With less than 200 overs played in 5 days of the Fatullah Test, a damp draw was an inevitable result. But Day 5 was not as dull as the last 4 days, as India managed to bowl Bangladesh out in the 1st innings and swiftly enforced the follow on. Carrying on from an overnight score of 111/3, the hosts were bowled out for 256, after a protracted rain break delayed start of play by nearly four hours. However, with limited time at their disposal to take 10 more wickets in the second innings, the visitors had to stay content with a draw.
Indian spinners run through Bangladesh middle order
The Fatullah track appeared to be a batting paradise, after India managed to post a massive 462/6(dec) in their 1st innings. However the spinners – Ashwin and Harbhajan – efficiently turned the ground conditions to their advantage on Day 5. Ashwin knocked over Shakib Al Hasan within 15 minutes of start of play. Bhajji followed it up with the wicket of the well set half centurion Imrul Kayes, after a brief period of consolidation. Soumya Sarkar was cleaned up by Varun Aaron in the very next over. Litton Das fought hard to avert the prospects of a follow on, but the Indian spinners swiftly cleaned up the Bangladeshi tail. The home team was 6 short of avoiding the follow on, when the last batsman – Jubair Hossain – was unfortunately run out. Virat Kohli, sensing an unlikely win, eagerly went ahead and enforced the follow on.
Bangladesh hold on to a draw in 2nd innings
The prospects of India bowling out Bangladesh within 30 overs, looked bleak. The weather looked ominous all throughout the day. And yet, there was a sense of anticipation in the air when the two teams walked out into the field for the 3rd innings of the match. The hosts, however, managed to avoid any more slip-ups this time. Tamim Iqbal played an uncharacteristically quiet knock of 16 off 41 balls. Imrul Kayes hung on for 49 deliveries, scoring just 7 in the process. Bangladesh safely negotiated 15 overs in the 2nd innings, scored just 23, but didn’t lose any wickets!
So, a good outing for Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane, Ashwin and Harbhajan, but the scoreboard will show this match as a draw.
Fatullah Test – Day 5 Scorecard
India 1st Innings (462/6 dec, Shikhar Dhawan 173, Shakib Al Hasan 4/105)
Bangladesh 1st Innings (256 all out, Imrul Kayes 72, Ravichandran Ashwin 5/87)
Bangladesh 2nd Innings (f/o) – 23/0 (Tamim Iqbal 16*)