One-off Test: India vs Bangladesh 2017 scorecard

Bangladesh acquired Test status in 2000 and had played a Test match in every country except India, until the announcement came through in August 2016, that India will finally host the Bangla Tigers for a Test match which will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The Bangladeshis had previously taken on India in eight Tests, all of them at home, losing six and drawing two.

Albeit Bangladesh were the underdog heading into the Hyderabad Test against the No. 1-ranked India, they couldn’t be counted out entirely.

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh Test captain, had at his disposal quality spinners like Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who had spun Bangladesh to their first-ever Test win over England in Mirpur before the Poms toured India for a five-Test series. The Bangladeshi spinners were expected to exude greater nous about the Indian conditions and use them better too, than England and New Zealand.

And, in addition, the Bangla Tigers’ batsmen had enjoyed a reasonably good tour of New Zealand, where Shakib recorded the highest Test score (217) for a Bangladeshi batsman till date.

From the Virat Kohli-led India’s perspective, they couldn’t take Bangladesh lightly and would have been keen on keeping the momentum going ahead of the always important home Test series against Australia. The three-member Indian selection committee had named a strong Indian squad and the team management had a window to experiment with the playing XI.

Match facts

India vs Bangladesh 2017, Only Test
Date and time: 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 Feb, 9:30 AM
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

India vs Bangladesh 2017 Test Scorecard

Toss: won by Virat Kohli, who chose to bat first

Pitch report: The pitch for this Test match had a touch of grass to start off with, albeit the green tinge had very little effect on proceedings. The bounce was variable and pace off the pitch was slow, too. The Hyderabad pitch has tended to be good for batting over the years and for the only Test between India and Bangladesh too, the pitch played very much true to its nature. This was, therefore, a bat-first pitch on which a big first innings total was a mandate.

From the spinners’ perspective, the lack of bite meant that they had to be extremely precise with their lengths and speed of delivery. So, the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked spinners in the world weren’t as effective as they were during the England Tests.

Playing XIs

India: Virat Kohli*, Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, and Ishant Sharma

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim* (WK), Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, and Kamrul Islam Rabbi

India vs Bangladesh 2017 Test Scores: India 687/6 declared and 159/4 declared; Bangladesh 388 and 250

Match result: India won their one-off Test against Bangladesh by 208 runs and extended their unbeaten run in Tests to 19, with this win also extending their Test series-winning streak to six. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was awarded the man-of-the-match for his 204 and 38.

India’s last Test defeat came on Independence Day (August 15th) in 2015, at the hands of Srilanka in Galle!

India Batting 1st Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Lokesh Rahul

bowled Taskin

2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Murali Vijay

bowled Taijul

108 (160) 12 1 67.50
Cheteshwar Pujara

caught Mushfiqur, bowled Mehedi

83 (177) 9 0 46.89
Virat Kohli*

leg before wicket Taijul

204 (246) 24 0 82.92
Ajinkya Rahane

caught Mehedi, bowled Taijul

82 (133) 11 0 61.65
Wriddhiman Saha

not out

106* (155) 7 2 68.38
Ravichandran Ashwin

caught Soumya, bowled Mehedi

34 (45) 4 0 75.55
Ravindra Jadeja

not out

60* (78) 4 2 76.92
Didn’t bat Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav
Extras 8 (1 wide, 2 no-balls and 5 leg byes)
India’s total 687/6 declared in 166 overs, at 4.13 runs per over
India’s fall of wickets 2/1 (KL Rahul, 0.4), 180/2 (Pujara, 50.5), 234/3 (Vijay, 63.4), 456/4 (Rahane, 113.3), 495/5 (Kohli, 125.1), and 569/6 (Ashwin, 140.3)
Bangladesh Bowling 1st Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Taskin Ahmed 25 2 127 1 5.08
Kamrul Islam Rabbi 19 1 100 0 5.26
Soumya Sarkar 1 0 4 0 4.00
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 42 0 165 2 3.92
Shakib Al Hasan 24 4 104 0 4.33
Taijul Islam 47 6 156 3 3.31
Sabbir Rahman 3 0 10 0 3.33
Mahmudullah 5 0 16 0 3.20
Bangladesh Batting 1st Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate  
Tamim Iqbal

run out Umesh/Bhuvneshwar

24 (53) 3 0 45.28
Soumya Sarkar

caught Saha, bowled Umesh

15 (31) 3 0 48.38
Mominul Haque

leg before wicket Umesh

12 (36) 1 0 33.33
Mahmudullah Riyad

leg before wicket Ishant

28 (57) 4 0 49.12
Shakib Al Hasan

caught Umesh, bowled Ashwin

82 (103) 14 0 79.61
Mushfiqur Rahim

caught Saha, bowled Ashwin

127 (262) 16 2 48.47
Sabbir Rahman

leg before wicket Jadeja

16 (35) 2 0 45.71
Mehedi Hasan Miraz

bowled Bhuvneshwar

51 (107) 10 0 47.66
Taijul Islam

caught Saha, bowled Umesh

10 (38) 2 0 26.31
Taskin Ahmed

caught Rahane, bowled Jadeja

8 (35) 1 0 22.85
Kamrul Islam Rabbi

not out

0 (10) 0 0 0.00
Extras 15 (15 leg byes)
Bangladesh’s total 388 all out in 127.5 overs, at 3.04 runs per over
Bangladesh’s fall of wickets 38/1 (Soumya, 11.2), 44/2 (Tamim, 16.4), 64/3 (Mominul, 24.1), 109/4 (Mahmudullah, 34.4), 216/5 (Shakib, 62.1), 235/6 (Rahman, 71.1), 322/7 (Mehedi, 104.4), 339/8 (Taijul, 113.5), 378/9 (Taskin, 124.3), 388/10 (Mushfiqur, 127.5)
India Bowling 1st Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 21 7 52 1 2.47
Ishant Sharma 20 5 69 1 3.45
Ravichandran Ashwin 28.5 7 98 2 3.43
Umesh Yadav 25 6 84 3 3.36
Ravindra Jadeja 33 8 70 2 2.12
India Batting 2nd Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Murali Vijay

caught Mushfiqur, bowled Taskin

7 (14) 1 0 50.00
Lokesh Rahul

caught Mushfiqur, bowled Taskin

10 (17) 1 0 58.82
Cheteshwar Pujara

not out

54* (58) 6 1 93.10
Virat Kohli

caught Mahmudullah, bowled Shakib

38 (40) 2 1 95.00
Ajinkya Rahane

bowled Shakib

28 (35) 2 1 80.00
Ravindra Jadeja

not out

16* (10) 1 1 160.00
Didn’t bat Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav
Extras 6 (1 wide and 5 leg byes)
India’s total 159/4 declared in 29 overs, at 5.48 runs per over
India’s fall of wickets 12/1 (Vijay, 3.5), 23/2 (Rahul, 5.4), 90/3 (Kohli, 16.5), 128/4 (Rahane, 26.1)
Bangladesh Bowling 2nd Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Taijul Islam 6 1 29 0 4.83
Taskin Ahmed 7 0 43 2 6.14
Shakib Al Hasan 9 0 50 2 5.55
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 7 0 32 0 4.57
Bangladesh Batting 2nd Innings (target: 459)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate  
Tamim Iqbal

caught Kohli, bowled Ashwin

3 (11) 0 0 27.27
Soumya Sarkar

caught Rahane, bowled Jadeja

42 (66) 7 0 63.63
Mominul Haque

caught Rahane, bowled Ashwin

27 (63) 3 0 42.85
Mahmudullah

caught Bhuvneshwar, bowled Ishant

64 (149) 7 0 42.95
Shakib Al Hasan

caught Pujara, bowled Jadeja

22 (50) 4 0 44.00
Mushfiqur Rahim

caught Jadeja, bowled Ashwin

23 (44) 2 1 52.27
Sabbir Rahman

leg before wicket Ishant

22 (61) 3 1 36.06
Mehedi Hasan Miraz

caught Saha, bowled Jadeja

23 (61) 4 0 37.70
Kamrul Islam Rabbi

not out

3 (70) 0 0 4.28
Taijul Islam

caught Rahul, bowled Jadeja

6 (24) 1 0 25.00
Taskin Ahmed

leg before wicket Ashwin

1 (7) 0 0 14.28
Extras 14 (3 no-balls, 4 byes, 7 leg byes)
Bangladesh’s total 250 all out in 100.3 overs, at 2.49 runs per over
Bangladesh’s fall of wickets 11/1 (Tamim, 5.2), 71/2 (Soumya, 21.6), 75/3 (Mominul, 24.1), 106/4 (Shakib, 37.3), 162/5 (Rahim, 52.4), 213/6 (Sabbir, 70.4), 225/7 (Mahmudullah, 76.3), 242/8 (Mehedi, 90.4), 249/9 (Taijul, 97.5), and 250/10 (Taskin, 100.3)
India Bowling 2nd Innings
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8 4 15 0 1.87
Ravichandran Ashwin 30.3 10 73 4 2.40
Ishant Sharma 13 3 40 2 3.07
Umesh Yadav 12 2 33 0 2.75
Ravindra Jadeja 37 15 78 4 2.10

India vs Bangladesh Test 2017 – Match Report

When Bangladesh look back at their first Test on Indian soil, which came 17 years after they attained Test status (in 2000), they can be proud of themselves. The Bangla Tigers might have suffered a 208-run defeat, which is a huge margin even in Test cricket, but over the course of their only Test in India, Mushfiqur Rahim and co. defied the odds and showed that, with a bit more exposure and experience, they can soon start to hold their own in Tests too.

Before the India vs Bangladesh 2017 Test began, many were of the opinion that the visitors will be beaten in three days or, at the maximum, four days. And, although you might argue that India batted first and for almost two days and the pitch was benign too, Bangladesh had to contend with the scoreboard pressure and a bowling attack which had the No. 1 and 2-ranked bowlers in Test cricket.

Bangladesh, as a unit, also showed a lot of character to take their one-off Test against India into its 15th and ultimate session: Mushfiqur, the captain, led from the front with the bat in the first innings, making a patient and resolute 127; Shakib fought fire with fire and made 82 off just 103 balls; Mehedi Hasan took everyone aback with his batting ability, which he did justice to with a 107-ball 51 and Bangladesh batted 228.2 overs in the Test match.

All that, after they had a poor couple of days on the field, as they dropped catches, failed take their run-out chances and their captain missed stumpings. Why shouldn’t they feel proud, whilst focussing on the areas they must improve on?

While the Bangladeshis had plenty of positives coming out of the Hyderabad Test, they also must have learnt the harsh consequences of not doing the basics right. As a rule of thumb, you must take the chances that come your way, particularly against a team as resourceful and well-rounded as the Kohli-led India are.

Calculate this:

  1. Murali Vijay was on 35 when Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Mehedi Hasan botched up a run-out chance, with the Tamil Nadu opener going on to make 108, his ninth Test century
  2. Wriddhiman Saha was on 4 when Mushfiqur missed a simple stumping chance and the Indian wicketkeeper went on to make his second Test hundred (106*)
  3. Ravindra Jadeja was on 40 when he hit a ball down long off’s throat, but an unstable, on-rushing Tamim Iqbal dropped a dolly; the Saurashtra all-rounder made an unbeaten 60

A total of 195 runs was conceded by Bangladesh because of their sloppiness on the field. And, although we are now talking in hindsight, the visitors might well have been able to make a better fist of the Hyderabad Test if they had taken the chances the Indian batsmen provided them.

From Bangladesh’s perspective, a resolute batting display on the third day was probably their highest point, as they made 281 runs and more importantly lost just five wickets. The presence of their skipper and the young spin sensation Mehedi in the middle, gave Bangladesh a glimmer of hope that they could go back home with a draw. The pitch was still playing well and Mushfiqur and Mehedi were batting solidly. But the drops and misses from days one and two of the Hyderabad Test, were just too great to overcome.

On the final day too, Bangladesh batted resolutely, this time led by Mahmudullah. Their lower order batsmen occupied the crease for a considerable time and the Indian bowlers had to work hard for every Bangladeshi wicket.

India were pushed and tested by Bangladesh, and the conditions tested their mettle. But Kohli and co. showed why they are the No. 1-ranked Test side in the world and why teams like Australia aren’t being given a chance of beating India in India.

The hosts were a little fortuitous in the way the one-off Test against Bangladesh panned out. They won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat first. Then, as aforementioned, Bangladesh’s shoddy fielding display helped India post close to 200 runs more than they might have. After they put up 687/6 declared in their first innings, India called the shots in the Test match.

Albeit the Indian batsmen provided their team with a significant advantage by posting a first innings total of close to 700, the Indian bowlers made the telling difference by taking 20 Bangladeshi wickets.

Therefore, the Indian think tank has to be credited for deciding to go in with four bowlers and one all-rounder (Ravichandran Ashwin can no longer be called just a bowler!), just as much as Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the two spinners deserve to be credited for bowling India to another massive Test win.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, in particular, go into the four-Test series against Australia in great batting form, while the likes of Vijay, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane can be relied upon. This Test win must have given great satisfaction for the Indian Cricket team, who came through a tough Test to win one.

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