Mohammed Shami has been India’s best bowler in the last one year in Test cricket. He was once again in his business during the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. He bowled a ripper of a delivery to castle the timber of Mushfiqur Rahi, who had looked in sublime touch with the bat till then.
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India struck early after Bangladesh’s stand-in skipper Mominul Haque opted to bat first. Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Shami shared apiece each before the visiting side skipper and Mushfiqur stitched a tight partnership. Striving at 31 for three, the duo ensured Bangladesh doesn’t lose more wickets before lunch.
Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim both missed a few but looked to bail out their side. But Ravichandran Ashwin struck moments after lunch to remove skipper Mominul Haque. The India off-spinner got rewarded after a hard first session and backed it up by removing Mahmudullah to have the Bangla Tigers at 115 for five.
Mushfiqur Rahim was the only hope for the Bangladesh team, who till then had looked comfortable with the bat. But Mohamed Shami, who has had an extraordinary year with the ball, produced another ripper of a delivery to knock Mushfiqur’s timber.
Shami went wide of the bowling crease to angle the ball in and Rahim thought of leaving it. But when he tried to wood it, was too late for him to bring down the bat as the cherry crashed onto the stumps. Mohammed Shami used his reverse and conventional swing to perfection to set up the wicket.
India skipper Virat Kohli looked extremely happy and pumped up as he hugged Shami tightly while celebrating the wicket. Kohli had highly praised this bowling unit calling them the best in the world on the eve of the first Test match. With Bangladesh struggling at 140 for eight, India will hope to bowl them out before piling on runs to knock them out of the game.
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