India dominated the opening day of their maiden pink ball Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today. India finished the day with a score of 174 for three in 46 overs as they take a lead of 68 runs in the first innings.
The only thing that went Bangladesh's way on Day 1 of the Kolkata Test is the toss. Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque won the toss and opted to bat. After that it was all India as their pace trio -- Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami -- bundled Bangladesh for a meagre 106 in the first innings. Ishant Sharma was the most impressive one, returning figures of five for 22. Mohammad Shami was lethal, especially with his bouncers. Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan had to be replaced by Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam after both Liton and Nayeem were hit on the helmet off Mohammad Shami bouncers.
Following the exchange, India were solid with the bat too. Pujara scored a 105-ball 55 before being dismissed while Virat Kohli remained unbeaten for a 93-ball 59 as India finished the day being on top.
Overs 45.6, Ind 174/3
Rahane defends an Ebadot Hossain delivery. No runs taken. That's stumps on Day 1. India lead by 68 runs.
Overs 39.5, Ind 144/3
Virat Kohli gets to his 23rd fifty in Tests in style. He pulls an Ebadot Hossain delivery through mid-wicket for a four.