INDvsBAN: Sarkar departs early after India declares at 687/6
Hyderabad: Bangladesh lost the wicket of opener Soumya Sarkar early after suffering two disastrous days with the ball, as India piled up a gigantic first-inning total of 687/6d in one-off Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
At Stumps on Day 2, Bangladesh looked struggling at 41/1 with Tamim Iqbal (24*) and Mominul Haque (1*) batting at the crease. Sarkar (15) departed after adding just 38 runs for the first wicket. He lost his wicket to Indian speedster Umesh Yadav, after India challenged the umpire's decision on their appeal for a caught behind the wicket.
Earlier, India won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision, however, looked going Bangladesh's way after Lokesh Rahul lost his wicket in the very first over. But some sensational performances by Murli Vijay, captain Virat Kohli and wicket-keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha helped India sit on the driving seat of the match.
After Murli Vijay completed his 9th Test century, Virat Kohli also went on to slam his fourth double ton. With this hundred, captain Kohli became the first player in history to score four double centuries in successive series. Wriddhiman Saha also joined the party by scoring his second century in Test matches.
Apart from them, Cheteshwar Pujara (83), Murli Vijay (82) and Ravindra Jadeja (60*) also played vital parts in helping India on its way to 687 runs in 166 overs.
For Bangladesh, Taijul Islam was the pick of the bowlers as he bagged 3 wickets for 156 runs in 47 overs, while Mehendi Hasan Miraz plucked two and Taskin Ahmed got 1 wicket in their spells.
Currently, India stands in a position from where they are most unlikely to lose the match, while Bangladesh will have to put in their best efforts to at least finish their first ever Test match on Indian soil in a draw.
This was the third consecutive inning in which India scored 600-plus runs, to become the first ever team to do so.