Indian pacers once again dominate against fragile Bangladesh
The hosts will be very pleased with the way they bowled and then batted to take a considerable lead of 68 runs.
Bangladesh were once again made to pay for winning the toss and choosing to bat first against a potent Indian fast bowling attack on day one of the first ever day-night Test against India at Eden Gardens, as they were bowled out for a paltry 106 runs.
The hosts will be very pleased with the way they bowled and then batted to take a considerable lead of 68 runs with seven wickets in hand as they scored 174/3 at stumps in the second and final Test of the series, which they already lead 1-0.
Eden graces pink
The occasion was a colorful one with the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banarjee, were present to inaugurate the Test match by ringing the bell.
Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Indian cricket board's President Sourav Ganguly was also present in front over 40 thousand fans.
The attendance only increased as the day rolled on as the stadium filled up with over 67 thousand people and the noise the home crowd made created an electric atmosphere.
Unfortunately, it remains to be seen if the Test will go up to four days, as tickets for the first four days have already been sold out.
Mominul makes same mistake again
Captain Mominul Haque won the toss and once again made the fatal error of choosing to bat first and found his team facing prodigious swing from the Indian pacers.
It was always going to be an uphill battle dealing with that swing and the Indian pacers were at their destructive best.
Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami once again formed a deadly trio, as they had done in the first Test, and wreaked havoc on the Bangladesh top order.
The first to go was Imrul Kayes, for four runs, and his Test career is fast approaching an end if he cannot score big in the second innings.
What followed next was some excellent bowling coupled with indecisive technique from the Bangladesh batsmen Mominul, Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim were all gone for a duck.
Liton, Nayeem both subbed off
Liton Das was looking in good nick, trying to resurrect a Bangladesh innings in desperate need of a partnership, but Shami struck him on a helmet.
A few overs later, at the stroke of supper, he had a word with the umpire and retired hurt and was sent to a local hospital for a checkup.
He was replaced by Mehidy Hasan Miraz as the concussion substitute, but will not be able to bowl as he replaced a batsman.
Nayeem Hasan was the next batsman in, and he too was struck on the helmet by a Shami bouncer.
Although he continued on and was later dismissed after scoring 19, he too was substituted off when Bangladesh came on to bowl by Taijul Islam as a concussion substitute.
Kohli, Pujara show their class
When India came to bat, Bangladesh managed to dismiss Mayank Agarwal (14) and Rohit Sharma (21) reasonably cheaply through some decent bowling.
Al-Amin Hossain, Ebadat Hossain and Abu Jayed Rahi all bowled well and got the ball to swing.
Rahi will consider himself unlucky not to have picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma though as he was dropped by Al-Amin when he was on 13.
India were 43-2 but Captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara combined to both score fiftes in a 94-run partnership and take the score to 137.
In the process, the Bangladesh bowlers were deflated but the driving and cutting from both batsmen showed just how to play the against the pink ball.
They were decisive with their footwork and played the swing as late as possible and showed the necessary concentration required at Test level.