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Thursday.

India were 19 for no loss at stumps on the opening day, with skipper KL Rahul on 3 off 30 balls, while Shubman Gill made 14.

When Bangladesh batted, Umesh (4/25 in 15 overs) led the Indian pace attack manfully while Ashwin (4/71 in 21.5 overs) closed in on a career-haul of 450 wickets (447 currently) on a day when Jaydev Unadkat's (2/50 in 16 overs) return to Test fold after 12 long years did stir up fair amount of debate about some selection calls taken by this team management.

However, Unadkat could term himself lucky as man of the match of the first Test Kuldeep Yadav was unceremoniously dumped by the team management.

The pitch was termed to be a confusing one by skipper Rahul at the toss which prompted them to pick an extra seam bowler in Unadkat.

The decision didn't backfire because of the inferior quality of Bangladesh batting line-up more than anything else.

IMAGE: India's players celebrate after Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Litton Das. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Former skipper Mominul Haque (84) was the only batter who showed admirable patience for more than four hours but he hardly enjoyed any support from the other end.

Zakir Hasan (15) and Najmul Hosain Shanto (24) added 39 for the first wicket but more importantly saw off the morning spell from Umesh and Mohammed Siraj.

It was Unadkat who got the first breakthrough when he got the ball to bounce quite sharply from length to surprise Zakir, who could only fend it straight to KL Rahul at point.

The Saurashtra pacer dismissed the stodgy Mushfiqur Rahim caught behind for 26 with another superb delivery which moved away late, to take the edge.

Unadkat, who made his debut against South Africa at Centurion in December 2010, returned to Test format after a gap of 12 years. In between, he missed 118  matches -- the highest by an Indian and the second most in world cricket.

IMAGE: Umesh Yadav celebrates with captain KL Rahul after taking the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

However, the most impressive bowler for India was Umesh, who consistently pitched the ball up. What was heartening to see was that along with the outswinger, he has also developed a potent inswinger, one which he used to get rid of Nurul Hasan.

He also got important wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz by bowling a probing channel and the slowness of the track did the rest.

Litton Das (25) played an attacking knock which had two boundaries and a six but he couldn't carry on the good work as he flicked a full length delivery from Ashwin straight to Rahul.

IMAGE: Jaydev Unadkat celebrates with his team-mates after taking the wicket of Zakir Hasan. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

But, Mominul kept his calm and went about his business in a quiet fashion, hitting 12 fours and a six in the process.

It was Ashwin, who removed Mominul at the fag end of the day when he shaped for an expansive drive and then decided to check his stroke but the ball kissed his gloves into Rishabh Pant's gloves.

The Bangladesh lower order collapsed without much of a fight as the hosts lost their last five wickets for 14 runs.

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