1st Test, Day 5: India Crush Bangladesh by 188 Runs to Take 1-0 Lead

in this India to wrap up the contest with a massive 188-run win in less than an hour on the fifth and final morning of the first Test against Bangladesh and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series on Sunday. Chasing a mammoth target of 513, Bangladesh offered some resistance but were eventually bowled out for 324, with Zakir Hasan hitting a century on debut, while skipper Shakib Al Hasan scored an entertaining 84.

Resuming on their overnight total of 272/6, Bangladesh started positively with Mehidy Hasan Miraj playing a cover drive for four to end the first over of the day, which was lofted by Mohammad Siraj Threw on And then Shakib hit the last ball of the next over off Akshar Patel for a six.

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Mehdi then went a bit too callous as he played away from his body to take a wicket off Siraj and was caught at backward point for 13 as the 45-run partnership for the seventh wicket soon crumbled.

Shakib though continued to bat in the same manner – taking risks and being rewarded with boundaries. He soon brought up his half-century and continued to hit fours and sixes.

The ploy was only to work for a short period of time, however, as he was the only specialist batsman left with Bangladesh. Kuldeep Yadav overturned one soon after pitching as Shakib went for another slog-sweep but was beaten on the outside edge to be bowled for 84 off 108 balls.

And India didn’t have to wait long to get rid of the remaining two batsmen, Bangladesh losing Abadot Hossain and Taijul Islam to add just four runs after Shakib’s dismissal.

Kuldeep, who finished with career-best match figures of 8/113, was named player of the match. India will be aiming to sweep the series in the second Test starting on December 22 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

Brief Scores: India 404 and 258/2 beat Bangladesh 150 and 324 by 188 runs

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