India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, 1st day February 9, 2017

Vijay, Kohli hundreds headline India's dominance


India 356 for 3 (Kohli 111*, Vijay 108, Pujara 83) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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'Kohli ran Bangladesh into the ground'

M Vijay, who was reprieved on 35, and his captain Virat Kohli punished Bangladesh with contrasting centuries, which led India to 356 for 3 on the first day in in Hyderabad. Vijay combined with Cheteshwar Pujara, who was handed a life on 11, in a 178-run partnership, before Kohli seamlessly took charge of the innings.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim termed his side's first bilateral international in India as a "great moment"; he might have later felt it was a wild roller-coaster ride. At the end of the day, in which Bangladesh's fielding went from bad to worse, they were left nauseous and with a teasing thought: what might have been?

Pujara and Vijay, India's most prolific pair in Test cricket in the last decade, extended their dominance on Thursday with another century partnership, their fifth this home season and eighth overall.

Kohli looked like he was on autopilot right from the moment he arrived, 30 minutes before tea. He began with two fours off his first three balls, the second of which was punched fiercely to the long-off boundary. He brought up his fifty off 70 balls at the end of the 73rd over, then brought up his next fifty off 60 balls with a signature whiplash to the midwicket boundary. Kohli now has a Test hundred against every opposition he has played against (he has not played against Pakistan and Zimbabwe).

Bangladesh, though, had enjoyed the perfect start to their first bilateral international in India with fast bowler Taskin Ahmed removing KL Rahul in the first over. Rahul chased a full, wide ball - wider than a set of stumps outside off - and dragged it back onto the stumps. Taskin and Kamrul Islam Rabbi then found movement in the air and off the seam, and took regular trips past the edges. They also sent down rising short balls, which forced Vijay and Pujara to throw their gloves in front of their faces.

At the end of five overs, India had only played four scoring shots. The first boundary arrived in the next over when Pujara uncharacteristically drove away from the body and sent an outside edge flying to his right of gully.

Four balls later, Pujara watched a leading edge drop in front of cover. About three overs later, Kamrul drew an outside edge from Pujara, which dropped well in front of Shakib Al Hasan at first slip. Mushfiqur could possibly have caught it had he dived to his right, but he was unmoved. Then, in the 15th over, Mehedi Hasan Miraz produced an outside edge each from Pujara and Vijay, which flew to the right of Shakib at slip.

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When big runs were not enough

Vijay's major reprieve came when he and Pujara found themselves at the same end. Kamrul put in the dive at square leg to create the run-out chance, and lobbed the ball back to Mehedi, the bowler. With the ball travelling slowly to him, Mehedi panicked and failed to collect the throw cleanly.

India enjoyed these breaks in the field but the runs began to flow only after lunch. Vijay drove fluently through the covers and launched Shakib straight back over his head. Pujara brought out his staple shots - the bottom-handed drive and late-cut - and looked increasingly confident against the old ball on a slow track.

The three spinners bowled 15 consecutive overs between them in the second session and conceded 54 runs. Overall, the second session yielded 120 runs in 31 overs.

When Pujara drove Mehedi straight down the ground for four in the 51st over, he broke the record for most runs in an Indian first-class season, surpassing Chandu Borde's tally of 1604 in 1964-65. The joy, though, was short-lived as he misread the next delivery - a straight ball from Mehedi - and edged behind, Mushfiqur diving to his right this time and pouching it via a ricochet off the pad.

Kohli announced himself with authoritative boundaries, while Vijay got to his ninth Test hundred before being bowled around his legs in the sixth over after tea.

Ajinkya Rahane, picked over Karun Nair, seemed comfortable while moving to 45 off 60 balls in an unbroken 122-run stand with Kohli. Bangladesh, though, were far from comfortable: the fumbles continued in the field and they even wasted a review.

In the 62nd over, Taijul Isam tossed one up on middle and leg, and Kohli middled his forward defensive. Taijul and the close-in fielders reckoned it was pad first, only for the replays to throw up how embarrassing Bangladesh's decision to review the on-field not-out call was. The second new ball wasn't spared either, and Kohli went onto middle everything. He claimed 94 of the 150 runs India scored in the post-tea session.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   Raghu Panjala on February 10, 2017, 16:49 GMT

    All of these batsmen are in same league. None is special Kohli,ABD,SSmith,Faf,DeKock,Warner,Root,Williamson,Amla. There are 4 SA's,1 Ind, 1 Eng, 2 Aus, 1 NZ. This clearly shows how far ahead is SA of others and if one adds their bowling,its unbeatable.

  • Dream_4235749 on February 10, 2017, 14:54 GMT

    Jadeja's six of left arm spinner .... reminded Saurav Ganguly old days of India Vs Zimbabwe matches

  • Aneesh on February 10, 2017, 11:33 GMT

    @CRICFAN72325702...Premature celebration syndrome :)))))) Mr. Mushfiqur Rahman, the best wicket keeper in the world invented it.....

  • mahbub4075347 on February 10, 2017, 11:13 GMT

    Good contribution for all the batsman is needed to save this match. From third day ball might starts to turn and if that happens then it is ominous sign for ban. Need to avoid follow on atleast. Still that might not be enough for us. India in their own soil is world most dangerous test team. But hoping for our batsman to standout. We have to prove a lot that we have improved. If we can prove that here then surely we will get to play lot more test matches than now. Anyway well plaid opponents. Bad display from us until now. But I do believe that we are far good team than what we have shown in the last two days

  • grant on February 10, 2017, 10:14 GMT

    KARTHIKFROMCHENNAI in the history of cricket india won. Is that this valid today. Lets go in history for the other teams too. They all won in india but india dit not win one series in sa and aus. In 1688 india won in nepal.

  • ARVIND on February 10, 2017, 7:32 GMT

    Already 4 centuries for BD

  • ARVIND on February 10, 2017, 6:55 GMT

    Virat kholi first batsman in Test history to smash four double-hundreds in four successive series, going past Bradman and Dravid.... Wow that's some great efforts.... #1 Batsman in present

  • Aumkar on February 10, 2017, 6:41 GMT

    I honestly do not understand why visitors don't simply agree that they are playing a better team. Whenever visitors are failing either the pitch will be blamed or toss will be blamed or any other ridiculous reason. NZ lost 3-0, Eng lost 4-0 & that was pretty one sided. SA lost on spinning pitches where only ABD made a century while there were 2 batsmen from India scoring centuries. What else the same SA team lost to Eng in their home tour so somewhere people have to accept that India have won because they have performed better in these conditions. Other teams have world class batsmen, world class bowlers but they just couldn't outperform their Indian counterparts irrespective of toss, pitch or conditions. BD got a wicket of 4th ball & had many opportunities. Had they taken it may be they would have been batting in these so called best batting conditions. They didn't so they are on backfoot. Isn't it simple??

  • jaywar4106890 on February 10, 2017, 6:37 GMT

    A.RAHMAN So you mean Varon Aaron and Umesh Yadav are bowling only at 120-125. Mate your eyes must be extraordinary then. I don't know about Indian bowlers. But your Bangladeshi self proclaimed tigers are surely laughing stock across the world. Are you suffering from 'Premature Celebration syndrome' just like your club level players?

  • Ashiqur Rahman on February 10, 2017, 6:35 GMT

    Sitaram: you are spot on. Its a waste for BD. Playing with India on a ROAD pitxh wont help BD. What waste of time for BD players. They should have invited other teams who appriciate sportinf wixkets. thats why Musfiqur did not accept it as a Historic test. BD players should have rested and prepare for Sri Lanka and Pakistan matches. What a waste of valuable time playing with this India team.

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