Mishra spins India to victory over Bangladesh

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed four second session wickets as India completed a 113-run victory over hosts Bangladesh in the first test on Thursday.

By (Reuters)

Published: Thu 21 Jan 2010, 8:12 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:32 AM

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (101) was last man out following his maiden test century, Mishra having him caught by substitute fielder Pragyan Ojha at long-off as the hosts were all out for 301.

Mushfiqur’s century, in which he struck 17 fours and a six, was the highlight of an otherwise disappointing batting performance by the hosts.

Bangladesh resumed the final day on 67-2 chasing an unlikely 415 for victory but they were reduced to 136-5 at lunch after Virender Sehwag dismissed Tamim Iqbal for 52 and Ishant Sharma claimed the wickets of Mohammad Ashraful and Raqibul Hassan.

Mishra (4-92) then set to work wrapping up the bulk of the tail.

First he had Shakib Al Hasan (17) caught by Sehwag at silly point after the ball popped up off the shoulder of the bat, then Shahadat Hossain (24) clean bowled and Shafiul Islam (8) went after he drilled a catch back to the bowler.

Zaheer Khan claimed the other wicket of Mahmudullah for 20 after he was caught by Dinesh Karthik.

“They did not bat well. I think they bowled well in the first innings because the conditions were helping. But we batted well in the second innings. We put 400 runs on the board. It was difficult for Bangladesh to chase those runs,” said Sehwag,

Sehwag led India in the game in the absence of injured regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Bangladesh’s top-scorer Rahim said the first session on the fifth day proved decisive.

“We lost the match to a great extent in the first session after the fall of wickets of Tamim and Ashraful,” he said. “If we could have got through the first session, they would have been under a lot of pressure in the next two sessions.”

India, the number one ranked test team, can wrap up a series win in the second and final test which begins in Dhaka on Jan. 24.

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