Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin take 4 each as India bowl out Bangladesh for 227 on Day 1, 2nd Test at Mirpur 

India continued to dominate Bangladesh in red-ball contests after winning the first Test by 188 runs in Chattogram last week

Mominul Haque struck a fine 84 on his comeback into the Bangladesh side but the Indian team dominated the opening day of the second and final Test, bowling out the hosts for just 227 in the first innings at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Thursday. 

In their reply, India were steady at 19 without any loss with their opening batsman Shubman Gill (14*) and captain KL Rahul (3*) seeing off the initial overs left in the day’s play.

The right-arm India fast bowler Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets each while playing his first match after a gap of 118 Tests for India, Jaydev Unadkat gave a fine example of himself to take two wickets as India bowled out Bangladesh for a moderate total after the home team won the toss and elected to bat.

India captain KL Rahul, who had suffered a blow to his hand on Wednesday during training and was uncertain for this match, showed up in the captain’s blazer and at the time of the toss and said that he would have done the same had India won the toss since the wicket carried fresh green grass and did not look like a tough one to bat on.

The feeling was the same when Bangladesh opening batsmen Najmul Hossain Shanto and Zakir Hasan went unscathed in the first hour of the play, but soon the Indian bowlers started making inroads. Zakir Hasan was bounced out first by the left-arm bowler Jaydev Unadkat while Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Nazmul Hossain Chand leg before for a 57-ball 24. 

Shakib Al Hasan played a poor stroke, hitting in the air straight to mid-on off Umesh Yadav right after the lunch break while Mushfiqur Rahim, the senior most Bangladeshi batsmen, shoot some positive aggression against Ravichandran Ashwin back punished after making 26 from 46 balls with 5 boundaries.

The promising Litton Das was a bit reckless against Ravichandran Ashwin, trying to hit the bowler in the air on the leg side but he could not connect well, being caught by KL Rahul at short midwicket as Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Mehedi Hasan Miraj, who troubled the Indian team a lot during the ODI series which Bangladesh won 2-1, once again flopped with the bat, scoring just 15 from 51 balls with 3 boundaries during his stay in the middle.

Among the last to be dismissed in the Bangladeshi innings was Mominul Haque, caught behind by Rishabh Pant off Ravichandran Ashwin but not before cracking 12 fours and a six to make 84 from 154 balls.

India had earlier made a debatable decision to drop their hero of the previous match, Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav who took 8 wickets and scored 40 runs to help them take an unassailable lead at Chattogram, instead picking Jaydev Unadkat for the first time in more than 12 years to play a game for his country in the longest format.