Mominul Haque Said Bat First Was Challenging Decision

Batting First Was Challenging Decision: Mominul Haque

India registered the victory in the first Test match against Bangladesh in Indore. Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque opined that choosing to bat first cost them defeat.

Indian bowlers were strong – Mominul Haque

Mominul Haque is leading the team for the first time in Test cricket. The absence of Shakib Al Hasan has given him the opportunity of captaincy. Earlier, he opined that this new challenge had given him the chance to showcase his talent. But the Indian bowlers crushed all the hopes of him.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat with the hopes to set big total against India. But the decision proved expensive to them. On the first day, Bangladesh was bundled out on 150 runs with the furious bowling of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Indian bowlers, Indian vs Bangladesh
The Indian pace troika. BCCI Twitter

Bangladesh Bowler Abu Jayed got the early wicket of Rohit Sharma (6) and Virat Kohli (0). Those wickets gave the hopes to Bangladesh but Mayank Agarwal showed his talent. The man of the match, Mayank, scored a double century with his bat and led the team from the front. His contribution gave the team a lead of 343 runs.

On the third day, India bundled out the visitors for 213 runs. Only Mushfiqur Rahim was the Bangladesh player to score a fifty in the Test match. Mominul Haque, the captain, also lost his wicket early in their second innings. In the post-match ceremony, he opined that to bat first was the challenging task for the team as the Indian team had a good bowling attack.

Bangladesh, Mominul Haque
Mominul Haque. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I thought it was a challenging decision (Toss). Abu Jayed and Mushy are the positives for us in this Test match. Liton also batted well. It was very challenging for the top-order batsmen, they have a great bowling attack. We will look to enjoy the next pink-ball Test match.”

Pink ball game next task

Now, India and Bangladesh will head to play the next Test match at Eden Gardens starting from 22nd November. The second Test match is the challenging task as both the teams will play with the pink ball for the first time. Both the teams are inexperienced with this new format. So, it will be interesting to see which team will win the second and last Test match of this series.