Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer back on track against Bangladesh
Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer back on track against Bangladesh

CHATTOGRAM: India regained momentum against Bangladesh thanks to an unbroken 62-run partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer that brought the visitors to 174/4 in 56 overs at the tea break.

India batted a little more slowly than in the first session, but they still managed to reenter the game in the second. Despite Rishabh Pant's counterattack being tamely ended by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Iyer brought out his usual attacking shots against the spinners intermittently to be 41 not out, whereas Pujara was as solid as a rock in his unbeaten 42.

Despite making a full stretch to his right, wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan missed Pujara's catch off Ebadot Hossain in the first over after lunch. After successfully pulling and slashing off the backfoot in the first session, Pant slog-swept Mehidy over deep mid-wicket for six.

However, Mehidy had the last laugh when Pant tried to cut the ball cheekily on the very next ball, but the bottom edge tore away his off-stump bail, leaving the erratic left-hander four runs short of his fifty.
Iyer got off to a nervous start, avoiding a boundary-rolling fall over an edge. Pujara was being troubled by Hossain as Bangladesh slowed the run-flow. However, Pujara managed to break the chains by striking expertly off Khaled Ahmed, and Iyer then lofted over mid-on off Mehidy.

After three balls, Mehidy didn't offer much width, but Iyer effectively utilised his crease to cut through point. As the ball started to spin rapidly for Mehidy and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, Bangladesh continued to dry up the runs.

After some calm time, Iyer lofted an inside-out over cover on a flighted ball from Shakib Al Hasan, and then he finished the session with a beautiful drive-through cover to give India the advantage in the second session.

Earlier, despite the losses of captain KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli, Pant's counterattack had helped India reach 85/3 in 26 overs. Gill and Kohli were dismissed by Taijul, and Rahul was bowled by Khaled while being sliced onto his stumps.

Brief Scores: India defeated Bangladesh by an innings score of 174/4 (Rishabh Pant 46, Cheteshwar Pujara 42 not out; Taijul Islam 2/43, Khaled Ahmed 1/23).

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