Indian Pace Battery Blows Bangladesh Away On Day 1

A top class performance by the Indian pace battery saw the visiting Bangladesh side get bundled out at 150 in the first innings of the first test match at the Holkar Stadium, Indore.

India picked 5 specialist bowlers in the playing XI including three fast bowlers and they made perfect use of the moisture in the pitch early in the morning.

There was a bit of carry in the pitch anyway because of the red soil and the moisture allowed the fast bowlers to extract the seam movement off the deck as well which made life really difficult for the Bangladesh batsmen.

While all the three Indian speedsters were impressive, Shami was the pick of them. The 29-year old got late movement right through the day and he moved the ball both ways.

His seam presentation as usual was near perfect and with the speed that he bowled, the Bangladesh batsmen just couldn’t find a way to deal with him.

The dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim, who is probably the best batsmen in the Bangladesh line-up at the moment, spoke volumes about Shami’s ability.

It was a length delivery and Rahim took a half-stride forward, but he had no idea which way the ball was going to move. He tried to read the movement off the pitch and a sharp inward movement disturbed the furniture behind him.

Mushfiqur, however, before getting out, showed a fair bit of resilience as he scored 43 off 105 balls with 4 fours and a six.

The Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque was another batsman who spent some time at the crease, but apart from him and Mushfiqur, the rest of the Bangladesh batting line-up was just blown away.

India, in reply, lost the wicket of Rohit Sharma early, but a steady 2nd wicket partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal put the innings back on track.

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