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India forced to settle for draw

By The Assam Tribune

FATULLAH, June 14 (PTI): Ravichandran Ashwin cast his web with a five-wicket haul and was duly complemented by Harbhajan Singh before India settled for a draw against an edgy Bangladesh in the rain-marred one-off cricket Test which was interrupted by downpours on all five days.

With more than 250 overs lost during the entire duration of the match, the visitors would feel unlucky that they didn�t even get three full days of cricket which could have decisively tilted the match in their favour.

Virat Kohli�s boys were superior in all departments and would certainly have a psychological advantage going into the three-match ODI series starting Thursday.

In reply to India�s first innings score of 462 for six, Bangladesh, resuming at 111 for three after the opening session was washed out, faced the ignominy of being shot out for 256 in 65.5 overs � seven runs short of the follow-on. While Ashwin, with 5/87 from 25 overs, bamboozled the Bangladeshi batsmen with vicious turn and bounce, Harbhajan (3/64 in 17.5 overs) also justified his inclusion in the side bowling well in patches to become the ninth highest Test wicket-taker in the history of the game, surpassing Pakistan legend Wasim Akram.

In fact, Kohli probably wanted to drive home a point by asking Bangladesh to follow-on in what was an inconsequential final hour of play on the fifth day where only two sessions were possible due to overnight rain.

When play was finally called off, Bangladesh were 23 for no loss in the 15 overs that were bowled in their second innings.

For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes (72) has been the top-scorer but it was young debutant Litton Kumar Das, who played a lovely cameo hitting a quickfire 44 off 45 balls with eight fours and a six before being gobbled by Rohit Sharma at backward short leg off Ashwin.

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India 1st innings: 462/6 dec

Bangladesh 1st innings (Overnight 111/3 in 30.1 overs): Tamim Iqbal st Saha b Ashwin 19, Imrul Kayes st Saha b Harbhajan 72, Mominul Haque c Yadav b Harbhajan 30, Mushfiqur Rahim c RG Sharma b Ashwin 2, Shakib Al Hasan c Saha b Ashwin 9, Soumya Sarkar b Aaron 37, Litton Das c Rohit b Ashwin 38, Shuvagata Hom c Rohit b Ashwin 9, Taijul Islam not out 16, Mohammad Shahid c Dhawan b Harbhajan 6, Jubair Hossain run out 0. Extras: (LB 9 NB-3) 1. Total: (all out in 65.5 overs) 256. Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-108, 3-110, 4-121, 5-172, 6-176, 7-219, 8-232, 9-246, 10-256. Bowling: Ishant Sharma 7-0-24-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 25-6-87-5, Umesh Yadav 7-0-45-0, Varun Aaron 9-0-27-1, Harbhajan Singh 17.5-2-64-3.

Bangladesh 2nd innings: Tamim Iqbal not out 16, Imrul Kayes not out 7. Total: (0 wickets; 15 overs) 23. Bowling: Umesh Yadav 2-1-4-0, R Ashwin 6-2-8-0, Harbhajan Singh 5-2-11-0, Murali Vijay 1-1-0-0, Shikhar Dhawan 1-1-0-0.

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India forced to settle for draw

FATULLAH, June 14 (PTI): Ravichandran Ashwin cast his web with a five-wicket haul and was duly complemented by Harbhajan Singh before India settled for a draw against an edgy Bangladesh in the rain-marred one-off cricket Test which was interrupted by downpours on all five days.

With more than 250 overs lost during the entire duration of the match, the visitors would feel unlucky that they didn�t even get three full days of cricket which could have decisively tilted the match in their favour.

Virat Kohli�s boys were superior in all departments and would certainly have a psychological advantage going into the three-match ODI series starting Thursday.

In reply to India�s first innings score of 462 for six, Bangladesh, resuming at 111 for three after the opening session was washed out, faced the ignominy of being shot out for 256 in 65.5 overs � seven runs short of the follow-on. While Ashwin, with 5/87 from 25 overs, bamboozled the Bangladeshi batsmen with vicious turn and bounce, Harbhajan (3/64 in 17.5 overs) also justified his inclusion in the side bowling well in patches to become the ninth highest Test wicket-taker in the history of the game, surpassing Pakistan legend Wasim Akram.

In fact, Kohli probably wanted to drive home a point by asking Bangladesh to follow-on in what was an inconsequential final hour of play on the fifth day where only two sessions were possible due to overnight rain.

When play was finally called off, Bangladesh were 23 for no loss in the 15 overs that were bowled in their second innings.

For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes (72) has been the top-scorer but it was young debutant Litton Kumar Das, who played a lovely cameo hitting a quickfire 44 off 45 balls with eight fours and a six before being gobbled by Rohit Sharma at backward short leg off Ashwin.

SCORECARD

India 1st innings: 462/6 dec

Bangladesh 1st innings (Overnight 111/3 in 30.1 overs): Tamim Iqbal st Saha b Ashwin 19, Imrul Kayes st Saha b Harbhajan 72, Mominul Haque c Yadav b Harbhajan 30, Mushfiqur Rahim c RG Sharma b Ashwin 2, Shakib Al Hasan c Saha b Ashwin 9, Soumya Sarkar b Aaron 37, Litton Das c Rohit b Ashwin 38, Shuvagata Hom c Rohit b Ashwin 9, Taijul Islam not out 16, Mohammad Shahid c Dhawan b Harbhajan 6, Jubair Hossain run out 0. Extras: (LB 9 NB-3) 1. Total: (all out in 65.5 overs) 256. Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-108, 3-110, 4-121, 5-172, 6-176, 7-219, 8-232, 9-246, 10-256. Bowling: Ishant Sharma 7-0-24-0, Ravichandran Ashwin 25-6-87-5, Umesh Yadav 7-0-45-0, Varun Aaron 9-0-27-1, Harbhajan Singh 17.5-2-64-3.

Bangladesh 2nd innings: Tamim Iqbal not out 16, Imrul Kayes not out 7. Total: (0 wickets; 15 overs) 23. Bowling: Umesh Yadav 2-1-4-0, R Ashwin 6-2-8-0, Harbhajan Singh 5-2-11-0, Murali Vijay 1-1-0-0, Shikhar Dhawan 1-1-0-0.