The Fatulah Test between India and Bangladesh ended in an expected draw after another rain-marred day. Resuming the final day on 111, Bangladesh were bowled out for 256 in their first innings, after the first session of the final day was completely washed out. Virat Kohli enforced the follow on, and the match finished with Bangladesh batting out 15 overs, and scoring 23 runs at a snail’s pace, with Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes both adopting the defensive approach after being bowled out early in their first innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the hero of the day claiming five wickets as India were able to enforce the follow on. Resuming the day at 111 for 3, Bangladesh lost Shakib Al Hasan early, as he tried to cut Ashwin. Kayes took his score to 72 before he was undone by Harbhajan Singh, who had him stumped as he stepped out of the crease. Soumya Sarkar, as he has often done, looked good, played some handsome stroke, but again did not convert his score. On 37, he played on to Varun Aaron failing to move his feet.
Litton Das made an impressive debut, making 44 from 45, with some sparkling strokes before he too fell victim to Ashwin. The off-spinner made excellent use of the surface using drift and spin to trouble most batsmen. Shuvagata Hom did not last long, and he too fell victim to Ashwin’s guile. The off-spinner finished with 5 for 87. Harbhajan Singh got his third wicket when Mohammad Shahid played a poor stroke against Harbhajan. Jubair Hossian’s run out for a duck meant Bangladesh were bowled out before crossing the follow on mark. In the second innings, Bangladesh did not need to do much to save the match. Rain had saved them much earlier.
-- By A Cricket Correspondent