The hosts India are not far away from their historic victory in their first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). On day two of this game, Indian captain Virat Kohli first dominated with the bat by registering another record-breaking century and then, the pacer Ishant Sharma carried his first-innings form.
At the end of day two, Bangladesh were struggling on 152/6. Earlier, India took the lead of 241 runs after declaring their first innings of 347/9. Bangladesh are still trailing by 89 runs.
Indian captain Virat Kohli (59*) started the day two on their overnight score 174/3 and with his overnight partner, the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (23*). Kohli-Rahane added 62 more runs for that wicket as they put the 99 runs partnership for the fourth wicket.
India got a big first-innings lead, thanks to the centurion captain Virat Kohli
After completing his half-century, Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed on 51 runs. However, the captain Virat Kohli stayed very strong with the bat and registered his 27th Test century in 159 balls. In that innings, Kohli put his name in some special record books.
Virat Kohli became more aggressive after completing his century. After scoring 136 runs off 194 balls (18 fours), Kohli was finally dismissed in the ball of Ebadat Hossain. The right-handed batsman smashed six more fours after completing his century.
Meanwhile, all other Indian batsmen failed to reach even the 20-run marks. However, Kohli had a 53-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (12) for the fifth wicket. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha remained not out on 17 runs while Mohammed Shami scored 10 not out off just five balls.
Among the Bangladesh bowlers, Al-Amin Hossain (3/85) and Ebadat Hossain (3/91) bagged three wickets each. Abu Jayed (2/77) scalped two wickets while Taijul Islam (1/80) took the only other wicket in that Indian innings.
Ishant Sharma’s storm continued
Bangladesh once again got a poor start as they went down to 13/4. All the top four batsmen failed to reach the double-digit scores. While the opener Shadman Islam and captain Mominul Haque failed to open their accounts, another opener Imrul Kayes and no.4-batsman Mohammad Mithun scored just five and six runs respectively.
Struggling in that position, the next Bangladesh batsmen fought hard to stretch the game. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah put the 69 runs partnership before Mahmudullah (39) was retired hurt due to his hamstring issue.
Rahim continued his battle with the other batsmen. He put another 51 runs partnership with Mehidy Hasan Miraz for the fifth wicket. During that partnership, Rahim completed his half-century in 54 balls. Miraz finally lost his wicket on 15 runs. The day ended after Taijul Islam (11) was dismissed by Umesh Yadav. Rahim remained not out on 59 runs (10 fours).
After taking five wickets in the first innings, Ishant Sharma (4/39) has already bagged four wickets in the ongoing innings. Another Indian pacer Umesh Yadav (2/40) took the remaining two wickets of the day two.