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IND vs BAN 1st Test: India crush Bangladesh by 188 runs, take 1-0 lead in two-match series

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India's Captain K.L. Rahul, right, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer left celebrates after wining the first Test cricket match against Bangladesh, in Chattogram Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo)

Chattogram (Bangladesh), December 18: Kuldeep Yadav scalped eight wickets as India cruised to a resounding 188-run win against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday, just 50 minutes into the final day’s play.
With this win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
India needed four Bangladesh wickets at the start of day five to seal a win and KL Rahul’s men wrapped it up in a flash. This was Rahul’s first Test win as India captain. He is the stand-in skipper in place of the injured Rohit Sharma.
Kuldeep, who claimed five wickets in the first innings, returned a match-haul of 8/113 — his best in Tests. The Chinaman bowler was adjudged Man of the Match for his magnificent bowling.
“I love bowling with Kookaburra balls, it gives me better grip and control, compared to the SG ball,” said Kuldeep after the win.
“If I were not playing cricket, it would have been very challenging but I have played a lot of white-ball matches. I have played IPL and with red ball India A matched, so my rhythm was set.
“I could bowl with aggressive approach and in this rhythm, you need to make extra effort and it takes a toll on body,” he said.
“I like playing all formats of cricket for India, nothing matches that pride. When I don’t play I keep training so that the confidence remains intact in matched but I stay relaxed,” he added.
The two-match series is part of the ICC World Test Championship.
With this win, India have climbed to the third place in the World Test Championship points table, pushing Sri Lanka to the fourth position.
India now have 87 points with 55.77 percentage (PCT) while Sri Lanka have 64 points and 53.33 PCT. Australia lead the table with 75 PCT and are followed by South Africa (60 PCT)
Resuming at the overnight score of 276 for 6, Bangladesh skipper Shakib-Al-Hasan came all out attacking, knowing very well it would not be easy to just survive the whole day.
He went for his shots to score 84, studded with six fours and as many hits over the fence in his 108-ball stay.
But the Indians played the patient game. KL Rahul, who registered his first Test win as skipper, started with pace-spin combination of Siraj (1/67) and Patel.
Bangladesh batters started aggressively as Mehidy Hasan Miraz delightfully drove Siraj through the covers in his first over for the day’s first boundary.
At the other end, Shakib made his intentions clear, clobbering Patel over square leg.
But Siraj had his man in his next over as Mehidy fell to a loose shot.
Siraj sprayed the ball outside the off-stump again and Mehidy only managed to slash the delivery straight to Umesh Yadav at backward point.
Shakib brought up his 30th Test fifty with a straight six off Patel.
Shakib took his chances but the asking was too tall as Rahul introduced Kuldeep as the first change and the left-arm spinner picked up two wickets in consecutive overs, while Patel picked another as India ended Bangladesh’s dogged resistance.
Kuldeep first cleaned up Shakib as the batter went for another slog sweep over extra cover and then had Ebadat Hossain caught by Shreyas Iyer.
Axar completed the formalities by going through the defence of Taijul Islam.
The second Test will be played from December 22 to December 26 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
(ToI With inputs from PTI)

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