Bangladesh vs India, 2nd Test, Day 2, Top Performances: Rishabh Pant’s 93, Shreyas Iyer's 87 and Taijul Islam's 4/74 are the top performances of the day. Bangladesh 7-0 at stumps on day 2 after India were bowled out for 314.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 7/0 & 227 trail India 314 (Rishabh Pant 93, Shreyas Iyer 87, Taijul Islam 4/74) by 80 runs at stumps on Day 2
After India bowled Bangladesh out for 227 runs, the top order of India continued with their struggles against Bangladesh spinners. India captain KL Rahul failed to score a fifty for the third straight game and has only scored 65 runs in three innings in the series so far. The other opener, Shubham Gill, after a scintillating knock in the first Test, struggled against Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli got off to good starts, before the former edged one to Mominul Haque at short leg off the bowling of Taijul Islam.
Taskin Ahmed returned to the squad after missing the first Test and got rid of Virat Kohli with a cracking delivery after lunch. Kohli poked one outside off stump and a simple catch to Nurul Hasan paved the way back for the former to the pavilion.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant come to India’s rescue
India were struggling at 94/4, after losing Virat Kohli early in the post-lunch session. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant's good run in Test matches continued as the duo added 159 runs for the 5th wicket.
India were on track for a huge lead with Iyer and Pant going great guns but Bangladesh struck in quick succession dismissing Pant, Axar Patel and Shreyas Iyer in the span of 6 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan's 4-wicket haul in the third session helped Bangladesh in restricting India’s lead to 87 runs. Bangladesh openers played out 6 overs, scoring 7 runs without losing a wicket at stumps on Day 2.
Let’s scan the top three performances from the second day of the second Test between Bangladesh and India at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Rishabh Pant continues to deliver at crucial times
Rishabh Pant after a poor outing in the 1st Test, scored 93 runs in the first innings of the second Test on Day 2. Pant's counter-attacking innings helped India gain a lead of 87 runs in the first innings. The left-hander attacked Bangladesh spinners, Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan, smashing five sixes.
Pant scored his 11th fifty in Tests with a trickle down the leg side for two runs. The dynamic Delhi batter missed out on a well-deserved hundred by 7 runs. This is the 6th time he got out in the 90s. Pant poked one to the wicketkeeper off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz, which led to his demise.
Shreyas Iyer scores back-to-back fifties
Shreyas Iyer is having a great year as his performance has been top-notch in Tests in 2022. Iyer scored his second fifty in the series at a crucial time. He once again proved his worth in the team by scoring yet another knock under pressure. India were in trouble at 94/4. Bangladesh had all the momentum after getting India four down but Iyer scored at a fast pace alongside Pant.
Iyer reached his 5th Test fifty. He has been one of the most consistent performers for India in Test matches in the middle order. His aggressive approach and ability to play spinners are the plus points of his game.
In his knock of 87, Iyer smashed 10 fours and 2 sixes playing at a strike rate of 82.86. Shakib Al Hasan bowled a tossed-up delivery and the ball kept low, sneaking past the bat and striking on the pads. Iyer's wicket was the turning point in India's innings as Bangladesh bowlers ran through India’s lower order.
Taijul Islam once again strikes with a four-wicket haul
Taijul Islam is one of the most consistent performers in this series. He troubled the Indian batters in the 1st Test bagging 4 wickets. He once again struck gold for Bangladesh. Taijul struck early for Bangladesh in the first session dismissing KL Rahul, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara in the first session. The left-arm spinner is one of Bangladesh's best finds in the recent past. Islam's 4-wicket haul helped Bangladesh in not letting India take a huge first innings lead.
What to Expect on Day 3
The pitch has assistance for spinners as India look to get early wickets on Day 3. Bangladesh will be aiming to put up a challenging total as batting is sure to become difficult in the fourth innings. However, two good sessions for India with the ball can end the game on Day 3 itself.