PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque won the toss and elected to bat first on Day 1 of the historic day-night Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Indian pace trio wreaked havoc as Bangladesh suffered another batting collapse. Four Bangladesh batsmen got out for ducks. Opener Shadman Islam top-scored with 29 runs from 52 deliveries. Liton Das, the only batsman who looked comfortable got hit by a bouncer by Mohammed Shami on the helmet and was replaced by Mehidy Hasan. Team India’s good bowling and good batting brought results with India needing just 57.1 overs to bowl Bangladesh out and then overhaul their woeful total of 106. Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha took some spectacular catch. India got off to a blistering start but soon lost their openers, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma. However, both Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli brought up their fifties, the first two 50s for Indians in pink ball Tests. India end Day 1 at 174/3 with a lead of 68 runs. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 59 and 23 respectively and will continue batting on Day 2.
Ishant Sharma was the star of the show for India in their maiden day-night Test, picking up a 5-wicket haul. This is Ishant’s 10th career fifer and first at home. in the first half-hour, when it seemed the pink ball wasn't going to do much, but there were others when it went off the seam outrageously. India had to wait till the seventh over to get their first success, but that remained the longest partnership of the innings. After getting their first breakthrough Indian pace trio look very dangerous. Mohammed Shami was landing physical blows while for a change Ishant Sharma was taking care of softened-up batsmen. Ishan Sharma took 5 wickets and Umesh Jadav and Shami took 3 and 2 wickets respectively in front of close to 50,000 spectators at Eden gardens. It was only the fourth time that fast bowlers took all ten for India in India.
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