Indian Cricket Team had a topsy-turvy Day 1 after electing to bat first. The Men in Blue scored 278 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara was the stand-out batter who scored 90 runs in 203 balls where he struck 11 fours. Pujara showed a lot of grit as there was uneven bounce and turn in the pitch.
Shreyas Iyer gave ample support to Pujara as Shreyas scored an unbeaten 82 runs in 169 balls where he smashed 10 boundaries. Shreyas Iyer was seen using his feet and was quite keen on rotating the strike. The duo was involved in 149 runs partnership where they made bowlers toil a lot.
Wasim Jaffer on Cheteshwar Pujara
Wasim Jaffer was seen interacting with ESPNcricinfo and was asked about Cheteshwar Pujara. “That was a standard, typical Pujara innings. Wickets were falling from the other end and he was soaking all the pressure up by taking his time and anything loose, he was scoring runs on it. It’s a kind of standard Pujara innings. He was quite unfortunate and would feel unlucky to miss out on a very good hundred,” said Wasim Jaffer.
“On top of that, Test Cricket is not being played regularly. He has been in and out, he has played county cricket and he has played a little bit for Saurashtra but coming straight into his groove that’s Cheteshwar Pujara. getting into his groove. I am happy for him, he did all the hard yards, took his time early on, played spinners really well.” he added.
Crucial Phase for India
Shreyas Iyer would be keen to stretch the first innings score beyond 350 as that would give the team a massive advantage. The duo Ashwin & Shreyas will have to be watchful in the first hour as Bangladesh would be to wrap up the innings. It would be interesting to see whether Shreyas goes berserk as the pitch now has started to deteriorate.
Bangladesh most probably once again would give a long spell to Taijul Hasan as the left arm spinner has taken 3 wickets and has been quite disciplined in his line and length. It won’t be wrong to say that the morning session will decide the fate of the 1st Test Match.